[Esip-preserve] [esip-semanticweb] Identifiers for people?

Bruce Barkstrom brbarkstrom at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 16:25:54 EST 2012

Find somebody who has a copy of AARC2 and see
what librarians have recommended before assuming
that the whole world didn't exist before the Web.

Bruce B.

On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM, Curt Tilmes <Curt.Tilmes at nasa.gov> wrote:
> On 03/07/2012 01:56 PM, Sky Bristol wrote:
>> USGS has been working on this issue as well for some time. We've
>> done it as part of what we've used "master data management" for in a
>> project called ScienceBase. I just cross-posted a blog I'd written a
>> while back to a public location that provides an overview on this
>> work.
>> https://my.usgs.gov/confluence/x/dQCfCQ
> Very interesting -- thanks so much for posting that.  A lot of
> interesting work going on there.  (BTW -- Tom Armstrong says Hi!)
>> One of the biggest challenges we are having in a government world
>> that we still haven't resolved to satisfaction is dealing with
>> Privacy Act concerns. There's all kinds of things that come into
>> play when a government agency starts aggregating information on
>> people, even when many of them work for us. In that respect, doing
>> this under the auspices of DataONE would be a little smoother. :-)
> Hmm.. I'll probably have to look into that some more..
>> The blog post doesn't talk about IDs specifically, but we've ended
>> up storing any number of IDs with people records in
>> ScienceBase. We've got Library of Congress name authority IDs, local
>> data system IDs, and a variety of others. We do as much automated
>> disambiguation every time we encounter a new contact as we can and
>> are still working on developing the data librarian practice to fill
>> in the human bits.
> So anyway, Peter Schoephoester seems like a really popular person at
> USGS, (associated with 346,675 items, wow! busy guy!)
> His "Person Profile Page" in sciencebase refers to him simply by
> number (his "Party Id"):
>  http://my.usgs.gov/catalog/catalogParty/show/15322
> so it looks like you simply mint a new Party Id for each disambiguated
> person/organization you add to the system, then just always use id
> 15322 whenever you want to refer to that person?
> I'll definitely be taking a closer look at sciencebase..
> --
> Curt Tilmes, Ph.D.
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