Indexing Identifier Services
Where do you look for identifiers?
If you’re looking for a URI, the IANA has a registry of
These days, to resolve an identifier, you generally use the
https scheme, which has an
component in its URI format. You can go with content addressing like IPLD
CIDs, but that doesn’t solve where to look – it solves knowing that
you found the thing (or that you already have the thing).
Authority is hard to persist. So people and organizations pool efforts towards generic authority
https URI scheme, like
wikidata.org, etc. Or they pool towards authority with narrower scope,
igsn.org, etc. Or they just pursue lasting authority with a new
.org or through a trusted
I think OpenAlex is setting a nice example of collecting identifiers from various systems and connecting them, along with descriptive metadata.
What about collecting identifier services? Is this of interest? Is it a fool’s errand due to the rise and fall of authority? Or is tracking and using the rising and falling of reputation and reliability, Google-PageRank-style, a way to shepherd researchers to robust persistence of identifiers?