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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.

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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


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!


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




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


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


Hardware used for research purposes

Microscope, computers, glassware, samples, materials


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.


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


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."



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!


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.


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.


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!


Announcing ORCID's Permissions Pre-Authorization Technical Working Group

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 - 00:00 UTC

Connecting researchers with their research activities is at the heart of what we do here at ORCID, and we’re always looking for ways to make authoritative connections easier to create.  Authoritative connections from publishers, funders, societies, data-centres, aggregators, and others add value to ORCID records and reduce the time researchers spend typing information into forms. The more connections in the Registry, the more the research world benefits.

Authoritative connections have always been made with the researcher’s permission and always will be. However, with over 840 ORCID member organisations operating more than 550 integrations, granting permission may become a burden to researchers in itself.  With that in mind, we are looking into ways to offer users the ability to proactively grant record update permission to organisations of their choice, without having to visit each one individually.

To ensure that this workflow is secure, sensible, user-friendly, and privacy-preserving, we are launching the Permissions Preauthorization Technical Working Group (PPTWG).  This group is tasked with:

  • Helping ORCID assess technical options
  • Specifying a solution for researchers to proactively grant permission

The group will produce a recommendation for handling generation and transmission of the permission tokens used to access a user’s ORCID record.  

The PPTWG will be chaired by Simeon Warner, a member of the ORCID Board and Director of Library Linked Data and Repository Architecture at Cornell University Library. Simeon will be supported by Tom Demeranville, ORCID Technology Advocate.  

Working group membership is voluntary, and is open to individuals with an interest in the topic, who have technical and practical knowledge of APIs, authentication, encrypted token exchange, user-granted permissions, OAuth2, OIDC, and symmetric and asymmetric encryption. Individuals representing third-party systems are encouraged to participate.

We are seeking 6-12 volunteers, and will recognize your participation on the PPTWG web pages on the ORCID website.  We expect members to attend four one-hour web meetings over the course of two months, and to dedicate about four hours to reviewing documents outside of the meetings.

Interested?  Please contact us with a short bio and why you’d like to participate.  




Call for Nominations for the ORCID Board in 2019

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 - 00:10 UTC

ORCID is looking for a new class of Board members to join a dynamic group of professionals from different sectors of the research community.

Each year the Board nominations process gives the ORCID membership a direct voice in the organization’s governance.  The Board’s composition and annual elections are part of ORCID’s charter.

As a new Board member and the Chair of the Nominations Committee, I look forward to working with the other committee members:

Other than two unaffiliated researcher members (myself and Richard de Grijs), ORCID Board members must be from current ORCID member organizations, all of which are eligible to nominate representatives to serve on the Board. In seeking a balanced, diverse slate, we will take into account different sectors, region, skills, and non-profit status requirements, as established in the ORCID bylaws. New Board members should ideally offer perspectives not currently represented or fully represented on the Board.

New Board members will serve for a period of three years, starting from  the February 2019 Board meeting. They are expected to attend each of three annual Board meetings, in person, and to play an active role in ORCID activities during the course of their term.

For more about the roles and responsibilities of ORCID Board Directors, please see the Elections webpage.

Please send us your recommendations for new ORCID Board members using this form. We will consider all recommendations received before August 1, 2018.

The slate will be presented to the current Board for approval at our late September meeting, after which it will be announced publicly. The community has the choice of either voting on the slate or proposing additional candidates (within 30 days of the slate being announced), in which case the election will become a plurality vote by candidate. To propose additional candidates, a group of 20 or more members must submit a nomination in writing to ORCID before November 7, 2018. Note that the group may not include more than one member per consortium (for specific details, see Article III Section 2b of ORCID's Bylaws). We will send notifications and open the election by electronic ballot later in November.

The full process is summarized below:

ORCID 2019 Elections Timetable Date Activity March 12, 2018 Call for Board member recommendations August 1, 2018 Closing date for Board recommendations September 26, 2018 Nominating Committee presents slate for Board approval October 28, 2018 Slate made public November 7, 2018 Closing date for alternative nominations December 6, 2018 Elections by electronic ballot January 1, 2018 Elected members start their term   We look forward to receiving your recommendations over the coming months.   Please contact the nominating committee with any questions, or feel free to reach out to me directly.When voting opens, ORCID will be sending proxies to each main contact listed on ORCID membership agreements. If you would like to update your membership contact information at any time between now and then, please contact ORCID Support.



