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Using Identifiers to Capture and Expose Facilities Use

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 - 13:10 UTC

User facilities - from research facilities housing specialized equipment, to repositories and field stations that house physical collections - and their government sponsors stand to benefit from improved acknowledgement of their use and a better understanding of the impact generated by work undertaken with their support.

Working Group

The User Facilities and Publications Working Group was convened by ORCID in 2017 to investigate how user facilities, publishers, and scholarly infrastructure providers can collaborate to streamline the sharing of information between researchers, user facilities, and publishers, to improve the capture of outputs from these facilities, and to lessen reporting burdens on researchers. The ad hoc group grew out of a number of community conversations with the US Department of Energy (DOE), Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF; formerly, the National User Facility Organization), CHORUS, and user facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL).

The group had three objectives: to bring together publishers and facilities to better understand research, publication, and reporting workflows; to define terms to enable conversation; and to identify opportunities for working together to streamline and, where possible, automate impact reporting.


The group first met in May 2017, with representatives from four DOE National Laboratories, publishers, US federal agencies, and infrastructure providers. Together, the group analyzed workflows, technologies, and standards in use by user facilities and publishers, and identified key points at which information could be shared or made available to other systems.  We shared our work with other facilities including CERN, the Smithsonian Institution, and the US Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections, for their input on our findings. Taken as a whole, the work of the group suggests a route to improved attribution and acknowledgement of research support, and better tools for the capture and analysis of that information.

The core findings of the group were that:

  • Researchers do not often report on their use of facilities or specialized equipment when they are publishing papers, datasets, or other research results. When they do, it is usually in the acknowledgements section of a paper and not in a standardized form.
  • Publishers do not often collect information on user facilities, instead focusing on funding sources for the published work that are related to journal article access policies.
  • User facilities require researchers to acknowledge use, but there is both a lag between use and publication and no general standard for citing usage.
  • Differing understanding of terms such as “author”, “user”, and “funding” among stakeholders present barriers to effective reporting.
  • All of the stakeholders see value in using APIs and persistent identifiers, including ORCID iDs and DOIs, to enable reporting processes.

The group identified several opportunities for user facilities and their sponsors, publishers, and researchers to improve the current capture and assessment of the impact of these facilities on the research enterprise. These are articulated in a report that specifies actions that each stakeholder group could take to move the research community toward this goal. The working group recognizes that the greatest impact will come from stakeholders working collectively and collaboratively. You can learn more at our presentation at PIDapalooza in January - slides will be available after the event.

Pilot Projects

The group has defined two pilot projects, to which we invite community participation!

One project targets processes at facilities, to integrate identifiers into user facility proposal submission or site access requests. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Brookhaven National Laboratory have already begun to integrate ORCID into their proposal processes.

For example, The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at ORNL has been using ORCID since October 2015, starting with requesting the identifier from users and workshop participants.  The NScD User Program awards beam time for ORNL’s neutron sources, the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). All current and potential SNS and HFIR users are asked for their ORCiD when registering at the ORNL User Portal, which they must do to submit a proposal for beam time or request facility access when coming on site.  Researchers participating in sponsored schools, meetings and workshops are also asked to provide their ORCiD when registering for an event. These efforts have enabled NScD to develop a database of users and their unique identifiers. This information has given NScD the ability to push beam time award notices to a user’s ORCiD record under funding and track the return on investment of researchers attending workshops and schools and returning as facility users.



In the near future, the NScD User Program plans to push notices to a user’s ORCID record for distinctions and services to ORNL including the NScD Scientific Review Committee, SNS HFIR User Group (SHUG) Executive Committee, and Neutron Advisory Board to a researcher’s profile, and to link instrument publications to the facility through a researcher’s ORCID iD.

The other project targets manuscript submission processes to integrate award and facility IDs into the manuscript publication process. As a first step in supporting capture of facilities information in journal publication processes, the group has submitted a request to the JATS working group to extend the XML metadata specification for journal submission, a first step in supporting capture of facilities information in journal publication processes.

We invite you to comment on the report, and join the group in testing out the proposals in a series of pilot projects.

