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Architecting Attribution

=================================================================================== Welcome! We're glad you joined us and look forward to working together and hearing your thoughts about how we improve credit and incentives for interdisciplinary team members.

There are lots of ways that you can get involved:

  • Join us on the #Attribution channel on CD2H Slack. This channel is used to chat about the project, answer questions, be a community spot, and share relevant files or announcements.
  • Feedback and brainstorming! What else can we be doing with this project? Where would you like to see us focus? What do you want to help create?
  • See other ways to engage
  • Contact Kristi with questions or to chat more about the project.
  • more links (including activities and deliverables) below.


Problem statement

It is very difficult to know who is contributing to research and what those contributions are. This project will enable the tracking and attribution of diverse contributions across the workforce to support credit for work, better understanding of what skills and activities are needed, and to incentivize participation.

Project description

There has been a fundamental shift to recognize both the interdisciplinary, team-based approach to science as well as the hundreds and thousands of more fine-grained contributions of varying types and intensities that are necessary to move science forward. Unfortunately, little infrastructure exists to identify, aggregate, present, and (ultimately) assess the impact of these contributions. These significant problems are technical as well as social and require an approach that assimilates cultural and social aspects of these problems in an open and community-driven manner. Ongoing efforts include the development of a contribution role ontology (built on CRedIT through the CRedIT ontology) to support modeling of the significant ways in which the translational workforce contributes to research; better understanding of the types of research objects generated; and mining of acknowledgements section of publications to harvest existing contributor roles to serve as a data source to drive additional development. All work is carried out in a collaborative, open, and friendly manner - with an eye toward making credit and attribution easier for everyone.

Alignment to program objectives

This work helps to support and enhance a collaborative informatics community by fostering and promoting the development of an academic attribution and reimbursement framework for informatics products and processes. These processes could facilitate the contribution to be used for academic promotion and recognition.

Want to work with us? Get involved

  • Please visit our Engagement page to learn more about our needs, how to get on board, good first contributions, and more! We're excited to have you join us.

  • Want to ask a question or just say hi? Please do! If you have already onboarded you can find us on the #Attribution channel on the CD2H Slack

Contact person

Point person (github handle) Site
Kristi Holmes (@kristiholmes) Northwestern


Lead(s) (github handle) Site
Kristi Holmes (@kristiholmes) Northwestern
Dave Eichmann (@eichmann) Iowa

Team members

See team members page


Repository Description
Acknowledgements Application scaffold for entities and relationships extracted from PubMed Central publications
Contributor Role Ontology This ontology provides contribution roles for use in crediting persons or organizations
Credit Ontology An OWL implementation of CRediT; a high-level classification of the diverse roles performed in the work leading to a published research output in the sciences
CTS Personas Translational workforce roles and persona profiles
Research Outputs Ontology This ontology provides scholarly research outputs, for use in crediting persons or organizations


  • CRedIT Ontology
  • Contributor Role Ontology (CRO) released & enhanced
    • CRO is available in various ontological resources (Bioportal, Ontobee)
    • CRO is available in multiple formats (OWL, OBO)
  • Draft Contribution Model Specification
  • CRO ready to pilot in research information systems
  • Attribution workshop Attribution F2F notes and community building via abstracts and presentations)
    • Community events bring together community members from across different aspects of the CTSA program and beyond
    • Community implementation requirements are docuemented
    • First implementation partners are identified and processes planned
  • Best practices for attribution and use of attribution are documented in the Reusable Data Guidebook (RDG)
  • An increased knowledge base of contribution / attribution data available
    • Summary statement describing the components of the architecting attribution project and how they function together.
    • Annotation file format defined. An example will be provided.


View the project milestones here


Our engagement efforts can be found here.


Our evaluation plan can be found here.


Our education plan can be found here.

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is found here

Working documents

The project Google drive folder is accessible to onboarded participants.

Slack room

The Architecting Attribution slack room is accessible to onboarded participants. You will not automatically be added to Slack, please join via the link above. If you want to know more, our Engagement link above is a great place to start.

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