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The ORCID Trust Program

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 - 10:58 UTC

We are excited to announce the public launch of the ORCID Trust Program.  Earlier this year we engaged privacy and data security experts to help us review and refine the practices and policies underpinning the trustworthiness of ORCID.  This working group was chaired by board member Richard Ikeda, and included the following members:

  • Alan Barcroft, NIHR
  • Andrew Cormack, Jisc-JANET
  • Leif Johansson, SUNET
  • Yinghao Ma, American Chemical Society
  • Chris Phillips, CANARIE
  • Nick Roy, Internet2
  • Bob Rudis
  • Terry Smith, AAF
  • Kaliya Young

Throughout this process, the working group acknowledged the extensive work we had already done. Our focus on researcher control has always been a central principle of ORCID. Our privacy and dispute policies remain critical in communicating our values in data ownership and integrity. And, our attention to ensuring the persistence of ORCID iDs  is a key component in community adoption.

That’s not to say that we didn’t have work to do, and we thank the Working Group for their expert guidance in identifying gaps and prioritizing next steps for action during the coming months.  Our internal staff growth over the last year has required us to more formally document and train on internal processes and procedures, and to incorporate additional tools to help us review and confirm that that we are not inadvertently risking the trust that we have had the privilege of earning from the community.

The first step in that journey is the launch of our Trust program, a comprehensive consideration of our practices and policies that support the trustworthiness of ORCID. We have organized the program into four broad areas:

  • Individual control - Our tools and services provide you control over your registration, what is connected to your iD, and who can access your information. We provide system security and protection to ensure that user control is maintained.
  • Reliable registry - We understand that dependability, availability, security, and durability are required of the systems and services we provide for you and the organizations you work with in the research community.
  • Community accountability - We make ourselves accountable to all who use and support ORCID activities through our non-profit status, our membership-based sustainability model, community governance, and data dispute procedures.
  • Information integrity - We work with the community to enable high-fidelity connections between individuals and their contributions and affiliations. We have developed processes and tools for creating, managing, and interpreting ORCID Registry information.

Look out for more news about this important new program in the coming months and, in the meantime, we'd love to hear your comments, suggestions, and other feedback!


Open Call for Participation - Business Agreements Behind Technology Interoperability

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 - 15:00 UTC

CASRAI has issued its first annual Open Call to gather feedback, ideas and implementation stories, and I very much hope you will participate. You do not need to be a member of CASRAI as it is free and open to all. The submission deadline is October 31, 2016.

CASRAI is a non-profit consortia of institutional Research Offices and Research Libraries working collectively with their government and commercial partners to solve one key part of the global interoperability challenge - the development of ‘standard information exchange agreements’. We do this by working with the business (i.e., non-technology) functional units at research institutions and by using methods that combine data governance and open standards practices. CASRAI standards differ from technology standards in that they are agreements on terms, basic record structures, and document templates - essentially, ‘business information requirements’. The CASRAI vision is for all stakeholders (institutions, funders, publishers and software providers) to adopt these standardized and harmonized information requirements in their local software and processes, so that we can, with minimal overhead or coordination, collectively enable stable, predictable and comparable results when sharing information throughout the research lifecycle.

The purpose of our open call is to gather input from the global research community as CASRAI Steering Groups plan their activities for the coming year. There are three types of annualized activities at CASRAI:

New standard information agreements - targeted projects aimed at developing new (or revising existing) glossaries and/or document templates that facilitate simplified information sharing between research stakeholders;

New implementations or demonstrations - showcasing examples of teams and organisations around the world that are implementing CASRAI standards in their software or demonstrations of new tools using the standards; also showcasing new technologies for simplifying interoperability via CASRAI standards;

New national chapters - seeking interest from research institutional leaders around the world to bring their national perspective and leadership to the mission of tackling the research information sharing issues in a sustainable, internationally integrated approach.

We hope you will participate in our general call - it only takes a few moments and you can respond to only those components of interest to your organisation. We specifically hope that the ORCID community will respond to the call for new ideas ( and submit your thoughts on gaps or improvements you see as needed in describing research and scholarly works. Watch for reports from CASRAI on the results of the open call and the ideas submitted that touch on these and other topics of particular interest to the ORCID community.

Again, the deadline to get your feedback in is October 31, 2016. We hope you will get involved!



ORCID Receives Follow-on Funding from Helmsley Charitable Trust

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 - 00:00 UTC

I am delighted to announce that ORCID has been awarded further funding by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. This 18-month, $1.84M award follows our initial $3M award from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. It allows us to leverage the progress we have made engaging the community and increasing ORCID adoption and use over the last 18 months, and also to ensure that our technical offering scales appropriately as we grow.