Please contact me if you’d like more information.


Announcing the #PIDapalooza18 Lineup!

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 - 20:27 UTC

PIDs’R’Us and, if they’re you too, please join us in Girona, Spain, on January 23-24 for two days of PID-filled discussions and celebrations. Together, we will do the impossible - make a meeting about persistent identifiers and networked research fun!

PIDapalooza is for everyone involved in creating or using persistent identifiers and, with more than half the places already booked, now’s the time to register.  Like the original PIDapalooza, the pace at the second open festival for persistent identifiers will be fast, the participants engaged, and the atmosphere welcoming.

Brought to you once again by California Digital Library, Crossref, DataCite, and ORCID, sessions are organized around eight broad topics:

  1. 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?
  2. Achieving persistence. So many factors affect persistence: mission, oversight, funding, succession, redundancy, governance. Is open infrastructure for scholarly communication the key to achieving persistence?
  3. 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?
  4. Legacy PIDs. There are 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?
  5. Bridging worlds. 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?
  6. 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 does it mean to build a pedagogy for PIDs?
  7. PID stories. Which strategies worked? Which strategies failed? Tell us your horror stories! Share your victories!
  8. 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, preprints, data sets) or live data feeds?

The program is close to final and there’s something for everyone - from Do Researchers Need to Care about PID Systems? to Stories from the PID Roadies: Scholix; and from The Bollockschain and other PID Hallucinations to #ResInfoCitizenshipIs?

There will also be plenaries by Johanna McEntyre on As a [biologist] I want to [reuse and remix data] so that I can [do my research] and Melissa Haendel (title to be confirmed).

ORCID staff are getting in on the act too, participating in sessions including Anticipation, Action, Awareness: A PID Communications Template For All, Capturing Facilities: PID Recommendations for Identifying Scientific Equipment and Infrastructure, Developers Love PIDs!, Developing PIDs in Developing Regions, Metadata 2020: Harnessing PID Power for the Greater Good, OrdID Update, PIDs in Practice: Peer Review, PID-U-Like, and The Ideal Persistent Identifier World.

We hope to see you in January - register here now!


Collect & Connect using CRIS systems

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 - 00:00 UTC

This month we share with you how simple it is for members using ORCID-enabled CRIS systems to be awarded Collect & Connect badges. In particular, we highlight how some of these systems can also be used to assert affiliation for your faculty, staff, students, and alumni on their ORCID records -- something that, as outlined in this recent post on Building Information Infrastructure with Research Institutions, we strongly encourage our research institution members to do.

Our community team recently reviewed the following five ORCID member CRIS system integrations and confirmed that they meet the technical elements of one or more Collect & Connect badges, awarded to integrations that meet ORCID’s best practice guidelines.

Converis: (Clarivate Analytics) 

Members using Converis version 5.10.5 or higher may qualify for badges up to and including Collect

ORCID members can set up your Converis installation to allow researchers to link their ORCID iD to their Converis account. Converis also allows researchers to synchronize research works data between their ORCID and Converis records. We are working with Clarivate Analytics to update the ORCID iD display within Converis, which will then allow members using the system to qualify for Collect & Connect badges up to and including Synchronize. Converis isn’t currently configured to push affiliation data to researchers records, but Clarivate is now analyzing this work request.

Faculty180 (Interfolio)  

Members using Faculty180 may qualify for badges up to Collect

ORCID members can configure Faculty180 to allow researchers to link their ORCID iD to their faculty account and transfer their scholarly activities between the two systems. We are working with Interfolio regarding the ORCID iD display in Faculty180, which will then allow members using this system to qualify for badges up to and including Connect.

IRMA (University Office) 

Members using IRMA may qualify for badges up to and including Display

ORCID members can configure IRMA to allow researchers to create an ORCID iD, link their ORCID iD and gather identifiers from their ORCID records. IRMA allows for historical ORCID iDs to be recorded for a researcher as well as recording ORCID iDs for collaborating researchers in IRMA. IRMA’s next release will be updated to API 2.0 and is expected to enable institutions to assert data in researchers’ ORCID records.

