You can get a lot done in 365 days. Here is a quick run-through of 2019 at ORCID.
ORCID continues our work toward our vision of a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, borders, and time.
We organize our work around four core strategies:RESEARCHERS: Position researchers at the center of everything we do
ORCID supports diverse communities. To ensure ORCID is inclusive, we have been working to redesign our website and just launched our new accessible home page (more to come in 2020). We established a product function at ORCID this year, led by Product Director Tom Demeranville, and we also created a Researcher Services team, led by Catalina Wilmers. We launched our Product Roadmap board, where anyone can check in on what we are working on and what is coming up next. We have developed tools and processes for engaging researchers in user interface co-design - with your ideas incorporated into a number of new features and bug fixes this year. And we have met with many of you in focus groups and in our Academia and Beyond working groups to better understand your needs and desires, including hosting a researcher to participate in our annual staff retreat.TRUSTED ASSERTIONS: Enable a wide range of verified iD-ID connections
We released our latest and greatest API 3.0 this year, with support for more affiliations, research resources, more work types, normalized identifiers, and enhanced source transparency. We’ve worked more on supporting organization identifiers, both in the ORCID Registry and in our awareness work in research communities around the world.INFRASTRUCTURE: Invest in developing a robust information infrastructure
We undergo annual external audits of our financials, led by Sarah Hershberger, Operations Director, and our Audit Committee. We have not yet closed out our books, but it looks like we may be able to declare 2019 our break-even year. Woot! We also undergo an annual external privacy and security audit, this year led by Will Simpson, who in addition to being our Technology Director has assumed the mantle of ORCID Privacy Officer. And if that is not enough in one year, Will and Sarah worked with the Audit Committee to create a risk register for the organization, which we are using to prioritize actions for the coming year. The Board completed a self-assessment this year, and a thorough review of ORCID governance policies has resulted in creation of a Board Charter and clarifying updates to our bylaws.STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS: Develop sustainability through strategic relationships
ORCID awareness and adoption really took off among funders in 2019. The ORBIT project finalized its findings and recommendations for use of ORCID by funders, and a number of key funders announced policies or workflow integrations, including the US National Institutes of Health and the Australian Research Council. We’ve continued our work in other communities, including a number of presentations at events focused on research administration and evaluation, and direct engagement with publishers in our Peer Review and Publishing working groups.
‘Tis the season to not only reflect, but also to give thanks. I would like to use this opportunity to thank Josh Brown, Matt Buys, and Alice Meadows for their amazing dedication to ORCID and to wish them well in their new adventures. I welcome Ivo Wijnbergen as our new Director of Engagement and Julie Petro as our new Director of Communications. I thank the ORCID team for their ongoing engagement in our work to be a values-driven organization. And I thank the team for moving us all forward to an ever-better understanding of what it means to collaborate - in person, communing with persistence (this year, at the Grand Canyon - look at that blue blue sky!) and in virtual office-land, where we just hosted our first-ever end-of-year closer-to-carbon-neutral (and still fun!) virtual-office party.
Left to Right: Leo Mendoza, Tom Demeranville, Andrej Romanov, Ana Heredia, Brian Minihan, Laure Haak, Estelle Cheng, Ana Patricia Cardoso, Gabriela Mejias, Emilia Kutrovska, Nabil Ksibi, Padma Gopinath, Ivo Wijnbergen, Stephanie Harley, Sarah Hershberger, Bernette Sherman, George Nash, Eric Olson, Julie Petro, Rob Blackburn, Pedro Costa, Liz Krznarich, Julie Balter, Paula Demain, Mitra Najafi-Gheidari, Catalina Wilmers, Mallory Robertson, Shawna Sadler, Will Simpson, Angel Montenegro, and Camillia Lu (not pictured).
ORCID is all about people, and I thank each and every member of our team and our diverse communities for including ORCID in your lives. I look forward to continued global-scale collaboration to develop trust for open information sharing in the coming year.
中国科学院高能物理研究所于2014年11月与ORCID签约，正式成为其会员，由所文献信息部负责相关事务。2015年1月，通过批量注册形式，为全所千余名科研人员获取ORCID iD，邀请成员启动帐号并授权，以实现文献资讯部为其发布资讯、收割资料等功能。 2018年6月开始陆续为授权科研人员上传SCI文章12000余篇，并透过程序将科研人员文章推送到其ORCID纪录。
2015年1月，通过批量注册形式，为全所千余名科研人员获取ORCID iD，邀请成员启动帐号并授权，以实现文献资讯部为其发布资讯、收割资料等功能。 2018年6月开始陆续为授权科研人员上传SCI文章12000余篇，并透过程序将科研人员文章推送到其ORCID纪录。
除了鼓励本所科研人员注册ORCID iD并授权，同时文献信息部也积极倡议请科研人员于研究流程中关联ORCID iD到各相关信息系统。例如身为高能物理文献库inSPIRE核心成员，关联ORCID iD至inSPIRE作者履历，具象化ORCID iD效用。未来期能透过ORCID更有效追踪研究人员发表成果，同时与ORCID合作发展更精致的宣导活动。
（ThuRID,Tsinghua University Researcher ID），提供学者唯一标识并关联ORCID iD进行数据共享。前期积极发展布署ThuRID，而近期开始测试ThuRID和ORCID对接。
ORCID in China
This post was jointly authored by Channing Chai from Social Science Academic Press, Ruirong Liu from Institute of High Energy Physics, Jiao Li from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and TsingHua University LibraryORCID in China now
In September 2019, ORCID and Social Science Academic Press (SSAP) hosted a workshop in Beijing tailored for publishers, librarians, research managers, research institutions, funders, and associations. We were glad to have this opportunity to engage with communities in China. As an open, not-for-profit organization, ORCID is a community effort - both membership and community support have allowed ORCID to flourish. In this blog post, we will share more about ORCID members from mainland China.Users
Since January 2019, China accounts for the second largest source of traffic to the ORCID Registry (with the U.S. being the largest). About two-thirds are new users and one-third are returning users. This distributional pattern indicates that not only do we have a steady stream of new users to the ORCID Registry, but many existing users regularly return.Members and Integrations
As of November 2019, ORCID has four members in mainland China, each representing various workflows in the research ecosystem that ORCID serves: Publishing, Research Institutes, [SECTOR NAME for CAAS AII], and Research Funding. Read on to learn more about their integrations and how ORCID has been adopted by each.Publishing: Social Science and Academic Press (China) (SSAP)
SSAP was the first publisher from China to sign the ORCID Publisher open letter. Their platform SSAPID integrates with ORCID to provide author disambiguation and literature management in Humanities and Social Sciences. Now researchers using SSAP’s publishing platform can link their SSAPID to their ORCID record to ensure their ORCID record is updated with their works and funding information from SSAP in a timely, accurate way.