Looking Out Three Years: ORCID’s Strategic Plan

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 - 18:07 UTC
Planning for the Future

ORCID is transitioning from a start-up into a growing, established non-profit organization. Our community is growing steadily. We have 4.5 million registered users and expect to pass the 1,000 member milestone this year.  As we grow, we must redouble our efforts to ensure reliability - both in terms of our services and our principles.

To guide the transition, in 2017 we engaged in a strategic visioning process. Our core question was how ORCID can optimally position its offering to empower researchers and advance the research ecosystem to drive better research outcomes.

Core Strategies

We started by imagining potential scenarios for the research environment in 2035. With our Board and members of the ORCID community, we considered the implications of these scenarios for ORCID and identified four core strategies that enable the ORCID mission:

  • Researcher: Position the researcher at the center of all that we do
  • Infrastructure: Invest in developing a robust information infrastructure
  • Trusted Assertions: Enable a wide range of verified iD-ID connections
  • Strategic Relationships: Develop sustainability through strategic relationships
Three-year Roadmap

From these core strategies, we have developed a roadmap for the next three years.  In each year, our projects will focus on a community sector or perspective. Building on our earlier work with the publishing community and research institutions, in 2018 we will be deepening our engagement with the funding community, starting with the ORBIT project and encompassing all of our roadmap projects.  In 2019 we will leverage all of this work to focus on researchers.  

You can read more about our work in 2017 in our Annual Report.  And, over the next few weeks, we will be publishing blogs describing our 2018 roadmap projects.  Look for updates during the course of the year!

We thank our Board especially for supporting ORCID in this journey, and we look forward to working with everyone in the community as we implement our core strategies.

For Your Reference

We invite you to consult our website for more information and to follow our blog for regular roadmap updates.


Why We Need to Explore Blockchain Technology to Connect Researchers and Research

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 - 00:00 UTC

We are working toward a day when all researchers can easily and reliably connect their ORCID iD to their contributions. To ensure reliable connections, we in turn rely on persistent identifiers (PIDs) for the contributions. The provenance of the connection and resolution of those PIDs forms the basis of trust in ORCID record information.

While this is all well and great for journal articles, ORCID  sees an urgent need for PIDs to represent and connect researchers to more “things.” Employment, education, qualifications, invited-position, distinctions, membership, service, projects, project proposals, funding, and research resources are just a short list of items that researchers and members want to connect to ORCID iDs.  All of these items have underdeveloped PID infrastructure, if any exists at all. Typically, PIDs resolve to real objects like books and papers. But many of these new types of “things” are social constructs - not physical objects or even digital representations of physical objects. For example: with employment we would never resolve a PID to the actual employment contract but instead to a set of metadata that represents a social construct people use to describe employment.

ORCID is eager to participate in projects that enrich the PID ecosystem. That includes looking at what blockchain can offer us, even if it’s clearly in a tech hype cycle. One such project is Digital Science’s Peer Review Blockchain initiative, which is looking to use blockchain and smart contracts to improve recognition for peer review activities (including connecting them to ORCID records), enable citation of peer review, and increase the transparency of the review process.

Yes, blockchain hype is off the scales, which tends to produce suspicion in those who can count their years in tech by decades. We’ve all seen the tech hype pattern many times before. With the peer-to-peer bubble, Napster, Gnutella, and Kazaa all ceased to exist, but BitTorrent remains. The Internet Y2K bubble had massive failures with Pets.com, Webvan, and Ariba but Amazon.com remains. From this and other technology bubbles, it’s easy to predict failures and hard to predict successes. The tech community quickly enough starts debating potential failures and successes while missing the real potential: LEARNING. Even after the burst, tech bubbles leave behind surpluses in infrastructure. Those who are able to utilize these surpluses and understand paradigm shifts are in the best position to improve services and grow.

We are excited to be starting to work with the community on practical projects exploring the complex blockchain space.  We see potential for delivering new and useful PID types - and in testing the utility versus the hype  of blockchain technology for decentralization, transparency, immutability, and trust in connecting researchers and research. If you’re using - or thinking of using - blockchain in this way, we’d be interested in learning more.



Five Key Highlights from ORCID’s 2017 Annual Report

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 - 01:15 UTC

As a community-led organization with a commitment to transparent and open governance, we are delighted to share our 2017 Annual Report.

