For starters, 50 percent of respondents say they record an author's name exactly as it appears on the publication:
Did you expect that? Given how many repository managers are librarians (and therefore schooled in authority control), plus how far we already distort our repositories to meet the requirements of ERA, I'm surprised that well under half of repository managers are not using either the HR name and/or another method of authority control.
Many people are wondering whether the NicNames Project is building a national authority file for researchers. My answer is no. That's a job for someone else. Our brief is to help you find practical ways to manage names in your repositories. And authority files are not practical for IRs. Here's why.
I'd love to know why. Is it that you feel it's inappropriate to record the date of birth for living people? Or would you like to record it but the data isn't available to more than 2 of you?
3. FORs may not be a perfect classification scheme, but they do provide a controlled vocabulary of Australasian research disciplines. And when they're read in conjunction with details about co-authors (recorded on every publication) and affiliation (recorded in over half of Australian repositories), they tell us a lot about a person's research identity.