SSAP President and ORCID Board member Shouguang Xie said “ORCID provides a unique researcher identifier, which is widely supported in the global research and publishing community. Moreover, it has been adopted by many countries under national grants. ORCID now has become a part of research infrastructure. It has been many years since SSAP put researcher identification as well as connecting research outputs. As of now, we had some great results. Supporting and adopting ORCID iDs is part of our initiative to promote academic development as a publisher.”Research Institute: The Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP), Chinese Academy of Sciences
IHEP joined ORCID as a member in November 2014 with the Library and Information Services working closely with ORCID. IHEP invited more than 1000 affiliated researchers to connect their iD to the IHEP platform in 2015, and through these connections has shared over 10,000 work items with these researchers through their ORCID record. In June 2018 they started to push about 12,000 works (included in Science Citation Index (SCI)) to their researchers’ ORCID records.
In addition to authentication, the IHEP Library and Information Services encouraged their researchers to authenticate ORCID iD in any research workflow that supports ORCID. For instance, as a core member of inSPIRE, IHEP promotes connecting ORCID iD into authors’ inSPIRE profile and it magnifies the benefits of ORCID iD. In the future, IHEP expressed their anticipation for using ORCID iD to track research outputs affiliated with IHEP more effectively, and develop some communication campaigns with ORCID for their researchers.
Research Institute: Agricultural Information Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS AII)
In 2017, CAAS AII joined as an ORCID member and started integrating ORCID into their platform eScientist, which supports agricultural science researchers to both manage and present their research outputs.
Ever since joining ORCID, CAAS AII has sought to continually improve their API and Registry which has benefitted the development of eScientist. ORCID regularly supports and offers suggestions for eScientist.
As of now, eScientist has collected authentication from researchers of 77 different research institutes, and offers support for their academicians in maintaining their eScientist profiles.
University Library: TsingHua University Library
TsingHua University joined as an ORCID member in October 2015 and are currently integrating ORCID into their Tsinghua University Researcher ID (ThuRID). The integration will provide researcher disambiguation and connect ThuRID with ORCID.
In the process of testing their ORCID integrations they discovered ORCID API documentation on sandbox or workflows are all in English. To benefit the Chinese community, they compiled a supporting manual in Chinese to bring more transparency on ORCID implementations.Next Steps
ORCID relies on community and member support. Since 2014, it has been our pleasure to work with our members in China to fulfill our mission and vision. We look forward to continuing our work with them!Blog
In this blog post, Rosalina Vázquez Tapia, Director of the Virtual University Library at the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi (UASLP) shares with us their experience integrating with ORCID. We learn why they joined ORCID, their priorities for their integration, how they got the word out to their community, including training workshops for researchers. You'll also see what impacts they've had so far and where they are going from here. One of the most interesting things about this exemplar is how they saw this project from the lens of adding value to their researchers.
1) Please can you tell us your name and your position at Universidad Autónoma de San Luís Potosí (UASLP)
Rosalina Vázquez Tapia. Director of the Virtual University Library of the UASLP
2) Thinking back to a year or so before UASLP joined ORCID, what were the main reasons for you becoming a member?
First, since using ORCID iDs was already considered a project from the National Repository of CONACYT (National Council of Science and Technology) and by LA Referencia (Latin American Network of Institutional Repositories of Scientific Publications); in which we participate, we also considered them as an option for assigning persistent digital identifiers to authors of scientific publications deposited in our institutional repositories, OJS (Open Journal System) or CRIS (Current Research Information System) platforms. Additionally, we knew that some of the main refereed journals in which the UASLP researchers publish were already linked to ORCID and even some of them established it as a publication requirement.
Second, we evaluated the technical advantages that the implementation of the Institutional API of ORCID could offer us for a project that we started towards the end of 2016 with funding from CONACYT. This project consisted of developing a CRIS System under its own model, using open technologies, international standards and different external sources of information, including the ORCID iD for researchers.
3) What were your top priorities once you’d joined ORCID, what did you want to achieve first and why?
Mainly there were three:
- Implement the member API to obtain the authorization of the researchers to read and write in their ORCID records and push the affiliation to link all their work to the UASLP. This implementation consisted of creating an authentication page by LDAP to the Institution’s active employee directory and from there, through the ORCID API the researcher is requested to create and / or authenticate his registry.
- Organize dissemination and training activities in two ways: 1) locally to UASLP teachers with the support of representatives of ORCID, and 2) presenting the project in webinars and workshops hosted by ORCID. In this sense we organized the first workshops at the UASLP in October 2017 given by Ana Heredia and Ana Cardoso, and I presented the project at the COLMEX Workshop (Mexico 2017). We participated in another webinar in 2018, in a workshop in Peru in 2018, webinar UASLP 2019 and finally UASLP participated in another webinar hosted by CUDI in 2019.
- Obtain Collect and Connect certification badges. It was one of our goals that we reached in October 2018. We considered it a priority because it would give our implementation greater support and visibility due to the fact that it was recognized and certified by ORCID. For this, we created a micro site within the BVU site, with all the information about the advantages of ORCID, access to the application for the authentication of researchers through the Institutional API, and training materials and activities.
4) What kind of outreach, communication, and education did you do for users at your organization before, during, and after launching ORCID?
We have carried out three types of training and dissemination activities:
- Executive presentations addressed to directors of schools, faculty, and research institutes. In these we demonstrated how to create and / or authenticate their ORCID iD and how we can work from there, push the affiliation and its publications.
- Training workshops aimed at researchers. To do this, we created the Virtual Open Science Classroom in our educational platform TZALOA (Moodle) where we designed an online course on the authentication and filling of the ORCID iD register and published the training materials and presentations.
- Organization of Webinars and participation in ORCID workshops, to continue promoting the project.
5) What impact has your ORCID integration had internally?
So far it has been good because the vast majority of the teachers to whom we have presented the project have had a good response. However, we still need researchers to link their ORCID iD. We also have to conclude the integration with the CRIS System, the ORBIS (VIVO) platform and the NINIVE Institutional Repository (Dspace), which we believe we can conclude in the first months of 2020.
6) What are your plans with ORCID for the future? How would you like to expand on your current successes?
In the short term, to conclude our integration in order to show researchers that by giving authorization to UASLP and other publishers as trusted organizations, it will allow them to automatically fill in their ORCID records and we will also be able to download their data to our CRIS system, publish them on the portal ORBIS (LIVE) and deposit them (if the publication allows immediate open access) in NINIVE. In this way, our goal is to ensure that at least 80% of researchers have been authenticated during the first four months of 2020.
In the medium term, present the results of our integration in national and international academic events, including those organized by ORCID, and continue with the dissemination and training of teachers and postgraduate students.
In the long term, have a more active role as an ORCID member, participating in their research projects and/or working groups.
7) What do you think would be valuable for other members to know about integrating with ORCID
That they see the added value that they can offer to their researchers in their academic communities, to validate their affiliation, automatically update their ORCID records and synchronize them with their institutional systems or platform.
8) In a couple of sentences, what’s your best advice for other ORCID members about your experience integrating with ORCID?
To have a project plan and a very clear objective of why they need to join ORCID, so that they do not waste time and achieve the results that have been proposed in the short term.
Make the most of the technical and human support offered by ORCID representatives, not only the tools they provide, but the willingness they have to answer questions and support training activities.
