The Names Project is working to uniquely identify individuals and institutions involved in research in the United Kingdom. Our aim is to make it easier to link individuals with the results of their research.
The pilot Names system currently identifies over 40,000 of the UK's top researchers. We are working with universities and other research institutions to increase the number of individuals who have a Names identifier. Individual researchers who do not already have a Names unique identifier can obtain one by completing the Names submission form.
Universities can obtain unique identifiers for their staff by submitting information in bulk to the Names team.
The Names Project is funded by JISC as part of the Information Environment Programme's Shared Infrastructure Services Strand. It is a collaboration between Mimas and the British Library.
The Expert Panel for Names has been established to guide and advise the project team. It includes representatives of repositories, repository software developers, and metadata and name authority experts. There is a mailing list for this group.
- Stephen Andrews, British Library
- Phil Barker, Heriot-Watt University
- Rachel Bruce, JISC
- Santy Chumbe, Heriot-Watt University
- Alan Danskin, British Library
- Basil Dewhurst, National Library of Australia
- James Farnhill,JISC
- Thom Hickey, OCLC
- Steve Hitchcock, University of Southampton
- Philip Hunter, University of Edinburgh
- Neil Jacobs, JISC
- Pete Johnston, Eduserv
- Linda Kerr, Intute
- Jackie Knowles, Repositories Support Project
- Traugott Koch, Max Planck Institute
- Gerry Lawson, Research Councils UK
- Andrew MacEwan, British Library
- Richard Moore, British Library
- Martin Moyle, University College London
- William Nixon, University of Glasgow
- Charles Oppenheim, University of Loughborough
- Sally Rumsey, University of Oxford
- Karen Smith-Yoshimura, OCLC
- Neil Wilson, British Library
The first meeting of the Panel was held on 27 September 2007 in London.
Project reports and documents are posted on this page as they are completed.
Reports and plans
- Phase Two Final Report, September 2011 [PDF format, 463 KB]
- Feedback from stakeholder community on the JISC Names Project, October 2010 [PDF format, 772 KB]
- Phase Two Project Plan, August 2009 [PDF format, 229 KB]
- Phase One Final Report, July 2009 [PDF format, 42 KB]
- Software Requirements Specification, 11 July 2008 [PDF format, 336 KB]
- Data Analysis and FRAD mappings, 8 April 2008:
- Requirements Report, 26 February 2008 [PDF format, 170KB]
- Usage Scenarios, 30 October 2007 [PDF format, 31KB]
- Landscape Report, updated 26 June 2008 [PDF format, 112 KB]
- Project Plan, October 2007 [PDF format, 125 KB]
- The Names Project developer, Dan Needham is giving progress updates on Twitter.
- Presentation by Dan Needham on Names project at Web Services and Repositories workshop, 2 June 2009 [PowerPoint slides, 205KB]
- 'What's in a Name? Prototyping a name authority service for UK repositories', paper for ISKO2008 conference, Montréal, August 2008 [PDF format, 165KB]
- The Names Project Blog was started on 26 February 2007
- Feedback on the project from attendees of the UKCoRR meeting [PDF format, 23KB]
- Names Project, introductory slides presented by Jackie Knowles (Expert Panel member) at the UKCoRR meeting on 23 November 2007 [via SlideShare]
- 'What's in a Name?', article introducing the project in Focus on Mimas, September 2007