Here we report on just a few of the many activities we undertook during 2017. We couldn’t have achieved them without the help and support of our users, members, and partners. 

Reaching Key Milestones

We achieved several adoption and usage milestones, including ORCID Pi Day (to celebrate the 3,141,593rd ORCID registrant) in March; 4 million registrants in time for our 5th anniversary; 1.5 million records with at least one connection, and 10 million unique DOIs connected to ORCID records.  The Registry continues to garner strong global usage. You can find all the latest ORCID stats on our new, improved statistics page.

Supporting Our Users

We overhauled and expanding our outreach resources and information for users, including a new Welcome to ORCID page, ORCID How-to videos embedded at point of need, an updated outreach resources page, and a three-phase communications plan template.  These resouces are available in our ORCID repository, also launched in 2017.  In the last quarter of 2017 alone, there were 223,104 views of our new KnowledgeBase (KB) articles.

Building Our Member Community

We welcomed 218 new members and five new ORCID consortia - in Brazil, Canada, Norway, and South Africa.  At the end of 2017, we had 827 members in 42 countries, who individually had built 515 live integrations across all sectors of our community: research institutions, funders, publishers.  As part of our Collect and Connect program to ensure these integration follow best practices, we reviewed 216 integrations and awarded 47 Collect & Connect badges.  See the ORCID membership  page for the most up-to-date information on members and their integrations.

Ensuring Reliable and Responsive Technology

We made progress on 40 new technology projects, including launching version 2.0 of the ORCID API; migrating to a new content delivery network architecture that better supports our global operations; switching the ORCID identifier to a secure protocol and implementing OpenID Connect; and streamlining the processing of our annual public datafile and enabling on-demand public datafiles for our premium members.

Listening to Our Community

2017 was a very busy year for us, as we engaged with our community through task forces and working groups on a variety of topics: User Facilities and Publications; Organization Identifiers; ORCID in Book Workflows; Displaying iDs in journal articles; and the Refeds ORCID Working Group.  Full information about past and present task forces, working groups, and more can be found on the ORCID community page

But Wait - There’s More!

We warmly invite you to read and share our 2017 annual report. We’d love to hear your feedback! And we invite you to join us for more in 2018.


ORCID na América Latina: Uma Atualização

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 - 00:00 UTC

ORCID continua reunindo apoio na América Latina. 2017 foi um ano muito produtivo, e estamos muito satisfeitos por compartilhar algumas realizações importantes com vocês.

Integrações e adoção do ORCID

Nossos membros na América Latina expandiram suas integrações em 2017, possibilitando que mais pesquisadores usem suas  iDs em seus processos de trabalho de pesquisa.

Em setembro, a Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), agência de financiamento nacional brasileira dependente do Ministério da Educação, anunciou oficialmente a adoção de iDs dentro de seu sistema de pedidos de financiamento, sistema internacional de subsídios e sistema nacional de avaliação de programas de pós-graduação. O objetivo de CAPES é poder conectar informações sobre afiliação, bolsas e publicações, acompanhar a evolução acadêmica daqueles que recebem o apoio da CAPES; e determinar o impacto de seus programas.

No setor de publicações, a SciELO anunciou que, a partir de 2019, as mais de 250 revistas  brasileiras indexadas exigirão iDs ORCID dos autores durante o processo de submissão. No momento, quarenta e cinco periódicos SciELO já estão solicitando iDs durante a submissão do manuscrito, e vários assinaram a Carta Aberta ORCID.

Uma das universidades mais prestigiadas da América Latina, membro da ORCID, a Universidade de São Paulo (USP), iniciou recentemente uma campanha para promover o registro ORCID de seus pesquisadores. A campanha foi organizada pela Vice-Reitoria de Pesquisa, juntamente com o Sistema Integrado de Bibliotecas (SIBI). Até agora mais de dois mil  pesquisadores conectaram suas iDs ao SIBI.

Também concedemos as primeiras insígnias Collect & Connect na região para a Universidade de Campinas, o Conselho Nacional de Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação Tecnológica (CONCYTEC) e a Redalyc. É ótimo ter as primeiras implementações exemplares e esperamos que isso leve a mais organizações membros a construir integrações de alta qualidade.