9) Lastly, what’s one thing everyone should know about UASLP integration with ORCID?
That it is a very particular integration, because it not only focuses on one platform but also on multiple platforms (CRIS, VIVO, Dspace, OJS) that are part of an open science ecosystem that we are building in the UASLP, in which we intend that from different sources of information, both internal and external, the different systems can be fed and the information kept in sync with the researchers' ORCID records. By achieving this, we will give greater visibility to the Institution's scientific production and a greater academic impact to its researchers.
Entrevista con Rosalina Vázquez, UASLP
1) ¿Puede decirnos su nombre y su puesto dentro de la Universidad Autónoma de San Luís Potosí (UASLP)
Rosalina Vázquez Tapia. Directora de la Biblioteca Virtual Universitaria de la UASLP
2) Pensando en más o menos un año antes de que la UASLP se convirtiera en miembro de ORCID, ¿cuáles fueron las razones principales por las que pensaron en ser miembros?
Primero, porque el ORCID ID ya era considerado por el Repositorio Nacional de CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología) y por LA Referencia (Red Latinoamericana de Repositorios Institucionales de Publicaciones Científicas), proyectos en los que participamos de manera institucional, como una de las opciones para asignar identificadores digitales persistentes a los autores de publicaciones científicas depositadas en los repositorios institucionales, plataformas OJS (Open Journal System) o Sistemas CRIS (Current Research Information System). Adicionalmente, sabíamos que algunas de las principales revistas arbitradas en las que publican los investigadores de la UASLP, ya estaban vinculadas a ORCID e inclusive algunas de ellas, lo establecían como un requisito de publicación.
Segundo, evaluamos las ventajas técnicas que podría ofrecernos la implementación de la API Institucional de ORCID para un proyecto que iniciamos hacia finales del 2016 con financiamiento de CONACYT, que consistía en desarrollar un Sistema CRIS bajo un modelo propio, utilizando tecnologías abiertas, estándares internacionales y diferentes fuentes de información externas, entre ellas, los registros ORCID iD de los investigadores.
3) ¿Cuáles fueron sus principales prioridades una vez que se unieron a la comunidad ORCID, qué querían lograr primero y por qué?
Principalmente fueron tres:
- Implementar la API de miembro, para obtener la autorización de los investigadores para leer y escribir en sus registros ORCID y empujar la afiliación para vincular todos sus trabajos a la UASLP. Esta implementación consistió en crear una página de autenticación por LDAP al Directorio activo de empleados de la Institución y a partir de ahí, a través de la API de ORCID se solicita al investigador la creación y/o autenticación de su registro.
- Organizar actividades de difusión y capacitación en dos sentidos, 1) de manera local a los profesores de la UASLP con el apoyo de representantes de ORCID y 2) presentando el proyecto en Webinars y Workshops organizados por ORCID. En este sentido organizamos los primeros talleres en la UASLP en octubre de 2017 impartidos por Ana Heredia y Ana Cardoso, y presenté el proyecto en el Workshop COLMEX México 2017, Webinar 2018, Workshop Perú 2018, Webinar UASLP 2019 y Webinar CUDI-UASLP 2019.
- Obtener la certificación de la implementación del programa Collect & Connect. Fue una de nuestras metas que alcanzamos en octubre de 2018. Lo consideramos prioritario pues le daría mayor soporte y visibilidad a nuestra implementación el hecho de que fuera reconocida y certificada por ORCID. Para ello, creamos un micro sitio dentro del sitio de la BVU, con toda la información a cerca de las ventajas de ORCID, el acceso a la aplicación para la autenticación de los investigadores a través de la API Institucional y los materiales y actividades de capacitación.
4) ¿Qué tipo de divulgación, comunicación y entrenamiento se hizo para los usuarios de su organización antes, durante y después de lanzar ORCID?
Hemos llevado a cabo tres tipos de actividades de capacitación y difusión:
- Presentaciones ejecutivas dirigidas a directores de escuelas, facultades e institutos de investigación, en las cuales les mostramos como crear y/o autenticar su ORCID iD y cómo podemos a partir de ahí, empujar la afiliación y sus publicaciones.
- Talleres de capacitación dirigidos a los investigadores. Para ello, creamos el Aula Virtual de Ciencia Abierta en nuestra plataforma educativa TZALOA (Moodle) en donde diseñamos un curso en línea sobre la autenticación y llenado del registro ORCID y publicamos los materiales de capacitación y presentaciones.
- Organización de Webinars y participación en Workshops de ORCID, para continuar promoviendo el proyecto.
5) ¿Qué impacto ha tenido su integración con ORCID internamente?
Hasta el momento ha sido bueno porque la gran mayoría de los profesores a quienes les hemos presentado el proyecto, han tenido buena respuesta; sin embargo, aún nos faltan investigadores por vincular su ORCID. También tenemos que concluir la integración con el Sistema CRIS, la plataforma ORBIS (VIVO) y el Repositorio Institucional NINIVE (Dspace), que estimamos poder concluir en los primeros meses del 2020.
6) ¿Cuáles son sus planes con ORCID para el futuro? ¿Cómo le gustaría ampliar sus éxitos actuales?
A corto plazo, concluir nuestra integración para poder mostrarles a los investigadores que al darle la autorización a la UASLP y a otros editores como organizaciones de confianza, les permitirá llenar automáticamente sus registros ORCID y a nosotros, descargarlos a nuestro sistema CRIS, publicarlos en el portal ORBIS (VIVO) y depositarlos (si la publicación permite el acceso abierto inmediato) en NINIVE. De esta forma, nuestra meta es lograr que durante el primer cuatrimestre del 2020 se hayan autentificado al menos el 80 % de los investigadores.
A mediano plazo, presentar los resultados de nuestra integración en eventos académicos nacionales e internacionales, incluyendo en los organizados por ORCID, y continuar con la difusión y capacitación a los profesores y alumnos de posgrado.
A largo plazo, tener un papel más activo como miembro de ORCID, participando en sus proyectos de investigación o grupos de trabajo.
7) ¿Qué crees que sería valioso para otros miembros saber sobre integrarse con ORCID?
Que vean el valor agregado que pueden ofrecerle a los investigadores de sus comunidades académicas, para validar su afiliación, actualizar de manera automática sus registros ORCID y sincronizarlos con sus sistemas o plataformas institucionales.
8) En un par de oraciones, ¿cuál es su mejor consejo para otros miembros (y no miembros) de ORCID sobre su experiencia al integrarse con ORCID?
Tener un proyecto y un objetivo muy claro del por que o para que requieren afiliarse a ORCID, para que no pierdan tiempo y logren los resultados que se han propuesto a corto plazo.
Aprovechar al máximo el soporte técnico y humano que ofrecen los representantes de ORCID, no solo las herramientas que proveen, sino la disposición que tienen para resolver dudas y apoyar en actividades de capacitación.
9) Por último, ¿qué es lo que todos deberían saber sobre la integración de UASLP con ORCID?
