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ORCID DE - Milestones and Key Figures

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 - 23:33 UTC

The ORCID DE project, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), has got much closer to achieving its goal - the dissemination of ORCID in Germany - in the past year including:

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.

 

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Announcing the Results of ORCID’s 2020 Board Election

Fri, 22 Nov 2019 - 18:30 UTC

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:

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.

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Time Flies...

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 - 20:21 UTC

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!

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ORCID: It's All About the People

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 - 00:00 UTC

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!

Thank you!

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, 

Увидимся, adios

 

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CSIRO: The ORCID Experience - Member Story October 2019

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 - 13:29 UTC

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.

 

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Celebrating Open Access Week: Researchers using our Public Data File

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 - 00:00 UTC

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. 

We release the public data file under a CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication and use of the public data is in accordance with our Privacy Policy. We have created recommended community norms to use the file.

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!

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ORCID Adoption in the Pharma Community

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 - 00:00 UTC

 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 community@orcid.org or oxfordproject@pharmagenesis.com

A version of this post is also available on the Open Pharma blog

 

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Meet ORCID Member, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 - 00:00 UTC

 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.

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Time for a website refresh!

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 - 12:44 UTC

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!

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近日設立予定ーORCID 日本コンソーシアム

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 - 15:14 UTC

English-language version

日本におけるORCIDコンソーシアムを設立する明示的な検討は、2017年9月に国内の会員機関のORCID担当者による会議から始められました。それまでにもコンソーシアム設立に対する期待はあったものの、実現に向けた明示的な行動は見られませんでした。しかし、この会議の後、現在に至るまでの2年間で次のようなアクションを行ってきました。

2018年4月にコンソーシアム運営委員会(Steering Committee)を設置しました。委員は個別参加をしている機関や企業の担当者です。この会議では、日本におけるコンソーシアムの役割や意義といった次元の問題から、コンソーシアムを運営するための事務作業に関することまで議論しています。また、2018年は次の2つの成果を残しています。

  • 2018年6月、コンソーシアムの必要性を説いた設立趣意書を発表。
  • ORCID文書翻訳プロジェクトを発足。

国内におけるORCIDの啓発活動の一環として、2018年4月2018年12月2019年6月のメンバミーティングおよびワークショップの開催しました。この後の私の記事でも触れますが、これらのイベントを通して、会員ではない機関からの参加者のみならず、機関会員の担当者や関係者も、ORCIDとそれを支えるコミュニティの意義についての理解を深めたと言えるでしょう。

かねてより運営委員会が説明と交渉を進めていたAXIES大学ICT推進協議会が、2019年5月にORCIDコンソーシアムのリード機関となることを決定しました。AXIESは、高等教育機関を対象とした教育ICTに関する共同開発や共同購入を目的として設立された法人です。認証基盤の普及や開発の実績もあったことから、ORCIDへの理解を示していただけました。そして、実質的な受け皿となるORCID部会というセクションを立ち上げ、この部会を中心にコンソーシアムの活動を進めていくことになりました。この部会は、実質的に上述のコンソーシアム運営委員会と同じものです。

コンソーシアム運営委員会は月1回、オンライン会議の形で行われてきました。これまでに14回行いましたが、リード機関が決定してからは月に2回行っています。最低でも次年度(日本は3月)からの実質的な始動に向けて準備を進めているところです。

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。

日本ORCIDメンバーシップ開始から現在に至るまで、5年程の時間が経過し、すでに19ものメンバーシップ参加機構がございます。日本では、ResearchMap、DB-Spriral、s2idなどのツールが日本国内で普及されていることから、世界で利用されているORCIDシステムとの連動が必須になります。こちらも現在各システム機構と連結を行っており今年から来年にかけて完成する予定となっております。

これらのシステムと連動を図ることで、日本でORCIDメンバーシップが増え、日本国内のみならず世界との繋がりが密接になり、より交流する機会が増え、科学者、研究員、各日本機構と世界機構との連動がより便利なツールの一つになることを信じております。

また今後の動向として、現在メンバーシップ参加機構が増えたことで日本コンソーシアムの設立のスケジュールも予定しております。年内には森氏筆頭の下、コンソーシアム設立に向けてORCIDとの契約を準備しており、年内から様々なイベントも開催予定です。

今後のORCIDとコンソーシアムの動きに期待し注目していただければと思います。

Atlas

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、

  1. 機関に所属する研究者のORCIDレコードへの書き込み(書き込まれた情報のソースはメンバー機関名)
  2. その研究者の業績の追跡、

の2点です。1.の書き込みの具体例としては「所属情報」、「業績」、「表彰」があります。

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。

ORCIDメンバーとして目に見える成果を出したい大学や、大学の基幹システムを改修するにはコスト面で難しい大学に適したツールです。

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

当社は、大学をはじめとした学術・研究機関向けの研究業績データベースである「DB-Spiral」の販売・導入を2005年から続けており、現在では日本全国で60を超える機関への導入実績があります。

