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Digital Author Identification

The Digital Author Identification system assigns a unique number to all academic authors in the Dutch research system, as a form of authority control. The DAI links the PICA database in institutional libraries with the METIS national research information system.

The Digital Author Identification (DAI) is a unique national number for every author active within a Dutch university, university of applied sciences, or research institute. The DAI, as ORCID, is prepared for the ISO standard “ISNI” (International Standard Name Identifier); it is a subset of ORCID. The DAI brings several publications from an author together, and distinguishes between authors with the same name.

Other author identifiers

The DAI is part of the national knowledge infrastructure. In the scientific community, other identifiers are in use as well, such as ORCID, ResearcherID,[1] and ScopusId.[2]

SURFfoundation[3] has, in cooperation with OCLC PICA,[4] created a connection with PICA National Thesaurus Authornames (NTA) that is supplied and maintained by university libraries. Important to this is the connection between the research information system Metis[5] and the repositories.


There are many potential applications for the DAI. Publications by an author can be collected more easily, even though the author may have worked at several institutions. When an author changes name, for example because of marriage, the DAI remains the same, enabling anyone to find publications from before the change of name. With a tool, publication lists can be generated on the basis of the DAI. These publications are collected from several repositories in Dutch scientific institutions. With the DAI, this information can be integrated into one list.

In July 2009, an article was published in the Dutch newspaper NRC titled "No names, numbers!" This article was a reaction to a publication in The Lancet in June about the Thompson ResearcherID.[6][7] In this article, two Dutch researchers advocated an independent author ID, although they were unaware of the existence of the DAI.

See also


  1. ^ ResearcherID
  2. ^ ScopusID
  3. ^ SURFfoundation
  4. ^ OCLC PICA
  5. ^ Metis
  6. ^ van Santen, Hester. "Geen namen, rugnummers!". NRC. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Hester, van Santen. "Geen namen, rugnummers! (PDF)". SURFnet. NRC. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 

External links

  • Martin Enserink in Science, 27 march 2009, vol. 323, p.1662–1664 (not Open Access available).
  • Author identification
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