Que es una integración muy particular, porque no sólo se enfoca a una plataforma sino a múltiples plataformas (CRIS, VIVO, Dspace, OJS) que forman parte de un ecosistema de ciencia abierta que estamos construyendo en la UASLP, en el cual pretendemos que a partir de diferentes fuentes de información tanto internas como externas, se puedan alimentar los diferentes sistemas y mantener la información sincronizada con los registros ORCID de los investigadores. Al lograrlo, le daremos una mayor visibilidad a la producción científica de la Institución y un mayor impacto académico a sus investigadores.Blog
- On the main stage — three amazing keynotes: Maria Fernanda Rollo (NOVA FSCH), Beth Plale (NSF), and Kathryn Kaiser (University of Alabama, Birmingham). Plus a surprise local guest to help celebrate the start of the event!
- Throughout the event — more than 35 fast-paced sessions on a wide range of PID themes, from Achieving Persistence through Sustainability to PID Success Stories, and beyond
- Five PID party sessions — 30-60 minutes of PID fun and games galore, led by the likes of ORCID, NISO, and TIB Hanover
- Our first-ever lightning talks — make sure you sign up on day 1 for your slot in this new one-hour session of rapid-fire, five-minute talks on the PID topic of your choice
- Not one, but two unmissable social events — a pay-your-own-way pre-meeting get-together at the TimeOut Market Lisbon on January 28, and the official PIDapalooza reception at 5:30pm on January 29 (venue to be announced soon).
- Plus all the usual fun you’ve come to expect from your favorite PID festival — the lighting of the eternal flame, your very own PIDapalooza T-shirt, the pub quiz, the wrap-up session, and more!
Whether you’ll be attending PIDapalooza for the first or the fourth time — or if you’ve never attended — we’d also love to hear your thoughts about the event, so please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. We’ll share the results at PIDapalooza 2020, and on our blogs.
Thanks — and see you in January!
Your friendly neighborhood Planning Committee
Ana Afonso (FCT), Helena Cousijn (DataCite), Maria Gould (CDL), Stephanie Harley (ORCID), Ginny Hendricks and Maria Sullivan (Crossref)Blog
- The sixth edition of the leading standard for Open Access repositories and journals in Germany was published in early October with the "DINI Certificate for Open Access Publication Services 2019". Four recommendations for implementing ORCID were added to the certificate, continuing the project’s activities in the field of standardization as outlined in the "DINI Position Paper: Author Identification using the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)", published last year.
- Another ORCID DE workshop was held at the beginning of October as part of the Open-Access-Tage 2019 in Hanover. ORCID Inc. and representatives of the ORCID consortia in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland contributed to this international discussion. The results of a short survey conducted in June by the ORCID Germany Consortium were also presented as a poster at the Open-Access-Tage. This poll of our 50 consortium members focused, among other things, on the target infrastructures and software solutions in which ORCID is to be implemented.
- Since July 2019 it has been possible to link ORCID with the Integrated Authority File (GND) via the "ORCID Search & Link Wizard". The German National Library, as an ORCID DE project partner, has successfully interlinked authors and their publications in the German National Bibliography with the GND and ORCID iD. Since 2017 it has also been possible for authors to claim their works in the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) using the "ORCID Search & Link Wizard". In September 2019, we celebrated more than 100,000 works claimed in BASE - a decisive contribution to the dissemination and acceptance of ORCID iD in Germany.
In addition to reaching these milestones, the success of the ORCID DE project can also be seen through these metrics:
- As of October 2019, there are 157,381 ORCID iDs with a .de e-mail address or the country set to Germany, compared with 43,798 ORCID iDs at the beginning of the project in April 2016.
- The ORCID Germany Consortium now has 54 members, including universities, non-university research institutions and research funders, compared with just one in May 2016. The majority of these institutions have either already implemented ORCID or are in the process of doing so.
Through the launch of the ORCID Germany Consortium and the achievement of these project milestones, the ORCID DE project has made a significant contribution to the establishment and growth of the ORCID community in Germany. To ensure that this young and rapidly growing community can continue to develop steadily, we have applied for a second phase of project funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG). If approved, ORCID DE2 will investigate the use of organizational identifiers as well as further optimizing the services that have been set up so far and ensuring that the ORCID Germany Consortium is sustainable.
The ORCID DE project’s achievements so far confirm the success of Germany’s project-supported dissemination of ORCID iD. This approach will be pursued further in order to anchor ORCID sustainably in the overall German research landscape.
by Julie Balter
On behalf of the ORCID Board and staff, thank you to everyone who submitted nominations and participated in the elections process, especially the members of our Nominating Committee. Please join us in welcoming our new and returning Board members:
- Yuko Harayama (researcher member), Tohoku University, Japan
- Daniel Hook (second term), Digital Science, UK
- Linda O’Brien (second term), Griffith University, Australia
- Andrew Preston, Clarivate Analytics, UK
- Katharina Ruckstuhl, Royal Society Te Apārangi, New Zealand
ORCID holds Board member elections every year, following an open recommendation and nominations process. ORCID Board members serve for three years; each year about a third of the Board seats are up for election. The Nominating Committee was chaired this year by ORCID Board Member Alison Mitchell. The committee reviewed 15 applications.
The committee must balance a number of objectives when developing the slate. Their overarching aim was to recommend candidates who are driven by the ORCID mission and are able to contribute to ORCID’s development through their personal and organizational knowledge and networks of influence. Diversity is also an important factor - in terms of skills, geographic location, organizational representation, and gender - and the committee must also ensure that the Board, as per our bylaws, remains majority non-profit.
The Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates was reviewed by the Board at its September 2019 meeting, announced in this blog post by Alison Mitchell, and sent directly to ORCID members via our newsletter and an email to all voting contacts in member organizations.
We also held regional Town Hall meetings after the slate was announced for members in the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East & Africa, to provide an overview of the process, share information about the slate, and answer questions.
Of the 959 members eligible to vote in the 2020 Board elections, 293 (30.6%) cast votes, above the 10% participation threshold needed for the election to be valid. Of those members casting ballots, 277 (94.5%) voted in favor of the slate, 12 (4.1%) abstained, and 4 (1.4%) voted against the ballot. The election results were certified at 13:07 GMT on 22 November 2019.
- Call for Nominations for the ORCID Board in 2020
- Last Call for 2020 ORCID Board Recommendations
- Announcing the ORCID Board Slate for 2020
In 2016, when I nominated myself as researcher member to serve on the ORCID Board of Directors, I really had no idea of the rapid pace of ORCID’s development I would witness. Now, as we near the end of 2019, it is nearing the end of my three-year term on the ORCID Board.
A few years prior to 2016, I had volunteered to become an ORCID Ambassador, as part of a support network that was active from 2013 to 2017. At the time, I was based in Beijing, China, where I was a senior academic at Peking University. I was also deeply engaged in a scientific publishing context as deputy editor of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.
In both roles, I had encountered the relative homogeneity of Chinese surnames, which in turn made it difficult at times to find specific researchers. This naturally led me to embrace the key ORCID objective of name disambiguation and so, when the opportunity arose, I was keen to support ORCID’s development, adoption, and integration from a more impactful perspective.