O interesse na ORCID continua crescendo na região. Em 2017, demos as boas vindas a vários membros em toda a região: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Brasil),  Centro Internacional de Melhoramento de Milho e Trigo - CIMMYT (Mexico), Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Chile, Universidade Católica Silva Henríquez (Chile) e Universidade de Los Andes (Colombia).  Universidade da Savana (Colombia) se juntou em janeiro.

O Brasil estabeleceu o primeiro consórcio na região. Dirigido pela  CAPES, atualmente conta com  cinco membros: CAPES, Conselho Nacional das Fundações Estaduais de Amparo à Pesquisa (CONFAP), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (IBICT), SciELO, e Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP) como coordenador da integração. Talita Moreira de Oliveira, Coordenadora Geral de Atividades de Pós-Graduação da CAPES, diz: “a força desse consórcio é o fato de reunir os principais agentes promotores da ciência brasileira e o fato de que a integração permitirá reduzir o tempo dos pesquisadores em informar dados repetidamente em várias fontes, além de proporcionar melhoria da qualidade dos dados disponíveis, promovendo consequentemente a geração de conhecimento de forma mais sistêmica e permitindo melhor acompanhamento e definição de políticas públicas”. O consórcio desenvolverá para incluir institutos de pesquisa no Brasil, tornando-o único em incluir todos os setores da comunidade de pesquisa: agências de financiamento, uma meta-editora que representa as revistas brasileiras mais importantes e as universidades.


Juntamente com El Colegio de México (COLMEX) realizamos nosso primeiro workshop no Mexico em outubro. Com 150 participantes e mais de 100 pessoas acompanhando  via streaming online em todo o país, o evento foi um sucesso total!  Nossos membros Redalyc e Universidade Autónoma de San Luis Potosí apresentaram suas experiência na implementação da ORCID em seus sistemas e, juntamente com o CONACYT, falaram sobre os benefícios do uso de identificadores persistentes em seus fluxos de trabalho.

Também no México, a ORCID esteve presente no evento anual Entre Pares pela primeira vez, para interagir com a comunidade latino-americana em geral e aprender mais sobre os desafios e as oportunidades da comunicação científica na região.

Em outubro, Ana Heredia,  Diretora Regional da ORCID para a América Latina, participou do Forum da Rede Nacional de Pesquisa no Brasil. Ela participou de um painel de discussão sobre os desafios e as perspectivas para a adoção da ORCID em fluxos de informação científica no  contexto nacional, com representantes da CAPES, CNPq e IBICT.

Ana Cardoso, Líder da equipe para as comunidades  nas Américas, representou a ORCID na OpenCon LatAm 2017. Esta foi uma ótima oportunidade para se encontrar e discutir com atores  regionais do acesso aberto sobre o futuro da comunicação acadêmica na América Latina.


Por último, mas não menos importante, recentemente adicionamos legendas em espanhol e em português em  nosso vídeo Por que ORCID?. Este recurso é publicado sob uma licença CC0 e esperamos que ajude a melhorar o entendimento da ORCID entre os pesquisadores latino-americanos.

Nosso desejo para 2018 é continuar trabalhando com vocês para a implementação da ORCID na América Latina. Estamos sempre felizes em receber seus comentários, perguntas e idéias. Entre em contato!



ORCID en Latinoamérica: Novedades

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 - 00:00 UTC

ORCID continúa sumando apoyo en Latinoamérica. 2017 fue un año muy atareado, y estamos encantados de poder compartir los logros más importantes con ustedes.

Integraciones y adopción de ORCID

Los miembros de ORCID en América Latina expandieron sus integraciones en 2017, posibilitando a más investigadores usar sus iDs en sus procesos de trabajo de investigación.

En Septiembre, la Coordinación de Perfeccionamiento del Personal de Nivel Superior (CAPES), la agencia nacional de financiamiento brasileña dependiente del Ministerio de Educación, anunció oficialmente la adopción de iDs en sus sistemas de solicitud de becas internacionales, y en su sistema de evaluación nacional de programas de posgrado. El objetivo de CAPES es conectar información de afiliación, subvenciones y publicaciones, para seguir la evolución académica de quienes reciben apoyo financiero de CAPES; y para determinar el impacto de sus programas.

En el sector editorial, SciELO anunció recientemente que, a partir de 2019, las más de 250 revistas brasileñas indexadas en ésta base exigirán iDs a los autores durante el proceso de publicación. Cuarenta y cinco revistas indexadas en SciELO ya están solicitando registros ORCID durante la presentación del manuscrito, y varios han firmado la carta abierta de ORCID.

