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Enter Once, Reuse Often

Thu, 24 May 2018 - 17:55 UTC

If someone asks you, as a researcher, what you hate most about your work, the chances are you will say form-filling. Keying in the same information, time after time - often for the same organization! - is frustrating, increases the risk of errors, and reduces the amount of time you can spend actually doing  research. Nature’s 2016 salary survey (summarized here) found that researchers typically spend 21% of their time on writing grant applications and other administrative tasks.  At the recent Brazil ORCID consortium launch, CAPES noted that they estimate their researchers spend 30% of their time performing administrative tasks.  FCT in Portugal, have even developed a tool to calculate how much time (and money!) is spent by researchers manually adding the same information to multiple systems.

At ORCID, we are working with our member organizations to build systems that allow you to spend more time doing research, and less time managing it. There are now over 550 systems and platforms that have made it possible for researchers to share their ORCID iD securely, with more in the pipeline.  Many of these systems connect your ORCID iD with your contribution (paper, grant, dataset, thesis, affiliation, etc.) and also give you the option to approve addition of your published contribution to your ORCID record, making it easier for you to share information with the other organizations you interact with.  

Affiliations

Most research systems routinely request information about researchers’ education and employment affiliations. Your own institution is clearly the most reliable source of that information. Increasingly, ORCID member organizations are enabling trusted connections -- assertions -- between your ORCID iD and information about your affiliation with a research organization. Of course, there are many types of affiliation in addition to employment and education. Our affiliation types enable research institutions, associations, and others to also make connections between your iD and information about your honorary positions, service or membership, and qualifications. With your permission, these assertions can be added to your ORCID record for you to share as you interact with a variety of application and submission systems.

Signing into systems

Over the course of your career, you’ll probably submit papers to many different journals.  To help streamline the manuscript submission process, publishers are using ORCID services to support single sign on (see, for example, this video), saving you the hassle of remembering multiple usernames and passwords. You can also use your institutional ID to sign in to ORCID, as well as your Facebook or Google account.

Published works and funding

Using your iD when submitting a paper or review means you can more easily update a variety of systems with information about your published work. Many publishers collecting iDs are passing them on to Crossref and DataCite (for publications) and Publons (for reviews); they, in turn, add information about the work to your ORCID record. You simply have to grant permission! Other publishers, including the American Geophysical Union, eLife, F1000, and the Society for Neuroscience, are connecting review information directly to ORCID records.

We are also working with funders around the world to enable the collection of iDs and other data from your ORCID record during the grant application process. As well as making the application process easier for you, the goal is that the funder will update your ORCID record with your funded award information, so you can easily share it when interacting with other systems.

Research resources

There are many other research activities that -- always with your permission -- can be connected with your ORCID iD and updated into your record, to enable sharing with other systems you interact with. One example are the research resources you use to do your work, such as user facilities, laboratories, special collections, and so on. With a group of research resources, publishers, and funders, we together have defined an end-to-end workflow for collecting ORCID iDs in resource access proposal workflows, updating your ORCID record when the proposal is approved, and establishing a workflow to share this information when you submit a paper or dataset.   

Our ultimate goal is to enable transparent and trusted connections between your ORCID iD and your contributions and affiliations, and to make it easier to share this information as you interact with various information systems. Instead of keying in the same information again and again, all you need to do is use your iD when you interact with a research system, grant permissions to update your record, and share the information with the next system you interact with. Enter information once and reuse it often!

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GDPR, ORCID, and You

Mon, 21 May 2018 - 01:01 UTC

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on Friday, May 25. Given our core principles of individual control and transparency, we were largely in alignment with the regulation. This was reaffirmed in an expert legal review of our data privacy practices.

Most of our compliance efforts have therefore focused on fine-tuning our internal processes. We have made the following changes for users:

  • GDPR-related Knowledge Base articles
    • We have created a new Knowledge Base article (ORCID, GDPR, and your rights as a user), explaining your rights under the GDPR and how you can adjust your account settings in the Registry
    • We have updated our existing documentation to reflect our security practices
  • Privacy policy
  • Registry changes
    • We have added a new feature, Download all my data, to address the GDPR requirement for data portability. You can access this feature in your Account settings

In addition to this blog post, we are contacting all our users directly via an email service announcement to provide a brief overview of GDPR-related changes

What’s next?

We will continue monitoring interpretations and legal cases related to the GDPR, and will adjust our processes and policies as needed to ensure we are compliant with the regulation. We will investigate additional options to demonstrate evidence of GDPR compliance, such as seals or certifications, similar to our current independent audit, which verifies our compliance under the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework.

ORCID operates on a global scale, and we will continue to investigate international privacy regulations, evaluate current regulatory and privacy needs, and assess them against our practices. We’ll report on our findings in future blog posts.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to ORCID and the GDPR, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Consórcio brasileiro ORCID: Construindo uma comunidade

Thu, 17 May 2018 - 05:37 UTC

A Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nïvel Superior (CAPES) e a ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor iD) firmaram uma parceria inédita em dezembro de 2017, para adoção consorcial e coordenada do identificador único para pesquisadores nos sistemas de informação de pesquisa.

O Consórcio Brasileiro (ORCID) é formado, além de CAPES, pelo Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPQ), o Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (IBICT), a Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO), o Conselho Nacional das Fundações Estaduais de Amparo à Pesquisa (CONFAP), além da Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP) como facilitador.

Este acordo é particularmente exitoso pois envolve, a nível nacional, todas as instituições responsáveis pela produção, coleta e divulgação das informações de pesquisa. Ele representa, sobretudo, um passo importante para a integração, através de um sistema colaborativo com interface internacional, das informações brasileiras de pesquisa, de forma abrangente e sustentável e alinhado com iniciativas europeias.

No marco do consórcio, a ORCID funcionará como um hub, assegurando menor trabalho manual para os pesquisadores proverem informações de publicações e pesquisa a distintos sistemas demandantes, garantindo maior qualidade dos dados e facilitando a troca dessas informações de pesquisa entre os diferente sistemas, de forma transparente e imediata.

“No que diz respeito à CAPES, a adoção do ORCID nos sistemas de informação será um ganho importante em agilidade e qualidade. Pretendemos que isso se dê principalmente na Plataforma Sucupira, que registra dados de programas de pós-graduação, em sistemas de concessão de bolsas e fomento e nos sistemas de editais de projetos internacionais. Contudo, isso não representa todo o ‘ecossistema’ de informações em pesquisa. Entendemos ser fundamental a participação de outros atores que detêm informações pertinentes à completude do universo da pesquisa no Brasil. Por isso, a proposta do consórcio”, explica Talita Moreira.

No próximo dia 22 de maio, acontecerá o evento de lançamento do consórcio na CAPES en Brasília, com a presença de representantes das instituições membro do consórcio, parceiros internacionais e representantes da ORCID. Teremos a honra de contar com a presença de João Moreira, da Fundação para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia - FCT, Portugal, de Abel Del Carpio, do Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica - CONCYTEC, Peru e a palestra por videoconferência de Robert Kiley, do Wellcome Trust, Reino Unido, contando as experiências de integração de suas organizações com a ORCID. Veja a agenda completa do evento.

