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Thursday, January 24 • 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Why prizes and their citations deserve a persistent identifier of their own

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Prizes are important indicators of esteem in research, and they deserve a persistent primary record of their own.  

 * Award citation information is needed throughout the sector, all the time

To name a few examples, institutions aggregate prizes from their alumni over time to build a story about the minds they have educated, and how welcoming their research environment is to support creativity. Prizes are built into university rankings and accreditation processes.  To tell these stories easily, award citation information needs to be easily available.

* Award citations should be richly described records

An award citation is more than just a date, award, and link to a person and awarding body. A citation links to the research that it acknowledges. Upon acceptance award, often an occasional speech is recorded. The best way to capture award citations in all of the richness they deserve is to establish normative metadata practices based around the minting of a persistent identifier.

* Award citations are the historical signposts through which society understands research progress. These signposts deserve a permanent digital record.

* Creating transparency around on prizes can help improve research culture

At their best, prizes recognise a diversity of research achievement in society from literature to physics and everything in between. It has also been observed that prizes are being awarded to a concentrated set of elite researchers. By making prize awardee information more discoverable, more informed decisions about what prizes to award, and who to award them to can be made.

*The flow of prize information through the research systems is currently significantly hampered. It needs fixing.

Wikidata is perhaps the best secondary source of prize information.  Consider how it gets there. What information does it loose along the way?  A significant amount work could be reduced by building information flows around the authority that persistent records provide.

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Simon Porter

VP Academic Relationships and Knowledge Architecture, Digital Science
Simon Porter is the Director of Innovation at Digital Science. Three years ago, Simon came to Digital Science from the University of Melbourne, where he worked for 15 years in roles spanning the Library, Research Administration, and Information Technology. Beginning from a core strength... Read More →

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