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?


  • Online identity for researchers is addressed by ORCID. So far this is limited to the academic aspect of a person and is not integrated into other social media. And I think this is OK at least for the moment.- rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Nov 8, 2016 Altmetric Explorer and Altmetric for Institutions support ORCID - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Nov 8, 2016
  • A unique identifier for researchers is a nice first step towards online identity. ORCID has the potential to be the one who rules them all. - Laurents.Sesink Laurents.Sesink Nov 12, 2016
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?


  • Unique Identifiers for researchers, or persons, is not a technology problem. Identifiers exists for over decades. The same as authentication/authorisation systems. Adaptation by researchers and research organizations, integration of identifiers in applications and processes are the real bottleneck. - Laurents.Sesink Laurents.Sesink Nov 12, 2016 - vacekrae vacekrae Nov 12, 2016
  • The proliferation of tools out there that offer identification services that don't integrate with one another is also causing confusion for the users. Too many choices, lots of overlap in features, but no clear winner. - vacekrae vacekrae Nov 12, 2016
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on academic and research libraries?


  • Unique identifiers could potentially connect with logging into the website to gain access to various services, dashboards of accounts, etc. and make recommendations of databases, journals, or new resources that are similar to things the user has published on their ORCID account, as an example. Many institutional repositories or data repositories are already connected to ORCID, but I believe there are more opportunities to connect with linked data.
  • - liusq liusq Nov 12, 2016Oneline identity could help libraries to connect data about user behaviors. However, some users don't like this, they want to start their work immediatily after a mouse click,because autthentication takes time.

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


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