Today I’m going to write about something that came up at Code4Lib, has been on my mind recently, and is near and dear to my heart: authority reconciliation. You might remember this blog post from almost a year ago? If you don’t remember, or don’t have time to go back and read it, I’ll summarize the gist pretty quickly: reconciling large amounts of data against established authorities is complicated, time-consuming, and often frustrating, but we do the best that we can. I think my own experience in doing this type of work is why Christina Harlow’s talk “Get Your Recon” resonated so strongly with me. Continue reading
Yesterday I attended a presentation at the Weill Cornell Medical College on VIVO, a system that can aggregate information about research and scholarship from a variety of data sources. Although it comes out of the biomedical research community, VIVO can theoretically supply this same functionality to any academic discipline. In addition, because information in VIVO is typically derived from an academic institution’s records, it is generally more trustworthy and accurate than information in a system like LinkedIn or Academia.edu, where an individual can edit their own profile and so could misrepresent themselves and their expertise.