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

高めることの両方に大きく寄与しています。

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。

researchmapには現在約29万人の研究者が、その所属や経歴、研究分野などの基本的な情報に加え、論文、書籍、講演・口頭発表や特許など3,000万件を超える業績情報を登録しています。これらの情報は、研究者毎のホームページ「マイポータル」を通じて広く発信することができます。

researchmapでは、2013年からORCIDとデータ連携を開始し、ORCIDで公開している業績情報をresearchmapへ取り込む機能を実装しました。ORCIDは、検証済みの信頼性の高いデータ(論文投稿時に著者がORCIDを使えば、その論文が出版された時に自身のORCIDレコードに自動的に追加される)が登録されているため、ORCIDで業績を管理している研究者は、その信頼性の高い業績データを容易にresearchmapに取り込む事が可能となり、研究者からは利便性が向上したとの評価を頂いています。今後は電子認証プロセスの導入によるORCID上の限定公開情報の取り込みや、researchmapデータのORCIDへの登録など、更に連携を進めていきたいと考えています。

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。

一方、JSTはCREST、さきがけなどのファンド事業を有する研究助成機関の顔も合わせ持ちます。JSTがファンドを行った研究開発課題がどういった成果を上げたのかを把握することは非常に重要です。ORCIDに蓄積される研究者と成果情報を活用してJSTの研究開発課題の成果情報をより、正確に把握されることが期待されます。

私個人としては、コンソーシアムの設立まで時間がかかりすぎている感じもしています。しかしその分、ORCIDに対する理解やその活用についての議論が深まったと思います。というのも、ORCIDに研究情報のマネジメントだけでない、次のような価値を見いだすことができたからです。

例えば、博士課程の修了者のキャリアトラッキングのツールとして、ORCIDの活用が挙げられます。研究支援の文脈だけでなく、高等教育の質保証の文脈でもORCIDに高い価値と意義を見いだすことができます。

また、研究者の学歴・職歴に関する情報に大学や機関が信頼を付与することができる機能は、研究分野や国境を超えて学術研究活動の信頼性を高めることに寄与するものです。時間はかかりましたが、その分、日本のコンソーシアム設立に関わった人々はこうした認識をすることができるようになったと思います。

こうした認識ができるようになったことは、運営委員長としてORCIDに関わり私自身が実感していることです。そうして、ようやくPersistent IDであるORCIDの難解な運営モデルについて、私なりに3つの簡単な要素に分解して説明ができるようになりました。

  1. 普及促進のため、ユーザは無償でIDを取得し、その利益を得ることができる。
  2. 一方で、ユーザが所属する機関が機関APIを用いてIDに信用を付与する。
  3. 機関はORCIDに賛同し、ORCID運営を支える(そしてAPI利用権を得る)。

3つ目については、2018年1月にリスボンで開かれたメンバワークショップで、各国のコンソーシアムのコーディネータの皆さんの話を聞いて、気づきを得ました。

コンソーシアムに機関を勧誘する方法は、上記のことを理解してもらうのが一番良いのですが、経験的に困難であるとおもいます。すこし俗物的な方法ではありますが、THE世界大学ランキング上位50大学で、ORCIDに機関参加しているところは85%近くあるという報告(2018年11月現在)をしたことがあります。これには、研究大学を標榜する大学の執行部は反応を見せたそうです。研究大学であれば、ORCIDに理解を示して運営を支えるのは常識であろうということです。

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。

最後に、すでに元ORCIDスタッフとなっておられるにも関わらず、日本コンソーシアムの設立に惜しみない助力をいただいた宮入暢子さんに感謝を述べたいと思います。ありがとうございます。

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Coming Soon - ORCID Japan Consortium!

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 - 21:50 UTC

日本語バージョン

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: 

  1. There is no cost to researchers for registering and using their ORCID iD 
  2. 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
  3. 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.

 

 

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A journey of building communities and scaling infrastructure

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 - 00:00 UTC

It is with both sadness and excitement that I will be leaving ORCID, to join DataCite as their new Executive Director.  It’s a wonderful opportunity, and I am pleased that I will be staying within the wider digital infrastructure, and will have the opportunity to continue working with ORCID, collaborating to build the open research information infrastructure. 

I will really miss the ORCID team, which has become a family to me. It is difficult to put into words how much of an impact the people at ORCID have had in my life. It is with the support and trust of my ORCID family that I have been able to grow and develop as an individual. I thank you all for your friendship and colleagueship over the years. I will continue to hold these relationships dearly.

When I joined ORCID in 2015, I wrote about how excited I was to be joining a “plumbing company.” Since then, ORCID has become so much more. We have helped build a global community that has started to transform how research information is collected and shared. Everything we do at ORCID is in service of our underlying belief that, by working together with all sectors of the global research community -- disparate as their priorities and cultures often are -- we can facilitate conversations that help increase the openness and reliability of research information.

During my time at ORCID, I have traveled around the world to engage directly with you, the incredible people who make up our community. We rely on your commitment to realise 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. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to work with so many of you. 

