Background

The Names Project ran between 2007 and 2013, with the remit of investigating ways of uniquely identifying UK researchers. During that time, the project team developed a software prototype including algorithms for disambiguating individuals and institutions within source data sets containing researchers' names and works.

This was used on a variety of national and institutional data sets, in combination with a manual quality assurance process, to create unique identifiers for 50,000 individuals and institutions, and associated name authority records. These are available on this site and the identifiers have also been submitted to the International Standard for Name Identifiers (ISNI) service.

All the source code developed by the project is available for download at Bitbucket. This includes the disambiguation service, web front end and documentation.See below for details.

Documents

Project reports and documents are posted on this page as they are completed.

Reports and plans

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

Dissemination

2012

2009

2008

2007

Further information

Names project blog
Names project Twitter account

Project source and documentation

Project Documentation
Disambiguation package
Database manager package
Names UI application
Example data handler
Example data handler two
Match service

API

The API for this version of the names web application is described here

Contact

For further information contact names.mimas@manchester.ac.uk