A ORCID é uma organização sem fins lucrativos, que oferece um identificador digital persistente para pesquisadores, conectando-os às suas afiliações e atividades por meio da integração com editoras, agências de financiamento e bases de dados das instituições de pesquisa. As mais importantes instituições de ensino e pesquisa do mundo usam ORCID para reduzir redundâncias e automatizar fluxos de informação, ganhando mais tempo para pesquisar, publicar e divulgar.

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The ORCID Brazil Consortium: Building a Community

Thu, 17 May 2018 - 05:31 UTC

In December 2017, CAPES and ORCID signed an unprecedented partnership, for a national consortium to enable coordinated adoption of ORCID iDs for researchers in research information systems.

The ORCID Brazilian Consortium was formed by CAPES, together with the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ), the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT), the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO), the National Council of State Foundations for Research Support (CONFAP), as well as the National Teaching and Research Network (RNP), which acts as facilitator.

This agreement is particularly significant since it involves, at the national level, all institutions responsible for producing, collecting, and disseminating research information. It represents an important step towards the integration, through ORCID -- a collaborative system with an international interface -- of the Brazilian research information, in a comprehensive and sustainable way, and in line with European initiatives.

Within the framework of the consortium, ORCID will act as a hub, enabling less manual work for researchers inputting publications and research information into different systems, ensuring higher data quality, and facilitating the exchange of this research information between different systems, transparently and immediately.

"From CAPES' perspective, the adoption of ORCID in information systems will be an important gain in agility and quality. We intend to do this mainly in the Sucupira Platform, which records data from postgraduate programs, grant and grant systems, and international project bidding systems. However, this does not represent the entire 'ecosystem' of research information. We believe that the participation of other actors who hold information relevant to the completeness of the research universe in Brazil is fundamental. This is the reason for forming the consortium", explains Talita Moreira, CAPES Evaluation Office`s General Coordinator of Post Graduate Activities

Next May 22 the consortium will be officially launched at CAPES office in Brasília, in the presence of members of the consortium, international partners and ORCID representatives. We will also be honored with the presence of João Moreira of the Foundation for Science and Technology - FCT, Portugal, Abel Del Carpio, of the National Council of Science, Technology and Technological Innovation - CONCYTEC, Peru, and a videoconference lecture by Robert Kiley of the Wellcome Trust, UK, on their experiences of integrating ORCID. See the complete agenda for the event and register.

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Open Science Projects Collaborate on Joint Roadmap

Wed, 16 May 2018 - 14:02 UTC

This is a slightly updated version of a post that first appeared on the JROST and Hypothes.is blogs. Our thanks to them for allowing us to republish here under the licensing terms of the original (JROST) post.

ORCID is delighted to be part of a group of organizations building nonprofit, open-source tools for scholarship and publication that has joined with open science researchers in a new collaboration to develop a Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools (JROST).

While open technologies and services are becoming essential in science practices, so far, there has been no holistic effort to align these tools into a coherent ecosystem that can support the scientific experience of the future. To draw this missing map, we’ve formed the Joint Roadmap as an informal group of like-minded people and organizations with shared goals. To date, the following organizations are participating: Berkeley Institute of Data Science (BIDS), bioRxiv, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko)Crossref, Dat Project, Earth and Space Science Open Archive (EESOAr)eLifeHypothesis, Jupyter ProjectMozillaOpen Science Framework (OSF)ORCIDPublic Knowledge ProjectPublic Library of Science (PLOS)Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)Wikimedia, and Zotero, joined by researchers: Samantha Hindle and Daniel Mietchen.

Our common purpose is to deliver:

  • A vision for the toolchain or dashboard of the scientist of the future
  • A mission for what we hope to achieve and how we can work together
  • A set of user stories that together describe the problems we want to solve
  • A preliminary roadmap for how projects and services can work together
Next steps

Through workshops and other coordinated activities, the Joint Roadmap will bring together technology organizations and researchers who are actively involved in the design and production of open scholarly infrastructure. Our objectives will be to explore shared goals and outcomes, develop cross-platform user stories, and identify obvious areas of mutual collaboration. What do our future roadmaps look like and how are they compatible or divergent? What integrations should we consider? What actions or paradigms should we all support? How do we design our tools so they improve researcher effectiveness; help research be more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable; enhance publication and discovery; and together create a whole greater than the sum of its parts?

You can start participating at any time:

We are also planning our first face-to-face workshop, tentatively scheduled for 21-22 August, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

Find out more about the Joint Roadmap and how you can join our growing community to create a more powerful future for researchers.

Please contact JROST for more information.

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日本のORCID:屋根の葺き替え工事

Wed, 09 May 2018 - 14:00 UTC

[In English: ORCID in Japan: Re-thatching the Roof]

筑波大学が10番目の日本の機関メンバーとなったことをご報告したのは、ちょうど1年ほど前のことでした。それ以来、日本ではさらに7機関が新たにメンバーとなりましたが、まだ多くの機関では組織内での説得や、ORCID導入に必要な予算やリソースの確保に時間がかかっています。他国と比べても研究開発予算がある程度潤沢な日本のような国で、なぜそんなに時間がかかるのか、不思議に思う方もいるかもしれません。どうしてORCIDコミュニティに参加できないのか、日本の組織がよく挙げる3つの理由は以下のとおりです。

1. 既存のインフラ

研究者の名寄せが必要不可欠な国々では、すでに国内の研究者ディレクトリが整備されていることが多く、政府による研究助成金申請手続きや、国内で流通する出版物やデータベース、研究機関が利用する情報システムなどと複雑に絡み合っています。こうした既存のインフラが自己完結していれば、ORCIDが提供する主な機能はすでに国が整備し終わっていると考える人も多く、ORCIDの導入は難しくなります。

2. ORCID実装済みシステムの有無

ORCID実装済みシステムが提供されるようになり、独自のアプリケーションを開発することのできない機関の技術的困難が解消され、ORCIDメンバーシップは世界的に急速に拡大しました。特注のシステムや国内ベンダーが提供する製品を使っている場合は、ORCIDメンバー会費に加えて余計な出費と時間がかかってしまいます。国内のベンダーはその国のインフラ要件には迅速に対応しますが、顧客からの十分な要望がない限りORCIDにはなかなか対応しないかもしれません。

3. ORCID対応のためのリソース

ORCIDに対応するためのリソース配分も複雑です。ORCID導入に必要な技術要員の手配、メンバー会費の予算化、研究者への広報やサポートの提供など、すべて異なる部署が担当していることもあります。役割分担がはっきりとしていなくても、これらの担当者は職掌を超えて協力しなければなりません。


日本のメンバーミーティング(2018年4月17日)