Pure (Elsevier)  

Members using Pure version 5.9.0 or higher may qualify for badges up to and including Connect   

ORCID members can configure Pure to allow researchers to create an ORCID iD or link to their existing ORCID record. We strongly encourage members to enable the export feature within PURE, which allows them to assert your researchers’ affiliation with your organization, add works to your researchers’ ORCID records, and link to their public portal page.

Symplectic Elements (Digital Science)

Members using Elements version 5.6 or higher can qualify for badges up to and including Connect

ORCID members can configure Elements to allow their researchers to link to their ORCID iD to their Elements account. Once the connection is made, Elements gathers persistent identifiers (PIDs), such as DOIs, from their researchers’ ORCID records and uses these to query verified scholarly data sources and claim works on the researcher's behalf. Symplectic are currently consulting with their client base, which include a number of consortia, about how best  to push affiliations to researchers’ ORCID records -- the first consultation will take place at their Australasian user meeting in Melbourne at the end of January.

How can my organization be awarded our Collect and Connect badges?

Member organizations using any of these five systems are eligible for your own Collect & Connect badges (up to the level indicated above) when you also meet our communications requirements:

  • Explain the benefits of having an ORCID iD for faculty, staff, and students to enable them to understand why and how to register for one and use it
  • Explain how your ORCID integration helps users so they understand why you’re collecting iDs
  • Explain the benefits of including ORCID iDs at your site to demonstrate the broader benefits of ORCID in your organization/sector
  • Use the ORCID member logo on any web pages that describe your system's connection to ORCID to demonstrate your support (please contact us for the member logo and guidelines)
  • Explain the benefits of your system connections with ORCID

You can use our communication resources for more information on how to comply with the communications requirements for the Collect & Connect program or contact us if you have any questions.

If you are using one of these systems and believe you meet our communications requirements, please contact our community team, who will review your integration and award you with your own Collect & Connect badges.

Please visit our ORCID-enabled systems page for more details and updates on these and other third-party integrations.


Announcing API 2.1 - ORCID iDs are now HTTPS!

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 - 19:57 UTC

We are delighted to announce that the latest version of our API - version 2.1 - is now live. This version fully supports the canonical form of the ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1825-0097. The launch of API 2.1, which makes HTTPS ORCID iDs supported in the Registry, helps us as we strive to build a reliable Registry that secures your information and protects against vulnerabilities. There are no other functional changes to API calls or the XSD in this release.

What do I need to do?

If you’ve already upgraded to 2.0 or are in the process of doing so, no action is needed as we will continue to support both 2.0 and 2.1 for the foreseeable future. If you’re interested in moving to 2.1 in order to benefit from HTTPS ORCID iDs, please contact support@orcid.org.

If you are currently developing an ORCID integration, we encourage, but do not require, you to develop using API 2.1 to enable your workflows to benefit from HTTPS ORCID iDs.

If you are already displaying ORCID iDs, we recommend that you switch to the HTTPS version of the ORCID iD. See our updated Trademark and iD Display Guidelines.

If you haven’t yet started your ORCID integration, we encourage you to do so using API 2.1.

Please note that display of HTTPS ORCID iDs will be required to meet the Display element of our Collect & Connect program from 2018 onward. See our updated API documentation.

For more information, please see The Canonical Form of the ORCID iD Is Coming and, if you have any questions, please contact support@orcid.org.


Teaming with ORCID to Reduce Burden and Improve Transparency

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 - 13:54 UTC

First published on the NIH Office of Extramural Research blog, Open Mike, and reproduced here with their kind permission.

As you know, our NIH Strategic Plan articulated an objective to “excel as a federal science agency by managing for results,” and to manage by results we must harness the power of data to drive evidence-based policies. Sometimes, however, our world can be complicated by requirements to enter the same types of data repeatedly in one system after another. These situations do have an upside: they provide us the opportunity to look for opportunities to simplify.