Building persistent global research infrastructure is no small endeavour.  From a global perspective, the community largely recognises the interplay between ORCID adoption by researchers and implementation of ORCID in research workflows.  Both are necessary to achieve our ultimate goal of streamlined and open information-sharing. This being said, we also recognise that organisations want to contribute to and gain value from information interoperability in different ways, so over my time at ORCID we have worked to  develop strategies to enable collaboration and build communities of practice

I am proud of ORCID’s achievements over the past few years, I thank everyone in our community for your support and commitment, and I look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve our shared goal in my new role.

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Announcing the ORCID Board Slate for 2020

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 - 15:24 UTC

I am delighted to announce the slate for ORCID’s 2020 Board election.

We received a total of 15 nominations, of which 10 were from individuals representing member organisations and five were for the researcher member position. An excellent variety of skills and geographies was represented, and we were particularly pleased to have a number of nominees with experience in the areas that we had specifically requested. Sincere thanks to the ORCID Nominating Committee for their constructive and enthusiastic engagement – Heath Marks, Daisy Selematsela, Simeon Warner, Karin Wulf, and Kazu Yamaji – and also to the ORCID staff for their very proactive support.

Following the deadline for nominations of 1 August 2019, the Nominating Committee reviewed all of the nominations very carefully. We assessed the skills and experience of each nominee, and also considered how the proposed slate of nominees might complement the existing Board members. With our proposed slate of nominees we have aimed for an overall diversity of representation in terms of skills, experience, organisation type, geographical location, and gender – a balance that we believe will strengthen the ORCID Board in its important roles of overseeing the management and performance of ORCID and serving as community advocates for ORCID.

The Nominating Committee therefore recommends the following nominees to be put forward for election to the ORCID Board for a term from January 2020 to December 2022:

  • 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

Please see ORCID 2020 Board Slate for more information about the nominees. All ORCID members in good standing as of September 23 are eligible to vote. Online voting will be open from October 23 – November 22, and full instructions will be sent to the official contact at each member organization by October 1. Members also have the option to propose write-in candidates for the Board within 30 days of the slate being announced (by November 22) – full information can be found in our bylaws, Section III, Article 2.

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Integrating ORCID for Reviewers at PLOS

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 - 00:00 UTC

This guest post was co-authored by Kat McGowan, Editorial Operations Manager for PLOS ONE and Madison Crystal, Brand Communications Manager and Writer, PLOS

 It’s no secret that we’re big fans of ORCID and we were very excited to integrate ORCID’s reviewer credit service. We already require corresponding authors to sign up for ORCID and offer it as a single sign-on option for all of our users on our submission site. The new reviewer program is an opportunity for us to extend the benefits even further. 

Providing an easy, efficient credit system for reviewers aligns strongly with our goals to further transparency and recognition for the diverse contributions individuals make at every step of the research process. Besides raising awareness for the work of reviewers, we also hope that more ways to get credit will offer more incentive to review and add more nuance to the record of a reviewer's scholarly contributions.

Because of the benefits for our community, we decided that we wanted to roll this feature out as soon as possible to all seven PLOS journals. 

This part was a little tricky, as all our journals do things a little differently. Our teams had to spend some time revising workflows to make sure we could offer a consistent process across our whole portfolio—from PLOS ONE to PLOS Computational Biology. There was also the daunting task of testing the feature within Editorial Manager (our manuscript submission system) without a sandbox site, which meant not having a clear vision of the experience for our earliest adopters. 

However, Editorial Manager offers a lot of control over when credit is awarded and when it’s pushed to our reviewers’ ORCID records. The configuration options were very clear, which made it easy to figure out exactly how things would work even without being able to test ahead of time. We ended up choosing to implement a delay so that reviews would be posted in batches at the end of each month. This functionality has been hugely important in ensuring reviewers can remain anonymous and still get credit for their work, if that’s what they prefer.

If you’re looking to integrate this feature at your journal, here’s our advice:

  1. Test! You’ll be happy to hear that the most recent update to Editorial Manager will allow you to test this feature within ORCID’s sandbox. It’s certainly easy enough to set up without, but it’s a great option to take advantage of.
  2. Keep in mind your review audience and their habits when you configure the setup options and timing for uploading reviews. If you have fewer reviews you may want to have a longer delay before uploading to make it more difficult to identify specific reviewers. If you your peer review process is already open, you can upload and provide credit as soon as possible.  
  3. Communication is key. We let all of our reviewers know about this new feature through email campaigns, website, and our blog. We tailored our messages with instructions for registering based on whether they were new to ORCID or already had an account in our system so that they each knew how to get reviewer credit with PLOS. 

A lot of work went into making sure this were consistent and correct before launch, but it was worth the effort to provide a consistent experience to all our contributors. Already we’ve seen average uptake from about 35% of our reviewers across all of our journals and we’re excited to see how it develops.