こうした課題は日本だけでなく、非英語圏に共通するものです。先月開催された日本のメンバーミーティングは、そうした国々がどのように課題克服のために共同して取り組むことができるかという点で、たいへん示唆に富むものでした。

  • 物質・材料研究機構東京工業大学など、先行してORCIDメンバーとなった機関は、導入プロセスの中で直面した課題と、それらをどのように克服したかを共有しました。
  • 2013年に日本のシステム提供事業者として初めてのORCIDメンバーとなった株式会社アトラスは、ORCID連携支援システムを最近リリースしました。これは、本格的な基盤開発に取り組むあいだの暫定的な解決策として、京都大学総合研究大学院大学などの新しいORCIDメンバーに採用されています。
  • まだORCIDメンバーとなっていない機関も、コミュニティに積極的に参画しています。新潟大学では、ORCID導入の目的と、学内の様々なワークフローで活用する利点を明確にするため、3つの部署が力を合わせました。高輝度光科学研究センターは試験的にORCIDのテスト環境を構築し、研究施設の利用申請プロセスにORCID認証を取り入れることにより、利用者情報の効率的な把握と研究成果の自動捕捉を目指しています。
  • いち早く国内の学会誌で投稿プロセスに著者のORCID認証を義務化した日本疫学会からは、無料で提供されるPublic APIの限界と、さらにORCIDの活用を進めるため、メンバー参加の必要性について報告がありました。
  • KAKEN国立情報学研究所提供)やresearchmap科学技術振興機構提供)などの国レベルで提供されるシステムでもORCIDを採用するようになり、日本の研究者が各システムをより簡便に利用しながら国際的な可視性を高めることが期待されています。

今回のミーティングで最も印象的だったオープンディスカッションでは、日本のORCIDコンソーシアム設立に向けた具体的なステップについて、司会の森雅生氏がアイディアを呼びかけました。多くの参加者は積極的にこれに応じ、持続的で共生的なコミュニティの推進に必要なコスト負担の考え方や資金源の確保、人材の配置について提案しました。今回のミーティング、そしてコミュニティ全体からも有志を募り、コミュニティ提案を検討するための運営委員会の発足が計画されています。

私たちORCIDスタッフは、真のコミュニティのパワーの発露を目の当たりにすることがありますが、今回のミーティングがまさにそうでした。日本の合掌造りの葺き替えは、時間と熟練の技を無償で提供する多くの村人たちが長い時間をかけて計画し、必要な資材を集め、共同で作業にあたります。まだ規模は小さいですが、研究機関、助成金団体、学協会、システム提供事業者のすべてが参加する日本の多様なORCIDコミュニティは、幅広い要件を満たさなければならず、その形成には時間がかかります。既存の学術インフラの強みを活かしてORCIDを導入しようとする日本のコミュニティを、ORCIDは今後もサポートしていきます。

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ORCID in Japan: Re-thatching the Roof

Wed, 09 May 2018 - 14:00 UTC

[日本語版:日本のORCID:屋根の葺き替え工事]

It was around this time last year that I reported the University of Tsukuba had joined as the 10th ORCID member in Japan. Japan has since added seven more members, but many organizations are still either trying to make the case for ORCID internally or secure budget and resources needed for to implement ORCID. You may wonder why there is such struggle in the country like Japan, where resources devoted to R&D are relatively high. Below are the top three reasons I hear from Japanese organizations as to why they have not yet joined in the ORCID community.

1. Existing infrastructure

In countries where researcher name disambiguation is imperative, it is more likely that a domestic researcher directory is already in place and often intertwined with the government research funding workflow, publications, and databases provided in their local language, or research information systems at institutions. The more self-contained the existing infrastructure is, the harder it becomes for ORCID because many see our core functions being already in place at the country level.

2. Availability of ORCID-enabled applications

ORCID-enabled systems have helped us rapidly expand our membership globally by lowering the technical barriers for organizations which may not have the resources to develop their own applications. Organizations using a custom-built system, or solutions developed by a local vendor, must expend extra time and costs on top of the ORCID membership fees. Local vendor solutions comply well with the domestic infrastructure, but they are unlikely to engage with ORCID unless enough of their existing customer base demands it.

3. Resources for ORCID adoption

The way ORCID works adds complexity for resource allocations. Technical staff needed for ORCID integrations, budget for the membership fees, and researcher communication and support functions may all come from different departments. They somehow need to work together, with or without clearly defined roles in their job descriptions.


ORCID Japan Member Meeting, April 17, 2018

These challenges are commonly found not only in Japan but also in other non-English speaking countries. The recent ORCID Japan Member Meeting demonstrated how a country can approach these challenges through collaborative efforts.

  • Early adopters such as National Institute for Materials Science and Tokyo Institute of Technology shared the challenges they encountered during the integration process and how they were overcome.
  • Atlas, who in 2013 became the first Japanese system provider ORCID member, has recently launched an interim integration solution for new ORCID members such as Kyoto University and Sokendai to deploy while the members work on more full-scale infrastructure.
  • Organizations that are not yet ORCID members are also participating in the community discussion. At Niigata University, three departments put their minds together to clarify goals and benefits for ORCID adoptions in various internal workflows. Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute is using the ORCID Sandbox to build a pilot workflow to demonstrate how they can effectively identify their research facility users, and how their research products can be automatically retrieved by authenticating ORCID upfront during the application process.
  • Japan Epidemiological Association, the first Japanese society to require authors to provide an ORCID during manuscript submission, reported the limitation of the Public API and the need to become a member to contribute more.
  • National systems such as KAKEN (operated by National Institute of Informatics) and researchmap (operated by Japan Science and Technology Agency) are starting to integrate ORCID as value-add to their services to make it easier for Japanese researchers to easily maintain their records and raise more international visibility

The highlight of the meeting was the open discussion facilitated by Dr. Masao Mori, who urged all participants to share ideas for making tangible steps toward an ORCID consortium in Japan. Many attendees responded actively to his call, sharing views and opinions on the cost model, funding sources, staffing, and community advocacy required for a sustainable, inclusive approach. It is expected that some attendees from this meeting, possibly with others from the community, will soon form a steering committee to work on a community proposal.

For us at ORCID, this is the kind of moment where the true power of the community is revealed. We see parallels with Gassho-style architecture in Japan, where re-thatching roofs requires all villagers to volunteer their time and expertise for the long planning process, gathering materials needed for the re-construction, and finally coming together to implement. Still small in scale, the ORCID community in Japan is diverse -  including research institutes, funders, scholarly societies, and system vendors. It takes time to encompass a wide range of requirements. We look forward to supporting the community as they leverage the current strengths of the Japanese scholarly infrastructure work to integrate ORCID.

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The 2018 ORCID World Tour

Wed, 02 May 2018 - 17:20 UTC

In 2018, ORCID is traveling around the globe - in person and virtually! - to engage with our community.