If you are a researcher, you may have experienced the need to provide information about yourself, your work, the products of your work, and other basic profile information in one or more university, journal, society, or hospital-based systems. You may also be entering that information into your eRA Commons profile, profile systems for other Federal agencies, systems for non-Federal funders, publisher systems, and more. Each system asks for somewhat different information, making the data fragmented, burdensome to maintain, and hard to use. To address this complex issue, NIH has been exploring ways to better leverage data already available in the research sector.

One organization that may be able to help is ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification). ORCID is a not-for profit organization that assigns unique persistent identifiers to researchers that supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities with the goal of helping people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis. Over 7000 journals use ORCID as part of their workflow, and – with the user’s permission – can automatically populate ORCID user accounts with citations when they publish.

ORCID’s user base has rapidly grown since 2012 (Figure 1) and is now more than ten times larger than the user base for our electronic Research Administration (eRA) system. NIH applicants can already link SciENcv (Science Expert Network Curriculum Vitae) with their ORCID account to simplify the creation of a biosketch.

Figure 1: Graph used with permission from ORCID.

We are excited to announce an expanded integration with ORCID. eRA Commons is establishing a real-time link with ORCID, which allows users to associate ORCID with their eRA account. We encourage investigators who have not done so already to go ahead and create an ORCID profile, which takes about 30 seconds (creating a fully-fleshed out profile will take some more time). Next, link your ORCID profile to your eRA Commons account for continued success of this activity. Those who participate should expect to see additional functionality over time, such as assistance completing NIH applications and reporting requirements as well as allowing public data on NIH grant awards to populate ORCID.

Further, NIH and other funders are collaborating on the ORCID Reducing Burden and Improving Impact Tracking (ORBIT) project. This effort will expand the ORCID data model beyond publications to data elements typically found on a CV, such as grants, courses taught, presentations, and other research products.

ORCID promises to serve as a hub for these data. Users will be able to link their faculty profile, publisher, and funder accounts to ORCID. Moreover, ORCID will be able to verify and exchange data across all these systems, reducing burden for the user.

We also foresee science networking services using these data, leading to more efficient and equitable ways for people to find reviewers, collaborators, and mentors. Moreover, this richer data will make it easier for the scientific community to create measures and incentives for better scientific practices such as openness, rigor, and impact. Combined with other strategies underway and with feedback from the research community, we can further ensure NIH remains proper stewards of taxpayer funds.

Interested in hearing more about the partnership between NIH and ORCID? If so, we invite staff at institutions who manage faculty profile systems to join us for a webinar on Thursday, November 16th.


Getting to Know You, Part 2: ORCID’s 2017 Consortia Survey

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 - 15:44 UTC

ORCID’s consortia program was launched in late 2014, with the goal of helping ORCID adoption and integration to scale nationally and regionally. ORCID consortia – groups of five or more not-for-profit organizations from a single country – qualify for an increasingly deep member fee discount (depending on size) that effectively allows them to benefit from premium membership for around the cost of basic membership. We provide this discount to encourage the development of communities of practice around the world, led by our consortia partners.

Three years later, and with 457 (63%)  of our members now joining through consortia, we wanted to learn more about their experiences and expectations of ORCID. In particular, we wanted to establish how well they understand – and have committed to helping us meet – our goal of developing national and regional ORCID communities of practice that will enable researchers to spend more timing making contributions and less time managing them

Our consortia survey was open between May 10 - June 28, 2017, and was sent to contacts at all 16 (at that time) ORCID consortia lead organizations. Sixteen people, representing 12 consortia, responded to the survey.