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Let's Add Peer Review Information to ORCID Records

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 - 02:22 UTC

As part of our Peer Review Week 2019 celebrations, we are happy to share this video about why and how to add peer review to ORCID records. Learn about connecting both individual peer review activities -- for a journal article or conference abstract, for example -- and peer review service over time -- such as acting as a review editor or serving on a review panel.  

Happy Peer Review Week!

 

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ORCID in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa- An Update

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 - 00:00 UTC

ORCID relies on our community to help us achieve our shared vision. As our members, you play a critical role, by creating connections and sharing information about research and researchers. Collectively  you are helping us make progress toward our shared goal where research information is entered once and reused often.

Membership

The EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) region continues to lead the world in terms of ORCID adoption. Well over half of ORCID members are based here, and more than 70% have joined through a consortium. These communities of practice are key to our success, as they share our global, inclusive, and collaborative approach to building a better research information infrastructure. Working with consortia allows us to scale our efforts and may lead to improved collaboration and more effective ORCID implementation at a regional level. Five EMEA consortia were recognized for their contributions at our consortia workshop in May.

Consortia in Europe & Middle East and Africa

Austria | Belgium | Denmark | Finland | Germany | Greece | Israel |

Italy | Netherlands | Norway | Portugal | South Africa | Sweden | UK

So far in 2019 we have welcomed three consortia in Europe:

  • The Austrian Consortium led by TU Wien and University of Vienna was founded in January with 11 institutional members, followed by an official launch event in June
  • Denmark was the first country to establish an ORCID consortium in 2014, and after a one year break due to internal reorganization, the Danish Consortium re-launched in January, this time under the lead of Aalborg University Library 
  • In Greece a national consortium was established in January  with HEAL-Link (Hellenic Academic Libraries Link) as the lead organization. The consortium currently has 43 members, making it one of the largest in the region

We also recently welcomed our first members in Botswana, Nigeria, Turkey and Iraq, as well as new members in France, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Poland, Qatar, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom, and are in active discussions with organizations across the region.

Adoption and Use

As of today, there are 562 ORCID members in Europe, and 323 integrations. In the Middle East and Africa, there are 44 members and 20 integrations. And the number of research information systems in the region that support ORCID continues to grow.  There are currently more than 300 systems in our region that are exchanging information with the ORCID Registry.  

Congratulations and kudos to our top sharers, who are helping all of us realize our open research goals!

Affiliations: To date, the top members asserting affiliations on ORCID records are: the University of Oxford (11.000+), King's College London (3,800+), Universidad de Zaragoza (3,600+), Københavns Universitet (2,500+), and University College London (2,400+)

Works: Top EMEA integrators adding works include: Europe PubMed Central (2M+), INSPIRE-HEP (800.000+), Ciência Vitae (350.000+), MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) (180.000+), and the University of Helsinki (130.000+)

Funding: The top integrator, adding the highest amount of funding items in the region is Ciência Vitae (19,000+) developed by Portuguese national funder, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

 

 

Most of our Registry traffic from EMEA comes from the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany -- more than two million visits to ORCID sites in July 2019!

Evolution

EMEA members are helping us evolve the services we offer and improve how we support our community.  In addition to EMEA member participation on our Board and working groups, SABINET (South Africa) and ePIC (Europe) are participating in our RIPEN project. 

We released our infographic in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish to support discussions about “why ORCID” in our community and, during the first half of 2019, we held several virtual and face to face events, including our first webinar in Arabic, as well as co-hosted workshops with consortia and members in Israel, Turkey, Denmark, UK, and Austria

In the second half of the year we will be visiting many countries in the region, and holding “Better Together” webinars focused on funders, publishers, and research institutions.  Watch our events page for details of these and other upcoming webinars and workshops!

A big thank you to our EMEA community for your continued collaboration!

 

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Reports and ORCID Recommendations from ORBIT Funder Working Group

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 - 00:00 UTC

The ORBIT project is nearing the end of its second year.  We have had the wonderful opportunity to partner with a number of research funding organizations during this time and are now happy to share an update on our work!  

The following organizations participated in the ORBIT Project

Australian Research Council - ARC (Australia) | Austrian Science Fund - FWF (Austria) | BBSRC (UK) | Canadian Institutes of Health Research - CIHR (Canada) | CONCYTEC (Peru) | Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico - CNPq (Brazil) | Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - CAPES (Brazil) | Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - FCT (Portugal) | Howard Hughes Medical Institute - HHMI (USA) | Japan Science and Technology Agency - JST (Japan) | Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment - MBIE (New Zealand) | National Humanities Alliance - NHA (USA) | National Research Foundation - NRF (South Africa) | Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada - NSERC (Canada) | Science and Technology Development Fund - STDF (Egypt) | Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - SSHRC (Canada) | Swiss National Science Foundation - SNF (Switzerland) | US National Institutes of Health - NIH (USA) | Wellcome Trust (UK)

This week, we are releasing two survey reports and one set of recommendations, all developed with the ORBIT participants.  These reports are framed by the funding community’s progress with integrating ORCID into grants processes. Wellcome Trust has been collecting ORCID iDs from its applicants since 2015. They have now been joined by more funding organizations, including the Australian Research Council, which is using ORCID to enable applicants to build their application CVs; CAPES, which is using ORCID to enable international participation in its funding programs; and the US National Institutes of Health, which announced it will be using ORCID in NIH training grant applications

Look for an upcoming series of posts on these regional initiatives, coming later this year.  