We kicked off 2018 with our first-ever Consortium Workshop in Lisbon, Portugal, on January 17. This event brought together representatives from ORCID’s many consortia members, including the recently formed Brazilian and Norwegian consortia. We also welcomed participants from Japan, Russia, and Slovakia, where there are nascent discussions about forming national ORCID consortia. Read about key takeaways and learn about the innovative work done by the winners of our inaugural Consortium Awards.

The Consortia Workshop was quickly followed by an Organization ID Stakeholder meeting (January 22) and PIDapalooza (January 23-24), both in Girona, Spain. This second PIDapalooza brought together around 150 PID practitioners from around the world in fast-paced and interactive parallel sessions. Together with keynotes by Jo McEntyre and Melissa Haendel, and a closing plenary by Carly Strasser, everyone left with new ideas and examples of practical applications! Presentations are available in the PIDapalooza repository.

We’ve since held ORCID workshops in Israel (February 13), Belgium (March 13), and Japan (April 17). We would like to thank Tel Aviv University, The Royal Library of Belgium, and the National Institute of Informatics for hosting these events. You may view slides from these meetings on the ORCID repository.

Upcoming Workshops in May and Early June

May is a busy month for ORCID workshops! On May 15, we are hosting a workshop at the University of California - Berkeley. It will bring together institutions from across the scholarly community in California, and highlight how organizations including California Digital Library, Crossref, DataCite, Hypothes.is, and PLOS are using ORCID.

A week later, we celebrate the Brazilian Consortium launch in Brasilia, Brazil.  Hosted by CAPES, the event will focus on building open science infrastructure and plans for integrating ORCID into workflows of funding agencies, publishers, and universities.

On May 24, we are co-hosting a workshop with the Universität für Bodenkultur Wien in Vienna, Austria, to bring the research community together to discuss building a national approach to open science infrastructure.

Our Nordics Workshop will take place on May 29 at CSC - IT Center for Science in Espoo, Finland.  Our members from across the region will be presenting their ORCID integrations and plans, and discussing the development of communities of practice.

Rounding out the month is a breakfast meeting at SSP in Chicago on May 31. Please contact us if you’re interested in attending. We start June with an ORBIT Community Forum at INORMS in Edinburgh on June 7.

Registration for all these events is now open. We invite you to attend!  

Membership Webinars

If you can’t join us in person at one of our upcoming events, we encourage you to join one of our webinars! Throughout the year, the ORCID membership team hosts webinars to demonstrate how your organization can benefit by integrating ORCID in your research information systems and workflows.  These webinars highlight use cases and provide you the opportunity to hear from ORCID members about their experiences implementing ORCID.

We warmly invite you and your colleagues to attend and learn from others in the ORCID community! You may view the upcoming webinar topics, dates, and times, on our events page. Come back often to see the latest schedule.

We look forward to seeing you at an ORCID event in 2018 - in person or virtually!

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Establishing ORCID Consortia from the Center

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 - 15:47 UTC

One of the best things about ORCID is our community. We work on nuts and bolts solutions with local and national communities in dozens of countries around the world. We have an amazing global network of members and partners working with us to build identifiers into the heart of research systems and tools, and improve the openness, transparency and reusability of research information. Each country has its own unique set of priorities and challenges.  By exploring these together we enrich our understanding of the ways research information can be shared, and ensure that the ORCID services we provide to our members and the research community are genuinely useful.

At the core of the ORCID mission is the name ambiguity problem. In essence, researchers mark their contributions by attaching their name to them; but names are not unique, they change, and they can be recorded in different ways. This problem is universal, which is why ORCID is a global, open research initiative. But the name ambiguity problem presents itself differently in varied practical and policy contexts.

In this blog post, we look at how three countries have adapted ORCID to their situation, using our consortia program to address specific national needs. Each started out with specific priorities and problems that shaped the way they chose to build ORCID into systems and services and, ultimately, affect the working lives of researchers.

Italy: Creating a national infrastructure for research evaluation

The Italian consortium, led by Cineca, was one of our first national consortia and was at the time by far the largest, with 74 university and institute members at the outset.  The consortium was established to help to improve the handling and availability of data for the Italian national research evaluation exercise, the VQR. Cineca, alongside CRUI (the Conference of Italian University Rectors) and ANVUR (the national evaluation agency) funded a project to ensure that at least 80% of Italian researchers and postgraduate students registered their ORCID iD in the national publications database, and linked their publications going back to 2006.   

An initial test by VQR staff, reported at the ORCID Outreach meeting in 2015, found that, using the Hub, the time required by researchers and administrators to report on their contributions went from days to minutes, reducing frustration with the evaluation process, engaging researchers in ensuring they were accurately represented, and improving the quality of the data not just in the Hub but also in external databases widely used for search and discovery.

Following this positive result, Cineca proceeded with creating a national ORCID Hub. Based on DSpace-CRIS technology, the Hub provided a gateway for researchers to register for an iD and link it to the national publications database and to local systems. The launch was phased, with 5-10 universities per week connecting to the ORCID hub and engaging with their researchers. Each week there was a corresponding surge of activity as researchers registered and used an open search and link wizard to connect their iD to their existing works in Scopus and import metadata into their ORCID record. By the end of the 2-month launch period, more than 60,000 researchers, about 80% of Italy’s university researchers, registered via the national ORCID Hub (Figure 1).

Figure 1.  Timeline of ORCID registrations at consortium launch.

New Zealand: Reducing technical barriers to foster information sharing

In New Zealand, a coalition of national bodies, including funders, government departments, and research associations, published a statement of principle in support of national ORCID adoption, as a core component of their National Research Information System.  

Figure 2. New Zealand ORCID Joint Statement of Principle, 2015.

Like Italy, New Zealand decided on a consortium approach. Led by the Royal Society Te Apārangi and centrally funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE), the consortium launched in 2016 with 34 founding members. It has the most diverse membership of any ORCID consortium, with universities, polytechnics, private and crown research organisations, health boards, government and research funders all taking part in creating an inclusive research and innovation ecosystem. During the launch event, more than a few people noted that it was the first time all of these parties had been in the same room.  

At the heart of the New Zealand approach is ensuring that the benefits of ORCID adoption, as outlined in their statement of principle, are equally available to all New Zealand organisations and researchers, regardless of size or technical resource. To ensure that all the consortium members can productively engage with ORCID, the Ministry has provided support for the development of the New Zealand ORCID Hub, which expands on the Italian model to enable all universities, research institutes, and funding bodies to easily collect authenticated ORCID iDs and connect information to ORCID records. Its core function is to provide all New Zealand ORCID Consortium members with the ability to make authoritative assertions of their relationship with researchers on the researcher's ORCID record.  The Hub launched in 2017, and is now expanding to include assertions of funding and other relationships. As open source technology, what New Zealand builds is also available for others to repurpose in their own contexts.

