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Unique Author Identifier Systems
OpenID provides a means to sign in to multiple websites using a single existing account and password. OpenID is already used by services such as Google, Facebook, and Yahoo!, and has been rapidly adopted throughout the web. More than 50,000 websites currently accept OpenID for logins.
ISNI - Draft ISO Standard
ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier) is a draft ISO standard (ISO 27729) that is intended to provide a tool for disambiguating "public identities" that might otherwise be confused. It covers parties (including writers, artists, creators, performers, researchers, producers, and publishers) involved in the creation, production, management, and distribution of content across multiple fields.