Una de las universidades más prestigiosas de América Latina, nuestro miembro Universidad de São Paulo (USP), comenzó recientemente una campaña para promover el registro en ORCID de sus investigadores. La campaña estuvo organizada por la Oficina de Investigación, junto al Sistema Integrado de Bibliotecas (SIBI). Más de dos mil investigadores ya han conectado sus iDs al SIBI.

También hemos otorgado las primeras insignias Collect & Connect en la región a la Universidad de Campinas, al Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica (CONCYTEC) y a Redalyc. Es magnífico tener las primeras implementaciones ejemplares y esperamos que esto lleve a más organizaciones miembro a desarrollar integraciones de alta calidad.


El interés en ORCID sigue creciendo. En 2017 le dimos la bienvenida a miembros individuales en toda la región: Fundación Oswaldo Cruz (Brasil), Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo - CIMMYT (México), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez (Chile) y Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia). La Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia) se unió a ORCID en enero.

Brasil ha establecido el primer consorcio en la región. Liderado por CAPES, cuenta actualmente con cinco miembros: CAPES, Conselho Nacional das Fundações Estaduais de Amparo à Pesquisa (CONFAP), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (IBICT), SciELO, y Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP) como coordinador técnico. Talita Moreira de Oliveira, Coordinadora General de Actividades de Posgrado de CAPES, comenta: “la fuerza de este consorcio está en reunir a los principales promotores de la ciencia brasileña e implementar ORCID en nuestros sistemas de información de investigación. Nuestro objetivo es reducir el tiempo que dedican los investigadores a ingresar datos repetidamente en diversas fuentes, y mejorar la calidad de los datos disponibles, promoviendo así la generación de conocimiento de una manera más sistémica y permitiendo un mejor monitoreo y definición de políticas públicas”. El consorcio continuará desarrollándose para incluir instituciones de investigación de Brasil, haciéndolo único por incluir a todos los sectores de la comunidad científica: agencias de financiamiento, un meta editor representando a las más importantes revistas brasileñas, y las universidades.


Junto al Colegio de México (COLMEX) organizamos nuestro primer taller en México en octubre. Con 150 participantes y más de 100 personas en todo el país siguiendo la transmisión en vivo, el evento fue un éxito total! Nuestros miembros Redalyc y Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí realizaron interesantes presentaciones sobre su experiencia implementando ORCID y, junto al CONACYT, hablaron de los beneficios de usar identificadores persistentes en sus flujos de trabajo.

También en México, ORCID estuvo presente en el evento anual Entre Pares por primera vez, para interactuar con la comunidad latinoamericana en general y aprender más sobre los desafíos y oportunidades de la comunicación científica en la región.

En Octubre, Ana Heredia, Directora Regional de ORCID en América Latina, asistió al Foro de la Red Nacional de Investigación en Brasil. Ella participó en el panel de discusión sobre los desafíos y perspectivas para la adopción de ORCID en sistemas de investigación a nivel nacional, junto a representantes de CAPES, CNPq e IBICT.

Ana Cardoso, Líder del equipo para las comunidades en las Américas, representó a ORCID en OpenCon LatAm 2017. Fue una muy buena oportunidad para reunirse con actores regionales del acceso abierto y discutir sobre el futuro de la comunicación académica en América Latina.


Por último, aunque no menos importante, hemos agregado subtítulos en español y portugués a nuestro video ¿Por qué ORCID?. Este recurso está publicado bajo una licencia CC0 y esperamos que ayude a mejorar la comprensión de ORCID entre los investigadores latinoamericanos.

Nuestro deseo para el 2018 es seguir trabajando con ustedes para la implementación de ORCID en Latinoamérica. Como siempre, nos gusta recibir sus comentarios, preguntas e ideas. Contáctenos!


ORCID in Latin America: An Update

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 - 00:00 UTC

ORCID is gathering support in Latin America. 2017 was a very busy year, and we are delighted to share some important achievements with you.

ORCID integrations and adoption

ORCID members in Latin America expanded their integrations in 2017, making it possible for more researchers to use iDs in research workflows.