Norway: Leveraging existing information platform

Our recently announced consortium in Norway is led by the National Center for Systems and Services for Research and Studies (CERES). The Center manages, develops, maintains, and operates student administration and research information systems and services on behalf of Norwegian higher education sector and Norwegian research communities, such as national research institutes and health care institutions. The Center reports directly to the Ministry of Education who approved and funded the consortium for all members in December 2017.

The basis for establishing the consortium was underpinned by the national goals and guidelines for open access to research articles, in which the aim of the government is to make all publicly funded Norwegian research articles openly available by 2024. In particular, the government aims to improve the functionality associated with depositing an article via the national CRIS (Cristin) and to investigate how a national repository can be realised.

The Norwegian ORCID consortium launched with 90 institutional members, comprised of universities, research hospitals, funders, and government organisations.  Its first task is integrating ORCID into the existing national CRIS -- which already enables sharing of research information between organisations in Norway --  to improve information sharing and efficiency and convenience within the country, and to enable information to flow alongside Norway’s globally mobile research community.

ORCID at the core

What these three countries have in common is that they have integrated ORCID as a core component of their national research information policies.  Each has acknowledged the fundamental importance of engaging researchers and organisations across the spectrum of research and innovation. Each has leveraged central support to build practical, inclusive, technical solutions respectful of the local context, which also connect into global research information infrastructure.  

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ORCID: Out of the Box

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 - 00:00 UTC

Much of the work that ORCID does to connect research and researchers is a collaboration between us and our member organizations. We provide a Registry of identifiers and a mechanism for systems to interact with the Registry, and our member organizations use these connections to ensure that information flows between their systems and others that individuals have authorized.

Some day...

I spend a lot of time thinking about ORCID’s aspiration - what benefits the Registry could enable. At its best, this interconnected system of computers, workflows, and interactions enables reduced work for researchers and more timely and accurate information for the organizations they interact with. It provides researchers with a personal resource of information about themselves and their activities that has been collaboratively created by them and the organizations that they trust. Through activities like grant applications, publication submissions, and data sharing, researchers  can authorize these organizations to automatically keep this personal information resource up-to-date. They can choose who share their information with, requesting that this information be used to pre-fill forms, provide activity reporting that requires less time to curate, and share or supply updates to profile systems. This “enter once, reuse often” world of digital information exchange would be facilitated by system-to-system connections.

... maybe sooner rather than later…

This aspiration may not be that far off. Some publishers will already read your current affiliation from your ORCID record if you want them to. Repositories will add your latest data sets to your ORCID record if you give them permission. And research institutions will add your degree and dissertation information to your ORCID record when you graduate, because you authorized them to do so. Each of these interactions happen because organizations have committed to support ORCID in their workflows and systems.

Even though adding ORCID capabilities to any one workflow or system isn’t very difficult, there would be a significant amount of work needed to get ORCID iDs embedded in every system if each organization had to do this on their own. Fortunately there are some fantastic off-the-shelf tools that are used by many organizations. Many of these third-party systems have already enabled hundreds of other organizations to start making our aspiration a reality today.

... especially with help from third-party providers!

As part of our 2018 roadmap, we are focusing on these third-party system providers, deepening our collaboration with them as partners to help realize ORCID’s aspiration of researcher-controlled, interconnected information exchange. The core objectives of this project are to collaborate with system providers to engage them as partners, develop a core functionality specification for third-party ORCID integrations, and promote these implementations as quick and efficient methods for the community to  benefit from ORCID, out of the box.

If you are a third-party system provider, please contact us to become a partner!!

 

Image: CC0 Pixabay, https://pixabay.com/en/stick-people-puzzle-helping-2324009/

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ORCID and Data Privacy in Germany

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 - 14:30 UTC

In the implementation of ORCID at member institutions, we frequently receive questions about our privacy policy and how it aligns with national and international data privacy frameworks.  Researcher privacy and control are foundational ORCID principles, and we work very diligently to maintain community trust. We undergo an annual privacy audit, performed by a third party, to ensure our Privacy Policy aligns with EU-US data transfer frameworks. We also established the ORCID Trust program, overseen by a Board-led working group, to advise us regarding new and evolving global practices and regulations.

In addition to these internal programs and practices, we are thankful to receive guidance from our community. When ORCID was readying for its launch back in 2012, Jisc, a UK expert body for digital technology and resources in higher education, commissioned a legal review of our privacy practices as part of its national researcher identifier initiative.  

More recently, the German ORCID DE project commissioned an expert report, funded by the German Research Foundation | Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, to review our data privacy practices. The law firm iRights.Law, which specializes in digital media, produced their opinion in a report entitled "ORCID aus datenschutzrechtlicher Sicht." The report examines user scenarios and describes relevant legal considerations under German data protection law and the European GDPR framework. It can be accessed (in German) at DOI: http://doi.org/10.2312/lis.17.02. A blog post about the report (also in German) is available on the ORCID DE website, here.

We have since received a number of inquiries from other European countries about the report, and have been working with ORCID DE and iRights.Law to translate key sections. This work is now complete and, with our colleagues in ORCID DE, we are pleased to share the translation with our community.

The conclusion of the report states:

"The data protection assessment of ORCID has not been able to identify any serious deficiencies. On the contrary, with its privacy functionalities, the system supports users in exercising their right to informational self-determination and at times has a role model in this regard. By designing it as a user-controlled identity management system, users of the portal can view and control at any time which data is processed as on the platform and who has access to it when and when. Although the examination of the technical implementation details at the program code level could not be the subject of this investigation, it should also be noted that the fact that the system was implemented as open software can provide additional confidence. Likewise, the fact that a consortium made up of different stakeholders, and that the consortium does not intend to make a profit, has been chosen for the operation, is another source of confidence."

We recognized ORCID DE for their leadership on this initiative in our first Consortium Awards ceremony in January. We thank them for their continuing work in helping to develop community understanding of data privacy requirements, and their guidance in ensuring ORCID practices meet or exceed these standards.

Related resources

ORCID Blog posts:

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Recognizing our community of contributors

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 - 00:00 UTC

Over the years ORCID - and our community - have benefited from countless volunteer contributions - from the individuals and organizations that recognized the need for a researcher identifier and helped launch ORCID, and those who participated in our former Ambassador program; to the many participants in our working groups and task forces, and the translators, coders, and others who so generously share their expertise.  Today, we celebrate and recognize these contributors and warmly invite you all to continue to help ORCID achieve the vision that you, our community, have charged us with.