Enter Once - Grant Applications

Ultimately, our goal is to enable researchers to easily share information about their activities and affiliations with grant application systems, reducing the data entry burden for them and improving data quality for funders and the broader community. In our new ORBIT: Grant Application Data Field Survey Report, we summarize data fields used by funders to collect grant application information, based on responses from nine participating national and philanthropic funders to a survey carried out as part of the ORBIT project.  Our analysis shows that the ORCID data model accommodates -- or could easily accommodate -- much of the grant applicant information required by funders. We also analyzed the amount and sources of this information in the ORCID Registry.  For the purposes of reduction of researcher burden and data quality/fidelity, it is preferable that this information is added to ORCID records by the various information systems used by researchers, as part of an existing workflow. The analysis has led to specific actions for both ORCID and funders, and we hope that its conclusions will also be more broadly useful in highlighting actions to maximize the availability of open, reusable funding information, in particular through the use of open persistent identifiers and metadata.  

Reuse Often - Grant Reporting

After working with funders to analyze data needs for workflows associated with applying for, reviewing, and awarding grants, in the second phase of ORBIT, the project team gathered information about the systems, workflows, and processes currently used by funders for research reporting and evaluation. We sought to identify inefficiencies in data-gathering and prioritize a second set of pathfinder projects to test, refine, and assess solutions. Our information-gathering took the form of an initial survey of members of the ORBIT Funder Working Group, which was also shared with a network of United States Federal funders and the Belmont Forum, to widen the reach of our investigation. In all, 13 ORBIT funders from nine countries in six continents participated, ranging from national, multidisciplinary research funding bodies to discipline-focused philanthropic funders. 

The ORBIT Funder Reporting Survey report includes the following findings: 

  • Connecting grants to subsequent research activities and outputs is the biggest challenge for funders
  • Although most funders’ reporting requests are fulfilled, much of the information is provided late or is of low quality and requires time-consuming cleanup
  • More than 50% of funders interact with researchers during the reporting process, suggesting that ORCID could be integrated into reporting workflows

The ORBIT Funder Working Group therefore makes the following recommendations: 

  • Funders, publishers, and identifier registries should work together to develop, implement, and socialize workflows that use identifiers to create and share transparent connections between people, funding, and research activities in grant and publication workflows
  • Funder reporting systems should implement digital reporting workflows that reduce reporting burden, by enabling researchers to populate web forms with information from other systems, including ORCID records, without rekeying or manual data entry
  • Funders should partner with publishers to leverage identifiers for organizations, grants, and people, to enable compliance with funder open access and data-sharing requirements
Sharing What Works

The ORBIT Funder Working Group has also developed a set of recommendations, ORCID and Grant DOIs: Engaging the Community to Ensure Openness and Transparency of Funding Information, calling for the combined use of ORCID and Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to support openness and transparency of funding information.  Their report describes specific funding system information flows, and proposes complementary actions by ORCID, Crossref, researchers, and publishers to enable open research goals.  

Want to Learn More or Get Involved?

A number of funders have signed the ORCID Funder Open Letter committing to the use of best practices for collecting ORCID iDs from applicants and sharing grant award information publicly. We welcome their support and invite all organizations that fund research and scholarship to consider joining them as signatories.

We also invite you to attend our upcoming webinars:

  • A series of Better Together webinars where researchers, funders, and vendors will share best practices and experiences of using ORCID 
  • Into ORBIT webinar where speakers from FWG organizations will discuss ORBIT reports’ recommendations and findings, as well as sharing their organization’s ORCID policy
  • Let’s Integrate webinar featuring speakers from funders large and small, who will share their experiences and demonstrate that anyone can integrate ORCID 

Watch our events page for details of these and other ORCID webinars and workshops.  If you are an ORCID member, check your monthly newsletter for a schedule of activities.  You can also register to receive our blog

As we present the findings of these reports to our community over the coming months, we invite your feedback.  We hope that we can count on you to play your part in implementing the ORBIT FWG’s recommendations, whether you’re a funder, a publisher, a research institution, or a researcher. Thank you!

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New Features Alert! More Information Now Included In Your ORCID Inbox Notifications

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 - 00:00 UTC

An ORCID inbox notification is added to your account every time a trusted organization (an ORCID member you have authorized) makes a change on your record. However, until now these notifications contained no details of what had been changed, which was understandably frustrating.

Now that all our member organizations have upgraded to API version 2.0 or higher,  we can make improvements to address this issue. We are excited to announce that your ORCID inbox notification now includes details of each item that has been added or updated. If you’ve also signed up for email notifications, you’ll see the changes in our email message too. 