I’m stating the obvious when I say that the transition from active engagement to a more abstract leadership role on the ORCID Board was daunting. I was pretty much thrown in at the deep end, with an expectation that I would be able to contribute from the get-go to high-level discussions involving publishing industry, library, research funder, and repository representatives.
As a senior academic, I am not easily fazed by having to acquire new skills or knowledge, but this learning curve was really quite steep. Other new Board members have since expressed similar sentiments, so we have now established a mentoring scheme for incoming colleagues. Over the course of the past three years, I have witnessed rapid developments in the governance of both the organization as a whole and the Board in particular. From a start-up still finding its niche in the complex research ecosystem, ORCID has now become a mature organization with ambitions to match.
Despite my rookie status, I was invited to chair the important Board Nominations Committee that first year—an induction of sorts. One achievement I am particularly proud of is that my suggestion to add a second researcher member to the ORCID Board was adopted without any serious objections. I felt strongly that, while I could speak to attitudes and developments in the physical and natural sciences, extending my role to represent the arts and humanities was not viable. As an immediate result, we appointed current Board member Karin Wulf to fill the gap. I believe that her active engagement and leadership have already been immensely beneficial to the ORCID mission.
Yet, despite my immersion into high-level policy discussions, I continued to have a hard time coming to grips what ORCID could really do for me as a researcher. That lingering confusion changed fairly abruptly in early 2018, after I took up a more senior academic and Faculty leadership role at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
My new employer turned out to be very keen to make an impact in the international research landscape. As part of the induction process, I was encouraged to link my research output to my ORCID and Scopus IDs, including recording my new affiliation. The University’s research support team proactively added my new affiliation to my ORCID and PURE research management pages as well.
Ostensibly, this makes it easier for our administrators to keep track of research outputs, grants, and the like, but any significant benefits for the researcher of going through these motions still escaped me. However, my indifference changed to excitement when I applied for my first research grant using the Australian Research Council’s web-based research management system at the beginning of this year.
The ARC had introduced a new feature that made my life as a grant applicant much simpler: instead of manually copying and pasting my bibliography into the relevant boxes, I could now pull my research outputs directly into the system by linking to the ORCID repository. Needless to say, this development saved me—and many other researchers nationwide—a significant amount of time, despite a number of lingering inconsistencies that have since been ironed out. Imagine having to copy and paste up to 100 articles one by one…! Whether or not it helped me write a better proposal is yet to be seen; the outcomes of this year’s applications for ‘Discovery Projects’ are still pending at the time of writing.
ORCID has now clearly reached a stage where it’s getting useful to me in my professional life. I hope that my suggestions and input into the Board’s large variety of discussions have contributed to an improved overall experience for all stakeholders. I have, for sure, gained a lot of respect for the dedication, drive, insights, and great personalities of my fellow Board members and of the hard-working ORCID staff alike. It’s time for me to move on, but I hope to remain involved somehow in ORCID’s further development and to keep in touch with the many friends I have made during my stint as ORCID Board member.
Thank you for your guidance, insights, and friendship!Related information
When I joined ORCID back in May 2015, I had no idea what an amazing community I was becoming a part of. Four and a half years later, as I look forward to my next adventure in the wonderful world of information infrastructure — in my new role as Director of Community Engagement for NISO, starting on November 11 — I know for sure that ORCID really is all about the people.
First, of course, are the millions of individuals who have now registered an ORCID iD. Our users are at the heart of everything ORCID does, especially in this, our Year of the Researcher, and the growth in the number of registrants — and in your use of ORCID — has been nothing short of incredible. Shortly after I joined ORCID, we celebrated our 1.5 millionth registrant; today there are 7.3 million of you and counting, an almost five-fold increase. And the number of connections to ORCID records is growing apace; for example, there are now over 46 million works connected to ORCID records. While I clearly can’t possibly know all our users personally, I do feel that I’ve got to know a lot about you, thanks to your participation in the regular community surveys we’ve implemented since I joined ORCID, and your engagement with us on Twitter, where we now have close to 30k followers. I’ve loved working with our community to refine our messaging and create outreach resources that help you, our all-important users, better understand the why, what, and how of ORCID!
Our members and consortia are equally important, and I’ve been lucky to meet many of you, virtually and/or in person at various meetings and events I’ve attended around the world over the past few years. Your support for the organization, via both your membership fees and your outreach efforts and integrations, is essential for ensuring ORCID’s future sustainability. And your willingness to share your experiences — with us, with other ORCID members and consortia lead organizations, and with the wider community — and to learn from them, is a great demonstration of our global ORCID community of practice. Thank you!
Now for the hard part — the many wonderful people I’ve been lucky enough to work with directly during my time here. There are too many of you to name everyone individually, and I am SO grateful to each and every one of you. I’ve learned so much — from my ORCID colleagues, from our Board members, and from the many dedicated individuals who have shared your time and expertise so generously in ORCID community events and initiatives over the past few years. Your willingness to participate — by joining our working groups and task forces, commenting on our recommendations, sharing your ideas and feedback, and so much more — has been a real inspiration.
I do want to take this opportunity to call out a few people whose support — and friendship — I have especially appreciated during my time here: the lovely ORCID Community team (who I worked with from 2016 through last September) for always giving it your all; my fabulous fellow Directors (past and present) for being there with and for me, through thick and thin; and my wonderful counterparts in the Crossref/DataCite/ORCID gang of three.
Leaving ORCID is bittersweet. As I hope you can tell, I love our community and I’ll miss working here enormously. But I’m not going far — ORCID is a NISO member and partner! — and I’m already looking forward to seeing many of you at Crossref LIVE19 in Amsterdam and/or at PIDapalooza 2020 in Lisbon, not to mention at the first ever NISO Plus meeting in Baltimore, MD!
And (in the ORCID team's native languages) see you soon! اراك قريبا, ще се видим скоро, 再见, tot ziens, à bientôt, bis bald, hamarosan találkozunk, また近いうちにお会いしましょう, greitai pasimatysime, te vejo em breve,
A year before CSIRO joined ORCID we were a partner with Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) (then known as the Australian National Data Service -- ANDS). ARDC was a driving force behind the formation of the Australian ORCID Consortium. We were hearing from our researchers that publishers were asking authors to provide their ORCID iD, so those researchers wanted more information about ORCID. They were also requesting a single place where all their career outputs could be captured, as no internal system could manage this.Helping Our Researchers
We knew that, once we joined ORCID, we wanted to start working on solving issues that were important to our researchers -- their priorities were our priorities. We wanted to help promote their work, raise their visibility, and enable automated sharing of their content. Additional priorities were name disambiguation, tracking alumni, providing consistency in how CSIRO was represented in ORCID records, and supporting our researchers’ need to consolidate the broadest body of their works in a single location, their ORCID record.Integration - A Team Effort
Developing our custom integration involved many different teams within CSIRO -- Library, IT Applications, Web Services and Research Data Support -- and impacted multiple systems. The integration used existing services to harvest from and feed into CSIRO’s HR system, where ORCID iDs and access tokens are stored, and to extract content from CSIRO’s companion repositories, the Research Publications Repository (RPR) and Data Access Portal (DAP). These services were expanded to capture ORCID iDs and display the ORCID icon alongside author/contributor names in those repositories. In addition, our researchers’ external and internal profile pages also include their ORCID iDs, as well as linking to the ORCID login to kick off the connect process when a researcher updates their profile.