As well as helping us spread the word about ORCID, there are a number of ways to get more directly involved with our work, including:

  • Standing for election to our Board (ORCID members only, but two places are reserved for researchers from non-member organizations). Terms are for three years, and you can find more information on About Board elections
  • Volunteering for one of our task forces or working groups - fixed-term groups charged with a specific purpose. Information is posted on our blog, and a list of current groups is available on our Community page
  • Translating the ORCID Registry and/or outreach resources into your local language, reviewing or updating existing translations. Find out more in Translating ORCID for your community
  • Sharing print,video, audio, and other ORCID outreach resources for use by other members of the community
  • Providing open source code or software that others can reuse and adapt for their own integrations; making significant contributions to the testing and/or development of ORCID's own code or software
  • Suggesting new identifiers* or activity types to be added to ORCID records and working with your community to ensure that these are included in existing taxonomies (such as CASRAI)

As an organization that is committed to openness, we encourage contributions welcome that adhere to our open source principles and levels of involvement, while enhancing the ORCID offering, furthering our not-for-profit vision and mission, and  honoring the spirit of our values. In particular, we welcome contributions that benefit broad audiences, conform to established standards (where applicable), and can be implemented by ORCID with little to no financial or other burden. More information can be found in our open source contributions guidelines.

To show our appreciation for everyone who provides volunteer support for ORCID and our community, we are delighted to recognize your contributions through:

  • A listing of all current working groups and task forces, including members, on our Community page
  • A permanent record of every working group and task force in our repository, with all group members who provide us with their iDs listed as contributors (note: during 2018 we will also  be able to add this information to your ORCID record - with your permission)
  • Recognition for translation, software, and code contributions on GitHub
  • Periodic blog posts about working groups and task forces, translations, Board, activity and other community contributions
  • ORCID contributor pins for all participants on completion of a project - wear yours with pride!
  • Celebrating exceptional contributions, for example, through our recent  ORCID consortia awards

Please join us in thanking everyone who contributes to ORCID - past, present, and future!

* New identifiers to be added may only be requested by ORCID members

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Collect & Connect: Four New Integrations You Need To Know About!

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 - 00:00 UTC

In this month’s Collect & Connect post we focus on the different kinds of assertions - or trusted connections - that ORCID member organizations are making to their researchers’ ORCID records. Affiliations, awards, works and, launching soon, the use of research resources such as laboratories, special collections, equipment, and more - all these and more can be asserted, following our Collect & Connect guidelines.

If you are planning to assert employment or education affiliations, in order to control how your organization’s name is displayed to funders, publishers and other research organizations, make sure to follow our best practices. Likewise, if you’re asserting your researchers’ works, please check out our guidelines for publishers. And if you are interested in adopting ORCID to capture and assert your organizations’ facilities and resources use, you can join our working group or be part of one of the pilot projects.  

We hope these examples will inspire you to implement ORCID within your community and play your part in building trust in the research information infrastructure.

Asserting Affiliations

Lunds Universitet 

Lunds Universitet, a member of our Swedish consortium SUNET, has integrated with their current research information system LUCRIS. Lunds Universitet researchers can add their ORCID iD to the university’s personal and address directory and, within 24 hours, their iD is imported from the directory to their PURE profile. Researchers can then choose to export their affiliation, works and the link to their public portal page to their ORCID records.

University of Canterbury 

The University of Canterbury, a member of our New Zealand consortium Royal Society Te Apārangi, has recently launched their second integration. By using the New Zealand ORCID Hub, University of Canterbury collects researchers ORCID iDs and connects affiliation information to their records.

Asserting Works

Kyoto University 

Kyoto University, one of the Japan’s top universities, has recently launched its second integration with Society2iD. Society2iD is a platform developed by ORCID member Atlas which, like the New Zealand Hub, allows societies and institutions with limited resources to connect affiliations and research output to ORCID records. KURENAI, the Kyoto University Research Information Repository, collects researchers' ORCID iDs and connects their research output to their records, complementing their first integration connecting affiliation to researchers’ records.

Coming soon… Asserting Research Resource Use

Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory 

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) is a US organization focused on biological and environmental sciences research. They are integrating ORCID with their EMSL User Portal and require that principal investigators and co-principal investigators connect their IDs when submitting proposals to access Laboratory facilities. Researchers have the option to allow EMSL to collect their iDs and read data from their records. EMSL is planning to continue developing this implementation to assert information about awards granted to access the laboratory - see our Research Resources pages for more details on these sorts of assertions.

We are delighted to publicly recognize these great integrations and to thank the organizations involved for their leadership and support of ORCID.

Would you like to know if your integration meets our Collect & Connect requirements? Do you have any other questions about integrating? Contact us, we want to hear from you!

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Acknowledging Research Resources: New ORCID Data Model

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 - 17:34 UTC

Research resources run the gamut from research facilities housing specialized equipment, to repositories, museums, and field stations that house physical collections.  Both for the purposes of research rigor and reporting, it is important to be able to trace the resources that were used to generate research findings.

We’ve been working with a community group to determine whether and how identifiers can enable acknowledgement of resource use.  Our 2017 report documents findings and recommendations for resource hosts and publishers and describes specific pilot projects.  

A number of organizations have indicated interest in participating in these projects since the report was published, including museums, national libraries, field stations, and large scientific facilities.  In discussing use cases, we determined that ORCID needs to make some adjustments to our data model and Registry user interface, to accommodate the diversity of facilities and methods for requesting access to them.

Definitions: What do we mean by Research Resource

We started by clarifying terms and defining scope.   Broadly speaking, research resources are “things that researchers use for their research”. There are a number of initiatives in this area, among them BioSamples, eagle-I, MERIL, RRID, and Research Data Alliance working groups on Collections and Equipment. At ORCID, we care about identifiers - for the resource and for the person using it - so we focus on those resources that require a specific proposal process or credential to access.

The Working Group report found that resources are distinct from both affiliations and funding, so we are creating a new Research Resources section in the ORCID record and updating our APIs to convey resource information.  This section can hold information about the resource types listed in the following table:

 

Resource Type

Definition

Examples

Infrastructure

A facility, building, or other physical space used to perform research.

Neutron spallation source, animal facility, data enclave, archaeological site, telescope array. ships, planes, farms, laboratories

Collection

An object or group of objects used for research purposes; can be tangible or digital.

Ocean mission, field campaign, collaborative data sets or resources, rare book collection; museum collection, biological specimen collection

Equipment

Hardware used for research purposes

Microscope, computers, glassware, samples, materials

Service

Services used for research purposes

Proteomics analysis, computing services, data analysis, logistical support, legal services, copyediting, expert or staff advisement

  How to use the new Research Resources section

Items may be added to the Research Resources section only if the user’s ORCID iD has been authenticated, the user has given permission for the record to be updated, and identifiers for both the resource itself and the proposal to access the resource are included.  The data model is intentionally flexible to accommodate several use cases.  We will be adding support for the data model in a new API 3.0 release candidate, which we expect to release into our Sandbox environment mid-year, along with technical documentation.

To give an idea of our plans for ORCID user interface, we include here a a mock-up of a research resources record item for a fictional Giant Laser Award, with proposal host XSEDE and resource host Lasers-R-Us:  

This record item can be expanded to show additional information, including organization identifiers for the proposal and resource hosts, and use of two fictional resources, Giant Laser 1 and Moon Targets.