The new notification includes details of the additions or updates to the affiliation, funding, work, peer review, or research resources sections on your ORCID record. So you can easily see the changes that have been made, each trusted organization that has updated your record is listed separately, together with each individual activity that they have updated. 

 

Please see our Knowledge Base article for more information on notifications and frequency settings. 

Tell us what you think!

We value feedback from our community, so please let us know what you think about this new functionality, and share any suggestions you have to further improve the ORCID Registry or APIs. Thank you!

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¡Grandes logros en Perú!

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 - 16:31 UTC

¡Han pasado casi dos años desde nuestro artículo "ORCID en Latinoamérica: Novedades", en el cual celebramos los logros de CONCYTEC como un verdadero pionero de ORCID y el primer miembro en América Latina en ser reconocido en nuestro programa Collect & Connect! CONCYTEC es la agencia peruana cuyo propósito es regular, dirigir, guiar, financiar, coordinar, supervisar y evaluar las acciones del país en Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica, y promover e impulsar su desarrollo.

En aquel entonces, alrededor de 8000 investigadores peruanos ya tenían su ORCID iD conectado al sistema nacional de currículos, DINA - ahora CTI Vitae1, y ORCID contaba con el apoyo de dos organizaciones miembro: la Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) y el CONCYTEC.

 

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Dos años después, CONCYTEC ha integrado ORCID en CTI Vitae, plataforma en la cual 22000 investigadores peruanos han conectado su ORCID iD1.

En el 2019, festejamos también la llegada de cinco nuevos miembros institucionales en Perú: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Universidad Andina del Cusco, Universidad Continental, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos y Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia.

Además, los usuarios peruanos han estado constantemente entre los cinco principales países en consultar el Registro ORCID en los últimos tres años, ¡una gran indicación del beneficio de ORCID para la comunidad!

CONCYTEC y ORCID

CONCYTEC es parte de la comunidad ORCID desde 2015 y fue la primera agencia de financiación gubernamental de América Latina en integrarse con ORCID. Sus integraciones ORCID con DINA (la plataforma nacional de CV, ahora renombrada CTI Vitae) y ALICIA (el repositorio nacional de acceso abierto), permiten a los investigadores importar publicaciones de su registro ORCID a su CTI Vitae, y exportar sus contribuciones de ALICIA a su registro ORCID. Esto significa menos carga administrativa para los investigadores peruanos y mayor visibilidad internacional para la investigación local.

"ORCID es un elemento de primera importancia para la interoperabilidad nacional e internacional de la Red Nacional de Información en los sistemas de CTI, y para aumentar la visibilidad de los investigadores peruanos".

- Dirección de Evaluación y Gestión del Conocimiento (DEGC) - CONCYTEC

El proyecto PerúCRIS 

El proyecto PerúCRIS tiene como objetivo establecer, desarrollar y operar la Red Nacional de Información en CTI, lo que permitirá la consolidación y gestión de la información científica y académica en todo el Perú. También permitirá la generación de estadísticas para apoyar la toma de decisiones, a nivel institucional, regional, sectorial y nacional, además de hacer visibles las actividades, capacidades y producción científica de los investigadores peruanos a nivel mundial.

La construcción de la Red Nacional de Información en CTI requiere la incorporación de mejores prácticas en la gestión de la información de investigación. Para lograr este objetivo, CONCYTEC ha establecido alianzas estratégicas con instituciones clave en la comunidad internacional de ciencia abierta: DURASPACE, euroCRIS, LA Referencia, COAR y ORCID.

 

Campaña de adopción ORCID

En octubre de 2018, CONCYTEC lanzó una campaña para la adopción nacional de ORCID como el identificador persistente único para los investigadores a nivel nacional. Esto significa que se espera que todos los investigadores peruanos tengan un ORCID iD. El proyecto también incluye:

  • Integración ORCID. Inicio de sesión autenticado en CTI Vitae a través de ORCID, más la posibilidad de importar y exportar publicaciones hacia y desde ORCID y CTI Vitae.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Entrenamiento ORCID. CONCYTEC ha estado trabajando activamente con las instituciones de investigación peruanas para compartir las mejores prácticas de ORCID para investigadores y sus organizaciones. Este enfoque incluye visitas y capacitación in situ, seminarios web dedicados y seminarios generales. ORCID está trabajando desde 2018 con CONCYTEC en una serie de seminarios web para investigadores y organizaciones, continuando hasta el 2019. Para ver más información, incluido un calendario de actividades y videos, o para registrarse en un próximo seminario web, visite Talleres ORCID.

  • Afiliación institucional y coordinador de afiliación. Esta funcionalidad permite a las instituciones monitorear el avance de la adopción ORCID de sus investigadores.

Trabajo conjunto

En julio del año pasado, CONCYTEC organizó la Primera Reunión de Gestores de Información de CTI, que reunió a representantes de 141 universidades peruanas públicas y privadas, y 25 instituciones públicas de investigación. Representantes de organizaciones clave de América Latina y Europa relacionadas con la gestión de información sobre CTI, incluidas La Referencia, ORCID, EuroCRIS, 4Science, DuraSpace, CINECA y otras, compartieron actualizaciones de tecnología, así como estándares y mejores prácticas en el área.

