Attribution Working Group

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This working group was formed out of the FORCE2015 "Contribution and Attribution in the Context of the Scholar" Workshop held Sunday, January 11 in Oxford.  The goal of this working group was to work on attribution implementation for any research products (including publications, datasets, data standards, research resources, etc.)

This working group recognizes that authorship and contributorship, while related, are also distinct.  This groups is primarily concerned with contributorship, since authorship is culturally sensitive and domain-dependent; contributorship roles are not intended to define what constitutes authorship. This group is intended to discuss and define methods to recognize all those who contribute to a project or publication, whether or not they are formally listed as authors or named in acknowledgements.  Note that an individual contributor may be assigned multiple roles, and a given role may be assigned to multiple contributors.

Please join us as we would like a diversity of community members from many communities to participate.  


Melissa Haendel
Karen E Gutzman
Stacy Konkiel
Kristi Holmes


The Force11 Attribution Working Group was formed for the following purposes: 

  • Collate and review existing efforts on scholarly contribution taxonomies, such as those listed above.
  • Determine if a consensus implementation, which would meet the requirements for all projects and would include the capability to be extensible from a core taxonomy, is possible.
  • Attempt to develop and pilot test the consensus implementation.

The main goals are:

  • Review and summarize the objectives of the projects listed above to determine how much they overlap - can a core set of objectives, perhaps with extensions, be defined?
  • Review and summarize key types of scholarly products and the roles that people have in relation to them, resulting from the Force15 workshop, the VIVO15 workshop, and work taking place as part of openRIF.
  • Landscape review, comparing and contrasting key types of contributions across the different taxonomies/systems
  • Recommendations for publishers, IRs, research profiling systems to implement.


There are a number of prior efforts on identifying contributors and their roles that have varying degrees of scope, technical implementation, and documentation, such as:

Hence the formation of this group is intended to catalyze rapid convergence on requirements, approaches, and practical implementation of a system for tracking contributions to any scholarly product.


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Notes from the Force15 workshop are here.
See also the blog post on the event here.

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