The establishment of this repository will strengthen and integrate the research community working to improve linkage methods. It will allow researchers to test alternative linkage strategies on the same data, and will make researchers aware of the various approaches taken by other researchers. This community building is particularly important in this field where research is ongoing in many different fields, from computer, information, and data science to statistics, to economics, sociology, demography and history. Researchers are often unaware of each other’s work and may use different terminology. By providing the data and code that researchers are using to address these challenging problems, we will facilitate learning and communication across these disciplinary divides.
In the fall of 2016, international leaders in record linkage gathered at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, United Kingdom, for the second workshop in the Data Linkage and Anonymisation Programme (https://www.newton.ac.uk/event/dla) where it was determined that the research community needed to establish a benchmarking data repository. To this end, an international group of researchers and practitioners have convened to develop a data repository for record linkage in collaboration with the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the US Census Bureau. Since then we have formed DLREP work group for this effort and others have joined as well.
In sum, we propose to establish a benchmarking data repository for record linkage and organize a diverse group of stakeholders around the data repository to move the field forward.
- Hye-Chung Kum (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dept. of Health Policy and Management
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Texas A&M University
- Luiza Antonie (email@example.com)
School of Computer Science
University of Guelph, Canada
- Amy B O’Hara (firstname.lastname@example.org), Georgetown University
- J Trent Alexander (email@example.com), ICPSR
- Özgür Akgün (firstname.lastname@example.org), School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews
- Margaret Levenstein (email@example.com), Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
- Susan Leonard (firstname.lastname@example.org), ICPSR
- Evan Roberts (email@example.com), Minnesota Population Center and Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota
- Jared Murray (Jared.Murray@mccombs.utexas.edu), UT Austin
- Rebecca Nugent, CMU