Integrating with ORCID has also improved the quality of content in our repository by removing some duplicates, and we’ve seen Increased accessibility and visibility of CSIRO outputs.
While we can now see the benefits of the integration, it wasn’t without its challenges. CSIRO has around 5100 staff working across most science disciplines, distributed across 55 sites, and with a diverse range of communication channels. A single launch would not reach the widest possible audience. So it was an integration and launch that took collaboration and planning, however, we knew what we wanted to achieve and why, which helped.Launch and Promotion of ORCID Integration
Successfully integrating and launching ORCID required dedication, determination and, admittedly, a fair amount of hair-pulling. We took an agile approach, with regular meetings of the cross-team partners, and testing and re-testing the integration in the sandbox, which provided a good outcome on the technical side, On the cultural/communications side, there was a staged launch, with events held on all our major sites, and some of the smaller sites. CSIRO’s Executive Sponsor participated in a video, which was released on launch, and is still available on the ORCID@CSIRO support page.
The launch itself required a coordinated effort across multiple sites too. Hands-on help with signing up for ORCID worked well, and we also used the following tools before and during the launch:
- Video featuring CSIRO’s Executive Sponsor on our intranet network
- Posters and handouts
- A slidedeck for building anticipation
- A roadshow at multiple CSIRO locations
- Swag! ORCID @ CSIRO branded objects, such as a mobile phone charger, pens, and cupcakes and cookies at an event
- Internal wiki content and intranet news updates, such as the dashboard (last image below) showing ORCID registrations via CSIRO by department
Since our integration launched in February 2019, over 1,100 of 8,500 total employees have registered -- not all of whom are researchers -- with continued steady growth. Support for ORCID is shared between individual CSIRO units and our Library outreach staff.
Our advice for other members is to meet with another organization that already integrated ORCID. For us, meeting with the University of Adelaide was beneficial to both our development and roll out phases. And, despite the challenges, all things considered, integrating with ORCID was easy.
Below are some of the outreach resources and materials used to promote ORCID with researchers.
Openness is a key ORCID value, and to follow that principle and celebrate Open Access Week, each year we release our annual public data file. The 2019 file, which is now available, contains a snapshot of all ORCID record data that researchers had marked public in the ORCID Registry at the time that the file was created on October 1, 2019. Our public data file is published under a CC0 waiver and is free for everyone to use — at the time of writing, last year’s file had been viewed over 5,000 times and downloaded more than 3,200 times.
As 2019 is ORCID’s year of the researcher, this time we are happy to share with you two examples of researchers who are using our public data file data for their research.
Dario Rodighiero (Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, Faculty of Comparative Media Studies/Writing)
The Worldwide Map of Research is a project that analyzes the research community in terms of relationships and individual trajectories. It relies on the ORCID public data file — a good example of how a non-profit organization can support making research open and accessible to everyone — and also my way off supporting the ORCID initiative. The project originates from my PhD thesis that illustrates a visual method to represent a faculty of EPFL. Thanks to the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation, my research has now expanded in scale, moving from individual faculty members to analyze world institutions and universities. My interdisciplinary approach allows me to explore the ORCID dataset from two perspectives. The first is purely visual and focuses on the way in which individuals and institutions can be properly and fairly represented using graphic design. The second is about the processing of data, using recent developments in Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence to extract meaningful information. The intersection of these two perspectives enables a new way of doing research by reflecting on computation, visualization, and interpretation of data at the same time. This specific project focuses on three simple steps: 1) the study of the collaborations between institutions (see figure below), 2) the analysis of the individual trajectories of scholars through institutes over time, and 3) the creation of a recommendation system based on collected and generated data. I’m grateful to my supervisor Kurt Fendt, MIT and my colleagues, Ringgold for allowing me to use their database, the Harvard MetaLab for their intellectual support, Mauro Martino (IBM) and Paolo Ciuccarelli (Northeastern University) for their advice, and Abram Turner (MIT) for the help provided during his internship.
Robert Eyre (PhD Candidate at the University of Bristol, Department of Engineering Mathematics)
Of all possible career paths, academic researchers have perhaps the most opportunity to travel and migrate internationally as they form new collaboration links and relationships. To study their migrations, academics’ research outputs can be examined to form a trajectory of affiliations over time. However, this can be difficult when researchers share the same name, a common problem in migration studies that use bibliometric data. To combat this we can extract the CVs of millions of researchers from the public ORCID public data file. This data set is over 300 times larger than the largest known email-based study on scientific migration, conducted by Franzoni et al. in 2012.
We plan to extend our use of the ORCID public data file, to identify the effect that select events (such as Brexit or the Eurozone crisis) have had on migration in the research community. We are working on a method to avoid irregularities in the data, such as an over-representation of people who recently obtained their PhD and the over- and under- representations of individual countries. This will be achieved by creating randomized reference models for the observed data and by comparing these models to our observed temporal network obtaining p-values for each possible migration decision in each year. These scores will let us identify in which years an abnormal number of migrations has occurred.More about the ORCID public data file
If you are interested in using our public data file, you can download it from the ORCID repository. This year’s file is available in XML format and is further divided into separate files for easier management. One file contains the full record summary for each record. The rest of the data is divided into 11 files which contain the activities for each record including full work data.
If you are planning to or already using the public data file for your research, please let us know, we’d love to hear from you!Blog
This post was jointly authored by Matt Buys, Executive Director of DataCite and former Engagement Director of ORCID, and Paul Farrow, Group Communications Director and Sarah Sabir, Associate Medical Writer, both at Oxford PharmaGenesis
The Open Pharma community is striving to drive fast and transparent medical publishing and is encouraging pharmaceutical research companies to use their influence to achieve this, while ORCID is part of the wider digital infrastructure needed for researchers to share information on a global scale, enabling transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations by providing an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities.
Over the past two years, ORCID and Open Pharma have collaborated to demonstrate the benefits to researchers in pharma companies of registering for and using an ORCID iD.
Together we have identified several potential benefits for researchers employed in the pharma sector if their companies integrate with the ORCID member API, which allows other systems and applications to connect to the ORCID Registry of iDs. These benefits include:
- Faster manuscript submissions to publishers
- Improved reporting of research outputs
- Increased efficiency for external author partners
- Opportunities to streamline disclosure/conflict of interest information
- Open science leadership
Although pharma researchers won’t realize the full benefit of having an ORCID iD if their company has not integrated with ORCID, many of them have already registered for ORCID iDs. An increasing number of pharma researchers now use an iD when submitting manuscripts for publication, since most major publishers request or, in some cases, require them to do so. This allows them to distinguish themselves from other authors -- including those in academia -- who have the same or similar names, and ensures that they are correctly connected with their own publications. It also enables their ORCID record to be automatically updated with the DOI for their article when it is published.
