Speaking of persistent identifiers, NISO annointed the CRediT taxonomy as an official standard in February. The core bundle of roles to credit has been around since 2014:

  • Conceptualization
  • Data curation
  • Formal analysis
  • Funding acquisition
  • Investigation
  • Methodology
  • Project administration
  • Resources
  • Software
  • Supervision
  • Validation
  • Visualization
  • Writing – original draft
  • Writing – review & editing

It’s a fascinating reflection of what academic knowledge is: modular, stepwise, nomothetic, hypothesis-driven, grant-funded, and team-based. It’s knoweldge as refracted through the well-funded lab—science as a metonym for academic inquiry writ large. Post-war “big science” in taxonomic relief, as endorsed by 34 organizations (including many of the giant publishers). Here’s hoping an STS grad student is tidying up her dissertation on the process.

Neither “monograph” nor “humanities” appear in the lengthy standards doc, of course. The idiographic fields—with their tendency for unfunded, lone-wolfe inquiry—aren’t a good fit for NISO Z39.104-2022. Conceptualization first, writing second? “I don’t know what I think until I write it down.”