In September, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), the Brazilian national funding agency under the Ministry of Education, officially announced the adoption of iDs within their funding application system, international grants system, and national post-graduation programs evaluation system. CAPES’ aim is to be able to connect information about affiliation, grants, and publications; to follow the academic evolution of those who receive CAPES grant support; and to determine the impact of CAPES programs.

In the publishing sector, SciELO recently announced that, starting in 2019, all Brazilian indexed-journals (more than 250) will start to require ORCID iDs for authors during the submission process. Forty five journals are already requesting ORCID iDs during manuscript submission, and several have signed the ORCID open letter.

One of Latin America’s most prestigious universities, ORCID member Universidade de São Paulo (USP), has recently started a campaign to promote ORCID iD registration among their researchers. The campaign was organized by the Research Office, together with the Integrated Systems of Libraries (SIBI). So far more than 2,000 researchers have connected their iD to SIBI.

We’ve also awarded the first Collect & Connect Badges in the region to Universidade de Campinas, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica (CONCYTEC) and Redalyc. It is great to have the first exemplar implementations and we hope this will lead to more member organizations building high-quality integrations.


Interest in ORCID keeps growing. In 2017, we welcomed individual members across the Latin American region: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Brazil),  International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center - CIMMYT (Mexico), Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez (Chile) and Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia). Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia) joined in January.

Brazil has established the first consortium in the region. Led by CAPES, there are currently five members: CAPES, Conselho Nacional das Fundações Estaduais de Amparo à Pesquisa (CONFAP), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (IBICT), SciELO, and Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP) as the implementation coordinator. Talita Moreira de Oliveira, CAPES’ General Coordinator of Post Graduation Activities, says: “the strength of this consortium is to bring together the main promoters of Brazilian science and implement ORCID in our research information systems. Our goal is to reduce the time researchers spend entering data repeatedly in various sources, and improve the quality of available data, thus promoting the generation of knowledge in a more systemic way and allowing better monitoring and definition of public policies.” The consortium will develop to include research institutes in Brazil, making it unique in including all sectors of the research community: funding agencies, a meta publisher representing the most important Brazilian journals, and the universities.


Together with El Colegio de México (COLMEX) we hosted our first workshop in Mexico in October. With 150 attendees and more than 100 people following via online streaming all over the country, the event was a total success! Our members Redalyc and Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, delivered interesting presentations about their experience implementing ORCID and, together with CONACYT, they talked about the benefits of using persistent identifiers in their workflows.

Also in Mexico, ORCID attended the annual Entre Pares event for the first time, to interact with the wider Latin American community and learn more about the challenges and opportunities of scientific communication in the region.

In October, Ana Heredia, ORCID Regional Director for Latin America, attended the Rede Nacional de Pesquisa Forum in Brazil. She participated in a discussion panel about the challenges and perspectives for ORCID adoption in research information workflows  at a national level  context, with CAPES, CNPq and IBICT representatives.

Ana Cardoso, Community Team Lead for the Americas, represented ORCID at OpenCon LatAm 2017. This was a great opportunity to meet and discuss with regional open access advocates about the future of scholarly communications in Latin America.


Last, but not least, we’ve recently added Spanish and Portuguese subtitles to our Why ORCID? video. This resource is published under a CC0 license and we hope it will help enhance the understanding of ORCID between Latin American researchers.

Our wish for 2018 is to keep working with you towards the implementation of ORCID in Latin America. We are always happy to receive your feedback, questions, and ideas. Contact us!


Expanding Affiliations in ORCID: An Update

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 - 02:13 UTC

The ORCID Registry currently supports two types of affiliations: education and employment.  Affiliations can be added to the record - or asserted - directly by the user or, with the user’s permission, by an ORCID member organization.  These organizational assertions make it easier for researchers to share information about their affiliations as they interact with ORCID-enabled research information systems.

In late 2017, ORCID reached out to the community to help shape  how to extend affiliations to encompass a wider range of professional activities. There was an overwhelmingly positive response, and we received a lot of helpful advice.  We have taken this feedback and used it to refine our proposal. Variations in practice and locality mean that this was not an easy task, but we are confident that our model strikes a good balance between usability, accuracy, simplicity, and consistency.

In the near future we will add support for several new types of affiliation; qualifications, invited positions, distinctions, memberships and service. These will be separated in the API, but combined in various ways in the user interface to keep it streamlined. We are now in the process of adding these new affiliation types to the Registry as shown in the table below:

There are many nuances to consider when categorizing affiliations and our model is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate them. Roles can have different definitions, and affiliation names can have different meanings depending on context and location.