Across the top pharma companies, there has been a steady increase in the total number of ORCID iDs linked with an institutional domain between June 2017 and June 2019. The greatest adoption has been observed by GSK Vaccines, who ran a pilot ORCID project between August and December 2017, highlighting the importance of education on the benefits of ORCID.
Based on a sample of ORCID iD records of individuals who have added an affiliation with one of several selected organisations, we estimate that:
- 89% had shared their ORCID iD with an organization (e.g. publisher, funder, employer) through an ORCID research workflow integration
- 62% had works connected to their record
- 12% had funding information connected to their record
- 2% had peer review activities connected to their record
ORCID and Open Pharma plan to build on these positive trends, to both improve the technical workflow in pharma research management systems and increase awareness among researchers and medical publication professionals working in pharma companies. The next phase of our collaboration will focus on identifying systems within the pharma community that are interested in implementing ORCID's best practice workflows and allowing the synchronization of research information through permission-based authentication.
Educational materials to support the adoption of ORCID within pharma can be found at https://openpharma.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Open-Pharma-ORCID-infographic_GSK-case-study.pdf Look out for more information in future blog posts and, if you are interested in finding out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Openness is a core ORCID value, and one that we encourage our community to share. So we’re delighted to announce that ORCID member KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) recently released their ORCID repository integration code openly for community use -- just in time for this year's Open Access Week! Learn more in this interview with their Preservation and Digital Services Manager, Mohamed Ba-Essa and Digital Repository Lead, Daryl Grenz.
Please tell us about KAUST and your roles there
KAUST is a graduate-level university focused on research into global issues related to food, water, energy, and the environment. It is located by the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia and is home to people from more than 100 different countries. We in the university library have as our mission both to make sure that our researchers have all the global research information they need at their fingertips, but also to help preserve and provide access to the research that they produce while at KAUST.
When, why, and how did KAUST get involved with ORCID?
We became members of ORCID in 2015, both to support what we felt was an important global initiative and to enable students to have the history of the research that they conducted at KAUST linked to their ORCID iD before they moved on in their careers. We became one of the first institutions to set up our DSpace repository to use ORCID iDs and also created a local tool connecting the repository to the ORCID API.
How are you currently using ORCID at KAUST?
We connect faculty and students to their works in our institutional repository using their ORCID iD. For example, students are required to have an ORCID iD when submitting their theses or dissertations. The thesis records then also link to the faculty advisors and committee members using their ORCID iDs. Since last year we have also been registeringminting DataCite DOIs for some items in our repository (ETDs, datasets, and software) and including the author ORCID iDs in the metadata sent to DataCite. We also use ORCID iDs to keep track of new publications by our faculty by querying Crossref based on current faculty ORCID iDs.
Can you tell us more about the code you’ve just released for your repository integration that’s now available for community use?
The code has two parts, the Institutional ORCID Integration (IOI) application and the DSpace expanded-ORCID-support patch. The IOI provides an interface for users from an institution to set up and manage the connection between their ORCID iD and the institution. The DSpace patch then allows their ORCID iD to be added to records in the DSpace repository, and for information about new publications to be sent back through the IOI connection into their ORCID record.
What impact do you hope releasing the code will have?
When we first set up our ORCID integration we were hoping that fuller ORCID support would be built into newer versions of the main DSpace code, but that hasn’t happened yet. So there are quite a few institutions using DSpace who would like to adopt ORCID, but don’t have a straightforward path to do it. This project gives them some technical building blocks that they can arrange in a setup that will work for them. For example, an institution that is not yet an ORCID member could set up the IOI as a way to collect researchers’ iDs and add them to publication records in their DSpace repository, without adding the publication information to ORCID records. The code may even prove useful to institutions that don’t use DSpace, because an institution that is an ORCID member, but doesn’t have a DSpace repository, could still use the IOI application to add institutional employment and education information to their researchers’ ORCID records.
What's your favorite ORCID success story at KAUST?
It has been exciting to see the use of ORCID iDs spread through the scholarly ecosystem. We often are introducing ORCID to students or other researchers and find not only that they already have an ORCID iD, but that they have used it with systems or in ways that we didn’t even know about before.Related posts: Blog
It’s an exciting time at ORCID, and I’m very happy to have joined the team as Senior Communications Manager! At the time of this writing over 7.2 million ORCID iDs have been registered and, according to our recent Community Survey, our users no longer consider us to be a maturing organization. We understand that, as we grow, so does our responsibility to understand and address the needs of our community, and make sure you have easy access to the information you need about ORCID. This includes optimizing the user experience with more intuitive navigation and content layout, improving accessibility, and establishing a process for collecting and responding to your feedback.Prioritizing user needs
My first project - a refresh of the ORCID website - is one of the ways we are addressing this. Website content typically has a 7-10 year life span and orcid.org was launched in 2012, so now is a good time to revisit it.
The ORCID Registry user interface (not included in this project) is built to meet the needs of researchers. However, with the exception of the ORCID blog, our other websites (orcid.org and, in particular, members.orcid.org) are primarily designed to provide individuals at organizations (members and non-members) with the information you need about us. Who we are, what we do, how we do it, and -- most importantly -- why.Faster site, more usable content
Our website refresh will, therefore, include inventorying current content and repurposing/ rewriting/ reorganizing it for maximum usefulness and accessibility. Whether you are a funder, publisher, research institution, consortium, or researcher, we understand your time is limited - and valuable! - so we will strive to ensure you can find and digest information relevant to you in the shortest time possible. This will be an ongoing process and we welcome your feedback to help us along the way (see below for details).
In addition to streamlining the content, we will be working on the user experience (UX) to make finding your way around the site more intuitive. As our UX Designer Mallory Robertson mentioned in her Improving the User Experience: Why, What, How?, you can expect a new homepage design as well as improved page layout and menus, among other changes. In fact, you may have already noticed an update to the menus recently as a first step to making the site easier to navigate.Help us help you: we welcome your ideas!
Our website refresh goals are simple yet ambitious: make it effortless for members to understand the value of ORCID and implement it in your systems and workflows, and for researchers to understand the benefits of having and using an ORCID iD.
We expect to launch the new site in early 2020 and we’d love you to get involved!
- Share your input on what you’d like to see on the new site
- Participate in our usability testing. It’s a simple 10-minute online test that will allow us to measure how well we did in presenting information in a way that makes it easy for users to find what they need on our site.