Unos meses más tarde, en octubre, CONCYTEC y ORCID co-patrocinaron un taller en la Universidad ESAN, en el cual compartimos el progreso hasta la fecha y los planes futuros con la comunidad. Representantes de dos miembros de ORCID en la región - Universidad Autónoma San Luís Potosí (UASLP, México) y Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) - también compartieron sus experiencias de implementación de ORCID.

Durante 2019, CONCYTEC y ORCID están llevando a cabo una serie de seminarios web conjuntos para investigadores y para instituciones de investigación, explicando los beneficios de la membresía a ORCID, y ambas organizaciones también estarán en la conferencia Latmetrics, en Cusco este noviembre próximo.

 

¡Sepa más sobre ORCID y CONCYTEC en este excelente video que CONCYTEC preparó sobre nuestro trabajo juntos!

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas: un precursor

La UPC fue uno de nuestros primeros miembros en América Latina, y el segundo en Perú, se unió a ORCID en 2016. Una de las primeras acciones de UPC fue integrar ORCID con el repositorio digital institucional, por lo que es obligatorio para todos los investigadores, al depositar tesis y disertaciones, tener y compartir su ORCID iD, y así facilitar a los autores el registro de sus obras. Este proyecto incluyó la producción de campañas y material para facilitar la creación de ORCID iDs por parte de los investigadores.

Como resultado de esa directiva, hoy la UPC tiene más de 2000 investigadores que cuentan con su ORCID iD, lo que a su vez permitió las siguientes acciones:

  • Adopción de un identificador único para usuarios en el contexto digital de la Universidad;

  • Estandarización de nombres de usuario al registrar información en sistemas de información académicos y de investigación;

  • Generación de una cultura organizacional que permite a los usuarios mantener una forma única de registrar la autoría de su trabajo;

  • Las publicaciones científicas de la UPC desarrollaron una política de incluir los IDs ORCID del autor.

 

Libio Huaroto es el Jefe de Repositorios en UPC, un experto en gestión de repositorios y un entusiasta de ORCID:

"Indudablemente, la incorporación de ORCID y otros identificadores en los procesos académicos y editoriales de la Universidad han mejorado el trabajo de investigación, facilitado su difusión y mejorado su seguimiento".

 

Con todas estas excelentes noticias que contar, ¡estamos muy contentos de seguir trabajando en la construcción de la comunidad ORCID en Perú y de ayudar a establecer nuestro segundo consorcio en América Latina!

 

1 Fuente: CONCYTEC (https://perucris.concytec.gob.pe/adopcion-orcid)

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¡Grandes logros en Perú!

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 - 16:22 UTC

¡Han pasado casi dos años desde nuestro artículo "ORCID en Latinoamérica: Novedades", en el cual celebramos los logros de CONCYTEC como un verdadero pionero de ORCID y el primer miembro en América Latina en ser reconocido en nuestro programa Collect & Connect! CONCYTEC es la agencia peruana cuyo propósito es regular, dirigir, guiar, financiar, coordinar, supervisar y evaluar las acciones del país en Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica, y promover e impulsar su desarrollo.

En aquel entonces, alrededor de 8000 investigadores peruanos ya tenían su ORCID iD conectado al sistema nacional de currículos, DINA - ahora CTI Vitae1, y ORCID contaba con el apoyo de dos organizaciones miembro: la Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) y el CONCYTEC.

Dos años después, CONCYTEC ha integrado ORCID en CTI Vitae, plataforma en la cual 22000 investigadores peruanos han conectado su ORCID iD1.

En el 2019, festejamos también la llegada de cinco nuevos miembros institucionales en Perú: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Universidad Andina del Cusco, Universidad Continental, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos y Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia.

Además, los usuarios peruanos han estado constantemente entre los cinco principales países en consultar el Registro ORCID en los últimos tres años, ¡una gran indicación del beneficio de ORCID para la comunidad!

CONCYTEC y ORCID

CONCYTEC es parte de la comunidad ORCID desde 2015 y fue la primera agencia de financiación gubernamental de América Latina en integrarse con ORCID. Sus integraciones ORCID con DINA (la plataforma nacional de CV, ahora renombrada CTI Vitae) y ALICIA (el repositorio nacional de acceso abierto), permiten a los investigadores importar publicaciones de su registro ORCID a su CTI Vitae, y exportar sus contribuciones de ALICIA a su registro ORCID. Esto significa menos carga administrativa para los investigadores peruanos y mayor visibilidad internacional para la investigación local.

"ORCID es un elemento de primera importancia para la interoperabilidad nacional e internacional de la Red Nacional de Información en los sistemas de CTI, y para aumentar la visibilidad de los investigadores peruanos".

