WorldCat identities (http://worldcat.org/identities/) is one of several identity services with some traction on the Web. If we want to be able to crosswalk between a number of these, and to take advantage of them for author disambiguation, this seems promising in that it has at least human-readable supplemental information such as years known to have published, a list of works, subject areas, etc.
Not sure whether OCLC, the developer of WorldCat, will be coordinating this information with the ORCID initiative.
Another issue – look up Brian Lowe at http://worldcat.org/identities/np-lowe,%20brian%20j – having the comma in the URI seems strange, plus it's not OUR Brian Lowe.
In this week's small team meeting we said we'll treat all the issues as Blockers unless specifically decided otherwise for a particular issue. I'm doing a bulk set of all priorities to Blocker and we can lower particular issues on an individual basis.
In looking at WorldCat identities I see that they use Library of Congress Control Numbers when the person is well known (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Congress_Control_Number). Perhaps it makes more sense to make a property for that.
Does anyone still care about this? It's not clear whether WorldCAT identities are unique (checked Saul Bellow and William Jennings Bryan, for example, both of whom have at least two identifies).
It might be better to do LCCNs first, but before making decisions we would like to hear more about requirements from the person originating this request, who is not named.