What is Online Identity?




Online identity is the idea that everything interacting in the digital realm has or acquires a set of data or attributes, both inherent and changeable, that uniquely identify them as a person or entity online. Relevant to issues of privacy and authentication, digital identity encompasses a wide array of contextual and technical identifiers that exist in a ontological taxonomy. Traits can be understood and accepted in mutually agreed upon contexts such as when providing data like name and address for a PayPal transaction, and in the far more technical view that describes the relationships of these entities and objects to each other in cyberspace. Another dimension of this topic is the persona one forges through their online profiles and avatars, specifically on social media.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to academic and research libraries?


  • see "Online Scholarly Presence or Identity" comments in R2. - lcshedd lcshedd Apr 15, 2015

  • I think this is a critical area for academic libraries. Scholarly outputs (articles, data sets, software, presentations, etc) are scattered all over the network, residing in a variety of repositories, proprietary online services, and publisher access platforms. It is increasingly difficult to bring together a scholar's complete body of work across these disparate systems. Persistent researcher identifiers like ORCID are essential for solving this problem. - lavoie lavoie Apr 17, 2015 - DaveP DaveP Apr 19, 2015 agree
  • Online Scholarly Presence or Identity ResearchGate, Academic.edu, ORCID, Mendeley, Google Scholar, etc. all present the opportunity to represent one's scholarly identity online. Increasingly graduate students and even undergraduate students are being challenged to take control of their identity and begin to present themselves online in that role. Libraries are offering workshops and training, e.g., Create and Manage an Online Scholarly Presence (http://illinois.edu/calendar/detail/4068?eventId=32403372&calMin=201502&cal=20141114&skinId=6233) and
    If You Wrote a Book – Own Your Amazon Author Page and More (http://illinois.edu/calendar/detail/4068?eventId=32463686&calMin=201504&cal=20150411&skinId=7198) to assist with this sometimes daunting task. - lisahinchliffe lisahinchliffe Apr 11, 2015 - oren oren Apr 14, 2015 - aarontay aarontay Apr 19, 2015as well as an opportunity for libraries to help faculty and students create their scholarly profile/Vitae based on their academic activities (research, teaching,...). such as U of Arizona's Vitae http://uavitae.arizona.edu/ Great topic - lcshedd lcshedd Apr 15, 2015 - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Apr 19, 2015 I agree that this is important -- I just made notes about it on the "Social Networks" section of Research Question #1 - melissa.bowles-terry melissa.bowles-terry Apr 17, 2015 - Jacqueline.Fritz Jacqueline.Fritz Apr 18, 2015 Excellent topic. Here is another example:
    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/april/stanford-profiles-website-041814.html Absolutely agreed. We should consider that topic - Achim.Bonte Achim.Bonte Apr 18, 2015 - edlef edlef Apr 18, 2015 - dianeb dianeb Apr 18, 2015 I remember a lot of discussion about this last year during this process and not sure where it fell out but it is increasing in significance. - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Apr 19, 2015 Yes! Yes on this one! - anthony.helm anthony.helm Apr 18, 2015 I like this addition. I think this has really taken off and provides some interesting opportunities for academic libraries. - Sandy.hirsh Sandy.hirsh Apr 19, 2015 - JoanLippincott JoanLippincott Apr 20, 2015 This is a strong and interesting trend. I'd add teaching about conducting oneself appropriately across various networks. - mstephens7 mstephens7 Apr 20, 2015 Interesting opportunity to combine and unify all kinds of different services in a suite a products -- authoring, citation management, identity management, research metrics and alt-metrics. A vendor that could provide this kind of solution would be great.
    - This is a very important trend. There is broad adoption of identifiers by scholarly publishers, and significant uptake by funders. OCLC published a review of this recently: http://www.oclc.org/research/themes/research-collections/registering-researchers.html?urlm=168932 - escience escience Apr 27, 2015 [Editor's note: Added here from RQ2.]

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?


  • scholars ID and relationships to citations, institution, references, readers, altmetrics etc. - DaveP DaveP Apr 19, 2015

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on academic and research libraries?


  • This area is critical to the development of personal services that leverage personas and the quantified self, and also to the consolidation of scholarly works under identifiers like ORCID. Opt-in policies and security principles will become requirements as more user data becomes analyzed and shared.

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?



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