#IRISC Session 1 – Barend Mons

Nanopublications are on the agenda now – the concept that the smallest unit of research data should be publishable, and of course you need to be able to apply identifier information to this. This create a massive noise of data, a massive noise of concepts…and these concepts need to be identifable.

For the first time in the session someone highlights that people and objects are no difference – people are just a concept that can have an identity tag associated with them, as are bits of data. This brings another role in to play – the person who is not just identified as an author but the person who is identified as being most linked to a concept and therefore most likely to be an expert on a subject area. Mons refers to this as a ‘concept profile’.

This approach to nano-publishing creates its own anatomy, that does not necessarily map in to the approaches used in traditional author identifier approaches. Mons then goes on to explain how all of these identifiers canbe used in tweets, blogs, wikis etc…again the first person to move outside the traditional publishing space. Mons believes this can only be done through the VIVO approach, whereas ORCID has more application in sorting out the problem of accurate impact citations in the traditional publishing space.