What did we learn?
  • The reasons for forming a consortium varied widely, and were related to how the consortium viewed their role in providing support staff. Discounted ORCID membership was #1 (ranked 2.67 of a possible 3), closely followed by achieving economies of scale through a coordinated approach to using ORCID among consortium members, and increased awareness of ORCID by researchers and others (both 2.33/3)
  • Most consortia had specific goals for their consortium, but many didn’t have a formal policy document or governing body to enable tracking their progress toward achieving those goals
  • Embedding identifiers in research workflows and information systems is a central goal of ORCID consortia members. Research information management (RIM) systems and institutional repositories were the most popular integration types, with some consortia taking a centralized approach and others a more distributed approach.
  • Respondents viewed the main barriers to increasing adoption of ORCID in their community as a more or less equal mix of social and technological challenges, including engagement of researchers, access to IT resources, and support by vendor systems.
  • Outreach is a core function of ORCID consortia, and several respondents reported improvements in community engagement after consortium launch, through a variety of outreach programs
  • ORCID provides a number of resources and services to our community.  Consortia appreciated the quality of our staff interactions, but would like easier access to outreach resources and more help facilitating communication between members and consortia about effective practices
What next?

Both ORCID and our consortia have room for improvement, and we are committed to working with our consortia partners to develop successful ORCID communities of practice. We are taking action in four key areas to start to address these needs:

  1. Documentation. We have already started to make improvements to our documentation and materials, including the recent launch of our new education and outreach materials for users
  2. Policy. We will shortly be updating the membership pages on our website to clarify our expectations of and commitment to consortia, as well as updating our consortium membership agreement and introducing an onboarding checklist
  3. Community.  We are launching an annual face-to-face event for consortia leaders, starting with our first consortium workshop in Lisbon, Portugal in January 2018. We will continue conversations started at these workshops on our online community forum
  4. Administration. To help consortia more quickly and easily share and manage information about their members, we are currently beta-testing new functionality that provides real-time access to our member management platform

The full consortia survey report is available in the ORCID repository


Getting to Know You, Part 1: ORCID’s 2017 Community Survey

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 - 00:00 UTC

In 2015, we carried out our first community survey, to learn more about you, our members and users, including why and how you were interacting with ORCID.  Two years on, our 2017 community survey covered much of the same ground and added some new questions. And we also carried out our first consortia survey this year, to find out more about the needs and expectations of our consortium lead organizations. Today’s post focuses on what we learned from our community survey.


The community survey ran from May 31 - July 14, 2017; 2,517 people responded, most via a link on the ORCID Registry home page. We received 1,776 completed surveys (70.5% of the total). Respondents were evenly distributed across the early, mid, and senior career stage with a similar disciplinary distribution to those of the 2015 survey. Compared to 2015, we received more responses from Central/South America, the Middle East, and in particular, Asia; and fewer from Canada/USA. This was due in part to promoting the survey more actively in Asia, particularly via social media in China. In addition, ORCID is now more established in Latin America and the Middle East than two years ago.

What did we learn?
  • Discovery: Organizational membership, system integrations, and advocacy are the main drivers of ORCID awareness and adoption across all career levels, regions, and disciplines
  • Awareness: Compared with 2015, there is increased awareness of key messages related to ORCID and ORCID iDs, especially among respondents who don’t have an iD (up to 50% higher in some cases)
  • Reasons for registering: Over half (54.6%) of respondents did so because their publisher (544), funder (227), or institution (233) required an iD. Other key reasons were to link all their publications under a common identifier, and to make it easier for readers to find their work (ranked 3.5/4 and 3.46/4 respectively)
  • ORCID usage: More respondents are adding data to their ORCID record across all categories than in 2015, with education (16.9% increase) and works (10.6%) showing most growth. Only 10.3% of respondents in 2017 indicated that they do not use their ORCID iD, compared with 25.6% in 2015. Use of ORCID in publications workflows remains the most common use case
  • Updating ORCID records: 40% of respondents use Crossref and/or DataCite auto-update, and 66% of respondents have manually populated at least some items on their ORCID records
  • ORCID mandates: 85.9% of respondents now agree or strongly agree that requiring the use of ORCID iDs is beneficial to the global research community, compared with 72.2% of 2015 respondents
  • ORCID help: The ORCID website is the top source of help for nearly half of all respondents (47.3%), followed by the support team (30.5%).
  • Brand attributes: In 2017, 83.1% of respondents “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that ORCID is essential, compared with 48.8% in 2015. The top five attributes associated with ORCID  are ‘open’, ‘global’, ‘efficient’, ‘easy to work with’, and ‘essential’ - similar to 2015, but with a notable increase for ‘efficient’ and ‘essential’
  • Net Promoter Score: 35.3 (55.6% of all respondents were Promoters, 24.1% were Passive, and 20.3% Detractors, n= 1,563)
What next?

