Thomson scientific launches researcher id.com to associate a researcher with their published works:
Unique Identifier Ensures An Accurate Record Of A Researcher’s Output And Attribution and Builds a World-class Author Community
Researcher ID is a global, multi-disciplinary scholarly research community. Each researcher listed is assigned a unique identifier, to aid in solving the common problem of author misidentification. Search the registry to find citations, collaborators, and more.
see also: http://scientific.thomson.com/press/2008/8429910/
17 January 2008