A good example is “Fellow”, which can mean very different things in different institutions. There are also many affiliations that can potentially fit within more than one category; postdoctoral work is categorized by some as employment and others as education.  Similarly society positions may be considered employment, membership, service, or an invited position depending on the society's rules or current practice.  And the list goes on... 

To help with this, we will be providing guidelines for organizations that will be adding these new affiliations to the Registry, and also for those who would like to use them downstream.

The new affiliation types will be available in the first release of our new API 3.0 in a few weeks time - watch out for more information here soon and let us know if you’d like to help beta test the new API!


Globetrotting with Collect & Connect

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 - 16:41 UTC

To uniquely identify and connect researchers to their contributions and affiliations, ORCID takes both a global and a local approach. And so does our Collect & Connect program. We work with organizations across communities and countries to ensure a consistent user experience, while also respecting local expectations.  Our goal is to foster transparent and trustworthy connections and make it easier for researchers to share information about their work.

We are delighted to recognize ORCID member organizations that have been awarded Collect & Connect badges during the first two months of 2018, and give a special mention to our members that have recently updated their integrations or communications. We encourage our community to continue improving and extending your existing integrations.

Come take the tour with us!

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Our journey starts in the US at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill), member of our US Community consortium. UNC-Chapel Hill has recently launched an integration to collect authenticated iDs from their faculty staff and students.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

Our next stop takes us to Germany to visit Frauenhofer-Gesellschaft, a member of our German consortium and Europe’s largest application-oriented research institution. In the first phase of their integration, Frauenhofer allows researchers to create or connect an existing iD to their publication database Frauenhofer Publica. Their integration information page is available in German.


University of Antwerp 

Now to the Netherlands, where the University of Antwerp, a member of our Belgium consortium, has integrated ORCID with their institutional repository by collecting and displaying authenticated iDs. University of Antwerp has created a very comprehensive ORCID guide for their researchers, that includes information about their integration and its benefits, available in Dutch and English.


OpenEdition is a non-profit French initiative that promotes Open Access academic publishing through four platforms, with a focus in the humanities and social sciences. Their integration, originally launched in July 2017, allows researchers to connect their iD and export works from OpenEdition to their ORCID records. In addition to their introductory page, they have created a video-tutorial available in French.  


Next, we visit MyScienceWork, based in Luxembourg - a global platform for depositing and discovering scientific publications and patents.  Their integration connects MyScienceWork profiles with iDs and allows users to import publications from ORCID. Users also have the option to let MyScienceWork automatically update their profiles weekly, based on ORCID data.

Instituto de Telecomunicações 

Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), based in Portugal, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promote scientific research in the field of telecommunications. Their integration collects and displays authenticated iDs and allows researchers to import and export works from/to ORCID and their IT Portal. IT has created a great tutorial video to demonstrate to their researchers how to connect their iDs and synchronize information between the two systems.

James Cook University 

Next, we leave Europe and travel to Australia to meet ORCID Australia consortium member the James Cook University (JCU), one of the oldest universities in Queensland. Their researchers can now connect their institutional JCU identity to their ORCID iD and add their affiliation information to records. Their smooth user interface explains the workflow in three simple steps and allows researchers to see the permissions granted.

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) 

Our final stop is in Asia, where we meet the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). Their recently launched integration collects and displays authenticated iDs and connects their affiliation and publications to records. NCKU communicates the benefits of their integration and ORCID in Mandarin and English.


Last, but not least, we are delighted to recognize our members who have recently updated their integrations to enable auto-update, and have now been awarded Connect badges :


Their Gates Open Research integration has recently started connecting publication and peer review information to ORCID records. Powered by F1000, it also supports auto-update.


The F1000 Open Research integration allows authors to connect their iD on submission and add publications and peer review activities to their records. F1000 has enabled auto- update of iDs.

Wellcome Trust 

The Wellcome Trust Open Research integration, developed by F1000, collects and displays authenticated iDs and adds publication and peer review data to records. The auto-update functionality is also enabled.

Would you like to be on our list of Collect & Connect awardees? Do you need help getting started with your integration? Have you finished your technical development but need help designing a communication campaign? Make meeting Collect & Connect requirements your new year resolution and contact us for help!