Community Engagement

Over the last year, ORCID membership has grown dramatically and now stands at over 550 members globally. We welcomed as members national consortia in New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Finland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, and four regional consortia in the U.S., together representing over half our total membership. These groups include universities, government entities, and research funders. 

With Crossref and DataCite, we launched end-to-end ORCID integration in publishing and data repository systems, enabling researchers to opt for their ORCID records to be automatically updated when they publish an article or dataset – a key element of our vision. We also provided support for announcements by several publishers and societies who require, or plan to require iDs for their authors in 2016.

Over 2.6 million researchers now have an ORCID iD, and over 7 million papers and datasets are connected to iDs in the ORCID registry and in databases such as Web of Science, Scopus, and Europe PubMed Central.  Information interoperability is becoming a reality for researchers. 

Scaling to Information Interoperability

In parallel with this adoption curve, reliance on ORCID as a trusted component of the information infrastructure is increasing. As ORCID identifiers and services become an integral component of the research infrastructure for research institutions, research funders, and publishers, it becomes more and more important for us to formalize our processes and ensure that our team is communicating effectively. We also need to clearly articulate how (and how not) to integrate ORCID identifiers.

Thanks to the generous Phase II funding from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, we will shortly be initiating our ReSPECT project, which targets three key areas of our operations: Reliability, Security, and Privacy; Engagement and Sustainability; and Communications and Training. At the end of this project, our goal is to have developed mature services and supporting training materials, and have reached our sustainability goals. In short, we plan to have transformed from start-up to small-team resiliency.

And guess what – we are hiring again!  Open positions are posted on the ORCID team page at


The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in health, place-based initiatives, and education and human services. Since 2008, when Helmsley began active grantmaking, it has committed more than $1.5 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Biomedical Research Infrastructure Program seeks to strengthen the research tools, training, and collaborative platforms for the health sciences and enhance the quality and reproducibility of biomedical data and findings. For more information, visit


Announcing the PIDapalooza lineup!

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 - 00:00 UTC

We’re stoked to announce the lineup for PIDapalooza! With nearly 60 performers, the first ever festival devoted to persistent identifiers for scholarly research is packed with the finest talent around. Check out the schedule!

PIDapalooza is being organized by the California Digital Library, Crossref, DataCite, and ORCID to rally around the development of PID-enabled community tools and services. Fans (creators and users) from around the world and from all areas of the scholarly research community will gather at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel Reykjavik on November 9-10, 2016, for two days of discussions, demos, workshops, brainstorming, and updates on the state of the art. The festival experience includes a reception, pub quiz, and a ton of hands-on activities!

As well as the main stage attractions (Jonathan Clark, Simon Porter, Carly Strasser, and Clifford Tatum), we will hold two PID tracks with multiple acts that are sure to engage PID fans, organized around eight themes:

  • PID myths. Are PIDs better in our minds than in reality?  PID stands for Persistent IDentifier, but what does that mean and does such a thing exist?  
  • Achieving persistence. So many factors affect persistence: mission, oversight, funding, succession, redundancy, governance.  Is open infrastructure for scholarly communication the key to achieving persistence?
  • PIDs for emerging uses. Long-term identifiers are no longer just for digital objects. We have use cases for people, organizations, vocabulary terms, and more. What additional use cases are you working on?
  • Legacy PIDs. There are of thousands of venerable old identifier systems that people want to continue using and bring into the modern data citation ecosystem.  How can we manage this effectively?
  • The I-word. What would make heterogeneous PID systems "interoperate" optimally?  Would standardized metadata and APIs across PID types solve many of the problems, and if so, how would that be achieved?  What about standardized link/relation types?
  • PIDagogy. It’s a challenge for those who provide PID services and tools to engage the wider community. How do you teach, learn, persuade, discuss, and improve adoption? What's it mean to build a pedagogy for PIDs?
  • PID stories.  Which strategies worked?  Which strategies failed?  Tell us your horror stories! Share your victories!
  • Kinds of persistence.  What are the frontiers of ‘persistence’? We hear lots about fraud prevention with identifiers for scientific reproducibility, but what about data papers promoting PIDs for long-term access to reliably improving objects (software, pre-prints, datasets) or live data feeds?

If you don’t want to miss out, register today before tickets are gone. Come jam at the festival with other committed innovators. And spread the word about PIDapalooza in your community! The PIDapalooza website contains all the information about the event. And be sure to follow @PIDapalooza for the latest updates.

Look forward to seeing you in November!