- Dirección de Evaluación y Gestión del Conocimiento (DEGC) - CONCYTEC

El proyecto PerúCRIS 

El proyecto PerúCRIS tiene como objetivo establecer, desarrollar y operar la Red Nacional de Información en CTI, lo que permitirá la consolidación y gestión de la información científica y académica en todo el Perú. También permitirá la generación de estadísticas para apoyar la toma de decisiones, a nivel institucional, regional, sectorial y nacional, además de hacer visibles las actividades, capacidades y producción científica de los investigadores peruanos a nivel mundial.

La construcción de la Red Nacional de Información en CTI requiere la incorporación de mejores prácticas en la gestión de la información de investigación. Para lograr este objetivo, CONCYTEC ha establecido alianzas estratégicas con instituciones clave en la comunidad internacional de ciencia abierta: DURASPACE, euroCRIS, LA Referencia, COAR y ORCID.

 

Campaña de adopción ORCID

En octubre de 2018, CONCYTEC lanzó una campaña para la adopción nacional de ORCID como el identificador persistente único para los investigadores a nivel nacional. Esto significa que se espera que todos los investigadores peruanos tengan un ORCID iD. El proyecto también incluye:

  • Integración ORCID. Inicio de sesión autenticado en CTI Vitae a través de ORCID, más la posibilidad de importar y exportar publicaciones hacia y desde ORCID y CTI Vitae.

  • Entrenamiento ORCID. CONCYTEC ha estado trabajando activamente con las instituciones de investigación peruanas para compartir las mejores prácticas de ORCID para investigadores y sus organizaciones. Este enfoque incluye visitas y capacitación in situ, seminarios web dedicados y seminarios generales. ORCID está trabajando desde 2018 con CONCYTEC en una serie de seminarios web para investigadores y organizaciones, continuando hasta el 2019. Para ver más información, incluido un calendario de actividades y videos, o para registrarse en un próximo seminario web, visite Talleres ORCID.

  • Afiliación institucional y coordinador de afiliación. Esta funcionalidad permite a las instituciones monitorear el avance de la adopción ORCID de sus investigadores.

Trabajo conjunto

En julio del año pasado, CONCYTEC organizó la Primera Reunión de Gestores de Información de CTI, que reunió a representantes de 141 universidades peruanas públicas y privadas, y 25 instituciones públicas de investigación. Representantes de organizaciones clave de América Latina y Europa relacionadas con la gestión de información sobre CTI, incluidas La Referencia, ORCID, EuroCRIS, 4Science, DuraSpace, CINECA y otras, compartieron actualizaciones de tecnología, así como estándares y mejores prácticas en el área.

Unos meses más tarde, en octubre, CONCYTEC y ORCID co-patrocinaron un taller en la Universidad ESAN, en el cual compartimos el progreso hasta la fecha y los planes futuros con la comunidad. Representantes de dos miembros de ORCID en la región - Universidad Autónoma San Luís Potosí (UASLP, México) y Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) - también compartieron sus experiencias de implementación de ORCID.

Durante 2019, CONCYTEC y ORCID están llevando a cabo una serie de seminarios web conjuntos para investigadores y para instituciones de investigación, explicando los beneficios de la membresía a ORCID, y ambas organizaciones también estarán en la conferencia Latmetrics, en Cusco este noviembre próximo.

 

¡Sepa más sobre ORCID y CONCYTEC en este excelente video que CONCYTEC preparó sobre nuestro trabajo juntos!

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas: un precursor

La UPC fue uno de nuestros primeros miembros en América Latina, y el segundo en Perú, se unió a ORCID en 2016. Una de las primeras acciones de UPC fue integrar ORCID con el repositorio digital institucional, por lo que es obligatorio para todos los investigadores, al depositar tesis y disertaciones, tener y compartir su ORCID iD, y así facilitar a los autores el registro de sus obras. Este proyecto incluyó la producción de campañas y material para facilitar la creación de ORCID iDs por parte de los investigadores.

Como resultado de esa directiva, hoy la UPC tiene más de 2000 investigadores que cuentan con su ORCID iD, lo que a su vez permitió las siguientes acciones:

  • Adopción de un identificador único para usuarios en el contexto digital de la Universidad;

  • Estandarización de nombres de usuario al registrar información en sistemas de información académicos y de investigación;

  • Generación de una cultura organizacional que permite a los usuarios mantener una forma única de registrar la autoría de su trabajo;

  • Las publicaciones científicas de la UPC desarrollaron una política de incluir los IDs ORCID del autor.

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Libio Huaroto es el Jefe de Repositorios en UPC, un experto en gestión de repositorios y un entusiasta de ORCID:

"Indudablemente, la incorporación de ORCID y otros identificadores en los procesos académicos y editoriales de la Universidad han mejorado el trabajo de investigación, facilitado su difusión y mejorado su seguimiento".

 

Con todas estas excelentes noticias que contar, ¡estamos muy contentos deseguir trabajando en la construcción de la comunidad ORCID en Perú y de ayudar a establecer nuestro segundo consorcio en América Latina!

 

1 Fuente: CONCYTEC (https://perucris.concytec.gob.pe/adopcion-orcid)

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