Next steps

Today we are launching Research Resources web pages describing the new functionality and inviting community participation in implementation projects, both for resource workflows and publication workflows.  We will be updating these pages with examples of implementations and organizations that are using the acknowledgement workflows.  

The JATS working group is putting forth a draft 1.2 schema that includes support for a research resources tag set for publishing workflows. We are holding an invitation-only breakfast meeting at SSP's annual conference to discuss resources in publishing workflows; if you'd like to attend, or if you are interested in participating in a monthly projects update call, please contact us at community@orcid.org for more information.

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A compendium of taxonomists on ORCID

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 - 15:00 UTC

March 19, 2018 was Taxonomist Appreciation Day. It's an event that generally flies under the radar because, well, taxonomy is an underappreciated science. Taxonomy, the science of naming and classifying organisms, does not require big money, does not require large teams of investigators, it's methodology has remained consistent for nearly 300 years, and unsurprisingly, it's thought that the number of practitioners is rapidly dwindling (though see Costello et al. 2013). And yet, all of biology depends on taxonomy. The products of taxonomy are critical for conservation, at all ports of entry, in the food industry, and taxonomy is the engine behind many bleeding edge artificial intelligence applications such as iNaturalist.

Taxonomist Appreciation Day was first championed in 2013 by Terry McGlynn, a prolific blogger, active Twitter user, and Professor of Biology, CSU Dominguez Hills & Research Associate, Natural History Museum of LA County. He sought to thank his mentor, Jack Longino, a well-known ant taxonomist at the University of Texas, Austin in a big way, by launching a campaign for other biologists to recognize their mentors. Terry's movement has subsequently gained momentum.

But how many taxonomists are there, who are they, where are they, and what do they work on? There are a number of ways to tackle these questions. One approach would require scouring through 300 years of scientific literature, mining registries like ZooBank and the International Plant Name Index the Catalog of Life (among others), Wikipedia, and Wikispecies, and swaths of other balkanized resources. This would require a significant investment of time, energy, and programming effort. Reconciling author names would require sensitivity to cultural practices and layers of tools to deal with the idiosyncrasies in taxonomic databases. The result would be difficult to reproduce and keep fresh. Much like a toiling taxonomist, this would be an insular activity.

Another more active and reactive approach is to take advantage of initiatives that already do a superb job of tracking the identity of active researchers. Initiatives like ORCID. Because ORCID is tightly integrated with Crossref, DataCite, and other resources, there's a natural, easy opportunity for researchers to tie their works to their identities. The added bonus of self-assigned keywords to one's ORCID account presents an opportunity for a campaign. It's entirely likely that a few taxonomists have an ORCID account.

Taxonomists generally like lists. And lists of lists. So, even though Taxonomist Appreciation Day nearly slipped under my radar, I jumped at the chance to send a few rapid tweets. I have few followers, but gave it a go. Could we get taxonomists to tell us who they are instead of mining the literature and taxonomic databases?

As I would have expected, there was a modest number of retweets. One respondent wisely suggested that I also encourage the use of the keyword "taxonomy". "Taxonomist" felt unnatural.

By the next day, I assembled a proof-of-concept using ORCID's public API: http://taxonomists.shorthouse.net. In that brief time, five new ORCID accounts were created with the suggested keyword and 65 others had been updated, many of whom added "taxonomy" or "taxonomist". Others, having seen that their organisms of specialty were not listed in the proof-of-concept, made the effort to link their works such that my script would churn through these new titles and lift out the scientific names. And many added a country to their accounts for the first time. Active campaigns like this engage communities of researchers with the ORCID ecosystem. Its well-constructed public API permits very rapid production of value-added products of benefit to those same communities. There’s potential here for other interesting ways to capitalize on positive feedback-driven network effects.

By others' estimates, there are approximately 10,000 active taxonomists globally (Patterson, personal communication). The nearly 1,500 on the list here (and shown in the map above) is an excellent start. Plus, we now know where they are, what they work on, and we can reproduce this list with little effort. Indeed, my script executes every day in search of taxonomists with new ORCID accounts and executes once a week to refresh its entire cache of scientific names in the titles of their linked works. Perhaps by Taxonomist Appreciation Day on March 19, 2020, the last year of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, we'll see all active taxonomists on this list. Then, we can collectively give all of them the appreciation that they rightfully deserve.

References

Mark J. Costello, Simon Wilson, Brett Houlding; More Taxonomists Describing Significantly Fewer Species per Unit Effort May Indicate That Most Species Have Been Discovered, Systematic Biology, Volume 62, Issue 4, 1 July 2013, Pages 616–624, https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syt024

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eLife Users Can Now Register with ORCID to Annotate Scientific Content Online

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 - 00:00 UTC

The open-access journal eLife recently announced the launch of the annotation and commenting tool, Hypothesis, on our website, enabling users to make comments, highlight important sections of articles and engage with the reading public online. Both our organisations are long-time supporters of ORCID – eLife was an early member of ORCID, joining in 2013, while Hypothesis (a member since 2017) and ORCID have been partnering on a grant to bring annotation to biomedicine since 2015.

We have extensively customised Hypothesis' open source software for use by eLife and other publishers with new moderation features, single sign-on authentication, and user-interface customisation options now giving publishers more control over its implementation on their sites. As a result, our users can now get started with annotations on eLife simply by registering with their ORCID iD.

eLife is a non-profit initiative that aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research collaboration that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science, as well as providing a platform for experimentation and showcasing innovation in research communication. Our partnership with Hypothesis was announced in 2016 as an important advancement toward this goal. Implementing the Hypothesis tool on our website means users can now make notes and hold discussions on all eLife content, from research articles and commentaries to magazine articles and blog posts.

Evolving Hypothesis’ authentication capabilities so that they could integrate with eLife's ORCID-based system was a key component of the development collaboration between our two organisations. This makes it possible for users to annotate using their eLife user account, instead of requiring a separate log in to Hypothesis. As Giuliano Maciocci, our Head of Product, explained during the launch of the newly customised tool: the improved moderation and authentication features give publishers more control over how annotations are deployed on their sites, and should result in higher-quality discussions around published scholarly content.

Heather Staines, Hypothesis’ Director of Partnerships, adds: "As an ORCID member, Hypothesis is pleased to work with two partners committed to open standards and transparency to bring new collaboration capabilities to publishers and platforms."

 

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1Q Update: Policies to Clarify Assertions and Data Privacy

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 - 15:56 UTC

Policies on assertions and privacy are one of our 2018 roadmap projects, under our Trusted Assertions core strategy.  

Assertions Policy

We have launched work to clarify what we mean by an “assertion”.  The ORCID Registry enables trusted connections - assertions - between individuals (via their ORCID iD) and their activities and affiliations (via other identifiers and APIs).   We make the source of each connection explicit, and the route and timing of the connection traceable. In our assertions policy, we are defining the components of an assertion: who are the parties involved, what do we mean by source, and what are the provenance requirements for adding information into an ORCID record. This work will be discussed by our Trust Working Group in March and April, and then we will roll out the draft policy for community comment.  Our assertions policy is fundamental to a number of projects on our 2018 roadmap, including providing tools to users to pre-authorize record updates by trusted parties.  

