I think there definitely is a usecase for publishing grants to individuals (while bearing in mind the requirements for data protection, privacy, etc). And it’s not just academia - other examples might be grants to artists, athletes and even hardship grants made (plus the BLF grants that @rachel.rank refers to above).
In my experience the key is to flag that the grant was made to an individual - rather than needing to know who the individual was. So I wouldn’t recommend putting an individual’s name in the received field, but I’d like to know that a grant went to an individual. There’s a few possible conventions that could be adopted in the current standard:
- assume individual if no
recipientOrganization provided (probably undesirable as would be ambiguous, plus
recipientOrganization is mandatory so grants would not validate)
organisationType is set to “Individual”
name is set to “Individual”
Otherwise it could require a new field, possibly a flag on
NB There is potential for this to increase the scope of data available. Imagine food banks releasing details of every package they’ve given out, with classifications used to indicate the reason the person presented at the food bank, etc. Obviously the data would need to be anonymised (and carefully, including the possibility of identifying individuals from the anonymised data), but it could be a resource for researchers in that area.