As ORCID grows in maturity, we are looking at new ways to ensure you can easily find the information you need about our organization. We’re incredibly grateful to have such an engaged community and we look forward to working with you as we develop our updated website presence, and to sharing our progress with you as we approach launch. Stay tuned!Blog
ORCIDのエグゼクティブディレクターであるLaure Haakは、今回ニュースの日本コンソーシアム設立に大変嬉しく感じております。「日本ORCIDコンソーシアムの設立は、研究管理の改善に対する日本の研究部門の共通のコミットメントの強さ増すことができます。 日本コンソーシアムは、研究者間および大学、研究機関間でのデータ共有と研究情報システムの相互運用性の向上に専念していただき、今後日本のORCIDに期待しております。 ORCIDは日本コンソーシアムと一緒にこれらの取り組みに参加することを大変楽しみにしております。
Society to ORCIDは、ORCIDメンバー機関が研究者のORCIDレコードに情報を書き込むためのツールです。現在、5つの大学、研究機関に提供しており、いくつかの機関が導入を検討中です。
Society to ORCIDで実現できることは、
Society to ORCIDのコンセプトは「ORCIDメンバーである利点を活かせるものを低いハードルで提供する」です。そのため、研究者ではなく、ORCIDメンバー機関の方が情報を記載したExcelファイルをアップロードするだけで利用できる大変シンプルな作りになっています。
Society to ORCIDのプロジェクトメンバーは、ORCIDレコードの充実と信頼性の高い情報ソースが大事だと考えています。今後も、研究者の様々な活動に対して、各機関が手間なくORCIDに情報を書き込めるようにお手伝していきたいと思っています。SRA Tohoku
開発当初の DB-Spiral は、研究者自身が直接データを入力することを前提とし、組織内に閉じたシステムでしたが、近年では外部のデータベースとのデータ連携が必要不可欠になってきています。
DB-Spiral の連携対象のひとつである ORCID は、研究者を一意に識別するためのID であるだけでなく、出版社や学会を含んだ包括的な仕組みを提供しているという点で優れていると感じます。特に、論文に DOI が付与されるタイミングで ORCID のマイページに自動的に登録される「Auto Update」の機能と機関側から電子認証・認可を介して書き込んだデータに「Source」が明示される機能は非常にユニークです。
DB-Spiral と ORCID を連携することによって、研究者は自身の業績や経歴を「正しく」「時間をかけずに」組織内のデータベースに取り込むことができるようになりました。このことは、組織内データベースへの登録率の向上と登録データの質を
また、機関が組織内データベースで管理されている人事情報を ORCID に書き込むことにより、自組織に所属している研究者の身元を ORCID 上で保証することができるようになる点は、学会や出版社にとって大きなメリットに繋がります。
今後、日本コンソーシアムの設立に伴って多くの機関が ORCID を認知し、その活用のための取り組みを始めると予想します。当社は確かな開発力を持ったベンダーとして、その活動をサポートしていきたいと考えています。JST
JSTはイノベーションへの貢献を目指し、研究開発に必要とされる科学技術情報の収集・体系化などを行っています。ユーザーの利便性向上のために国内外の関係機関との連携も実施してきましたが、世界でスタンダードとなっているORCIDとの連携も進めてきました。日本の研究者情報するデータベースである「researchmap」や、DOI（Digital Object Identifier）の登録を行う「ジャパンリンクセンター」（JaLC）との連携事例を紹介します。
また、JSTでは国立研究開発法人 物質・材料研究機構 (NIMS)、 大学共同利用機関法人 情報・システム研究機構国立情報学研究所 (NII)、 国立国会図書館 (NDL) と共にJaLCを運営しています。JaLCでは、研究者が自身の業績を管理する際の負担を軽減するために、ORCIDと連携し、ORCID「著作・業績の追加」の「検索とリンク」から、JaLCに登載された論文を容易に検索しORCIDの著作・業績に登録できるようにする予定です。これは2020年4月頃に実現する予定です。その後も、JaLCの会員（JSTが運営する日本の電子ジャーナル出版プラットフォーム：J-STAGE等）と歩調をあわせつつ、 ORCIDとの連携を強化していきたいと考えています。
日本のコンソーシアムに関わった人々の特徴として、単にCRISや学術リポジトリの担当者だけではないことが挙げられるでしょう。Research AdministratorやInstitutional Researchなどの担当者が大学や機関の経営戦略の観点からORCIDに注目しています。このブログも、ちょうど14回目の運営委員会が終わった後に書いていますが、今回も活発な議論がなされました。日本のコンソーシアムはORCIDの普及を推進するとともに、研究支援だけでない多面的な展開を見せていくことになると思います。
Work on establishing an ORCID consortium in Japan began in September 2017 with a meeting of ORCID representatives from Japanese member institutions. Although a consortium was not formed at that time, over the past two years the group has made progress toward that goal.
In April 2018, a Steering Committee was established, with members from organizations and companies that currently participate individually in ORCID. This Committee discusses issues ranging from the role and significance of the consortium in Japan to the administrative work required to operate the consortium. In June 2018, an announcement was made regarding the need for a consortium, and an ORCID document translation project was launched.
As part of our ORCID awareness-raising activities in Japan, member meetings and workshops were held here in April 2018, December 2018, and June 2019. These events ensured a better understanding of the significance of ORCID and the communities that support it among ORCID members and non-members alike.
In May 2018, following discussions and negotiations with the Steering Committee, the AXIES University ICT Promotion Council agreed to become the lead organization of the ORCID Japan Consortium. The AXIES organization was established for the purpose of joint development and purchase of educational ICT (information and communications technology) for higher education institutions. We’ve now established a ORCID steering committee in Japan, and started to work on the set up of the ORCID Japan Consortium, with the same members forming that Steering Committee. They have been holding monthly meetings online, increasing to twice monthly following the appointment of the lead organization. We are now preparing for our official launch at the start of the next fiscal year (March in Japan).
ORCID’s Executive Director, Laure Haak, welcomes this news: “The establishment of the Japan ORCID Consortium reflects the strength of the Japanese research sector’s shared commitment to improve research management. The Japan consortium is dedicated to improving data sharing and research information system interoperability, between researchers and across universities, research institutes. ORCID is honored to be part of their work. We look forward to participating in this effort with them.”
It has been about five years since the first Japanese ORCID member joined, and there are now 19 members here. In Japan, tools such as ResearchMap, DB-Spiral, and s2id are widely used, and it is essential to link these with other ORCID systems used around the world. Work on integrating ORCID in these systems is scheduled to be completed in the next year. This will then lead to an increase in ORCID membership in Japan, enabling closer connections not only in Japan but also globally., There will also be more opportunities for the exchange of information among scientists and researchers, and between Japanese and international organizations.
Even though it took a long time to set up the Japan consortium, members in Japan are now aware that it is going to launch soon. I have prepared a contract with ORCID for the establishment of the consortium, and various ORCID events are also being planned for the coming months.
As the ORCID Japan Steering Committee Chair, I see three main elements of our consortium agreement:
- There is no cost to researchers for registering and using their ORCID iD
- Organizations can then help their researchers get credit for their work by adding information about their contributions and affiliations to their record using the member API
- Led by the consortia lead, member organizations also express their commitment to and support for ORCID’s mission and vision
One of the characteristics of the Japanese consortium is that our members include Research Administrators and Institutional Research staff, as well as CRIS and academic repository personnel. This diversity will help ensure that our consortium promotes the multifaceted spread of ORCID in Japan.
Please look out for more news about the future development of ORCID in Japan and our consortium.