Research Resources

Following on work to update and expand our affiliations data model to accommodate service activities, professional awards, and memberships, we are now working to define a new section of the ORCID record, which will hold information about the resources researchers use to do their work, such as user facilities and special collections.  This builds on the findings and recommendations of our User Facilities Working Group, which brought together publishers and facilities to better understand facilities research, publication, and reporting workflows; to define terms to enable conversation; and to identify opportunities for working together to streamline and, where possible, automate facilities impact reporting.

Following publication of the Working Group report, we have now cheered on two US Department of Energy laboratories (Oak Ridge and EMSL) as they tested the integration recommendations in their proposal workflows. We have also welcomed additional members of the research resources community with whom we are testing out a draft data model. Our goal is to reach consensus and incorporate the data model into a release candidate of our new v3.0 API.  

Organization Identifiers

Work continues on the organization identifier initiative.  We co-hosted a stakeholder meeting in January, with DataCite and Crossref. From there, we three organizations were charged with developing a proposal to stand up a project to launch a community venture to host an open registry.  The proposal and MOU will be released for public comment by early April. Pending comments, our goal is to start soliciting participation in April.

Getting Ready for GDPR

Researcher control and privacy are core principles for ORCID.  We completed our annual privacy audit in December, and are finalizing an official translation of a legal review by the German ORCID consortium.  We are also working to ensure compliance with GDPR, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on May 25, 2018.  This is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.  We have been following the evolution and implementation plan of the regulation closely. and are making progress on an organization-wide compliance project.

Next Steps

In addition to community feedback on the projects underway, we will be working on processes to embed organization identifiers into our membership and API credentialing processes.  We’ll also be working to define policies for user pre-authorization of trusted parties. Watch this space for more!

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API 1.2 Sunset Date Set: Upgrade to ORCID API 2.0+ by August

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 - 18:02 UTC

The backbone of the ORCID Registry is our API. It enables systems to collect verified ORCID iDs from researchers, as well as reading and connecting information about researchers’ affiliations, funding, use of research resources, and research output via their ORCID records. Maintaining and continuing to develop and enhance a sustainable and reliable Registry to provide this service is a key ORCID goal.

We released ORCID API 2.0 in February 2017, bringing several changes to make the ORCID Registry and API scalable. In November 2017 we launched API 2.1 to support HTTPS ORCID iDs, enabling us to build a reliable Registry that secures your information and protects against vulnerabilities. On March 1, we sunset API 1.2 on the Public API. We have now set the sunset date of API 1.2 on the Member API: August 1, 2018.

ORCID members must upgrade to API 2.0 or higher by August 1 to continue benefiting from using the ORCID Member API. Many members have already upgraded to API 2.0, including the majority of ORCID-enabled CRIS and publishing systems. If you have not yet upgraded, please contact us as soon as possible to let us know your timeframe for completing your upgrade.

To learn more about the changes in API 2.0, read our February 2017 interview with our Director of Technology about the new API and our July 2017 post on some of the 2.0 features that will simplify your workflows, reduce transfer file sizes, and make your ORCID integration work better for you and your users alike.  

In addition to providing improved functionality to you, sunsetting older versions of the API allow us to provide focused service to members and users alike, and to spend more time developing new features - including our soon-to-be-launched API 3.0, including the expanded affiliation sections and a new research resources section.

We’re here to help you!

Resources to aid your upgrade include:

Members can also contact your regional support team to plan and discuss your upgrade further.

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Sunset date set: Upgrade to ORCID API 2.0+ by August

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 - 00:00 UTC

The backbone of the ORCID Registry is our API. It enables systems to collect verified ORCID iDs from researchers, as well as reading and connecting information about researchers’ affiliations, funding, use of research resources, and research output via their ORCID records. Maintaining and continuing to develop and enhance a sustainable and reliable Registry to provide this service is a key ORCID goal.

We released ORCID API 2.0 in February 2017, bringing several changes to make the ORCID Registry and API scalable. In November 2017 we launched API 2.1 to support HTTPS ORCID iDs, enabling us to build a reliable Registry that secures your information and protects against vulnerabilities. On March 1, we sunset API 1.2 on the Public API. We have now set the sunset date of API 1.2 on the Member API: August 1, 2018.

ORCID members must upgrade to API 2.0 or higher by August 1 to continue benefiting from using the ORCID Member API. Many members have already upgraded to API 2.0, including the majority of ORCID-enabled CRIS and publishing systems. If you have not yet upgraded, please contact us as soon as possible to let us know your timeframe for completing your upgrade.

To learn more about the changes in API 2.0, read our February 2017 interview with our Director of Technology about the new API and our July 2017 post on some of the 2.0 features that will simplify your workflows, reduce transfer file sizes, and make your ORCID integration work better for you and your users alike.

In addition to providing improved functionality to you, sunsetting older versions of the API allow us to provide focused service to members and users alike, and to spend more time developing new features - including our soon-to-be-launched API 3.0, including the expanded affiliation sections and a new research resources section.

We’re here to help you!

Resources to aid your upgrade include:

Members can also contact your regional support team to plan and discuss your upgrade further.

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Collecting the Evidence

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 - 17:33 UTC

WIth over 4.5m users, 850 members, and over 550 member integrations, ORCID is clearly valued by our community. But how can we actually measure that value? Are researchers experiencing automated record updates and form-filling? Are our member organizations able to leverage ORCID iDs to better trace the impact of the research they support?

Our Collecting the Evidence project - part of our 2018 roadmap - is intended to help us answer these questions and more.

There are a number of existing ORCID reports and analyses that we already know about, including several carried out by our consortia. For example, this Jisc study estimated that comprehensive adoption of open identifiers (ORCID iDs for people, DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) for articles and data, and soon grant awards too) could provide enough reliable information to save a large research institution 1,000 staff hours every year. And Portuguese funder FCT has created a simulator that enables you to calculate how much time and money could be saved if ORCID’s mantra of “enter once, reuse often” can be realized.

We also get lots of great feedback from users on Twitter, which we will be tracking this year using sentiment analysis. Not to mention in-person feedback from users, members, our Board, and others, which we are also now collecting more formally.

Now we need your help! Please let us know if you’ve carried out an analysis of the impact of ORCID in your community - or if you’re thinking of doing so. If you have direct experience of ORCID making your life easier (or harder!). Or if you have any other feedback on the value of ORCID for you, your organization, or your community.

We’ve set up a public Dropbox folder and invite you to contribute to it. You can also contact us directly at community@orcid.org. We will be updating you regularly on our progress and sharing the evidence we’ve collected at the end of the year.

Thank you!

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