We are delighted that this survey shows continued - and increasing - goodwill toward ORCID.  At the same time, there are some clear indications for improvement.

Awareness. Although community awareness of ORCID and key messages about the organization have increased since the 2015 survey was conducted, there is work to do in specific disciplines and regions.  We are adjusting our activities to improve our engagement with these communities.

Messaging. Some respondents raised concerns in the free text responses about our purpose and functionality, often as a result of misunderstandings. We continue to work on clear and consistent messaging, including  improved education and outreach resources for users.

User experience. Free text feedback from some respondents indicated that we need to make it easier for users to add information to their ORCID record.  We have been working to streamline the user experience through user interface and integration certification efforts.  In 2018, our development plan includes work to improve manual and automated record update processes.

The full report and anonymized dataset are available in the ORCID repository.


Meet ORCID Member, Orangenius

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 - 01:31 UTC

Orangenius is our first member organization specifically focused on art and artists. Founder and CEO, Grace Cho, tells us more about her company and explains why and how they're integrating ORCID in the Orangenius platform.

Please can you tell us a bit about Orangenius - what your organization does and your role there?

A platform created for artists, by artists, Orangenius was designed to put control back into the creator's hands. It's our mission to empower our members with the business tools and educational resources they need to thrive in the creative economy.

We believe that every single artist has the capacity to succeed when armed with the right resources. In founding Orangenius, we've created a platform that can help guide artists through the strategic, financial, legal, and operational aspects of their business.

As the founder and CEO of Orangenius, my goal is to help dispel the myth of the starving artist. I believe all creators have the capacity to succeed when armed with the right tools and strategic advice.

When and why did Orangenius get involved with ORCID?

Orangenius got involved with ORCID in 2016 because we felt that your unique identifier model would be an interesting application for the arts.  First, there is the obvious opportunity to use unique identifiers to record research papers, books and articles in Arts and Humanities.  Secondly, a very intriguing application is that artists are constantly creating new works, and they are sharing those works online.  We think it's a fascinating idea that each artist might be assigned an identifier that would allow patrons to link particular works to their creators.

How does Orangenius use ORCID? 

In the Bio section of the platform, Orangenius members who have an ORCID iD can record and share their ID with anyone who visits their profile.  Orangenius members who would like to learn more about ORCID can easily do so via the link provided in the Edit function of the Bio page.

What are your future plans for ORCID? 

We want to fully integrate ORCID with the Orangenius platform, so that Orangenius members are automatically assigned a digital identifier the moment their profile is created on our site.  Additionally, as Orangenius members actively publish their works, the recordation of those events can be integrated between the two platforms. Members can then choose what information from their ORCID record should be showing on their public Orangenius profiles.

What impact has ORCID had in your community?

ORCID has changed the landscape for many researchers as a way of allowing them to identify their work across multiple platforms. ORCID can have a significant impact on artists and art historians, who showcase their work online. ORCID IDs can also function as an added protection for Orangenius artists, who often find others using their work without giving the appropriate credit. With an ORCID partnership, we have the opportunity to educate, train, and inform creatives in the Arts and Humanities field.

What can we do to improve our support for your community?

It would be wonderful to see art historians and curators, who frequently publish extensive research papers and curatorial think pieces, begin using ORCID as an essential resource for keeping a record of their work. In addition, we believe visual artists can benefit from ORCID IDs as an added protection to their creative works. To assist with adoption by the Arts and Humanities community, it would be helpful for ORCID to provide online resources adapted for the arts community. Orangenius is looking forward to working with the ORCID team in the weeks ahead.

What's your favorite ORCID success story?

Lets us imagine for a moment.  What we have found is that curious people are creative people.  Many professionals in business and STEM worlds are also excellent artists or art enthusiasts who take their passion seriously. Wouldn't it be amazing to have ORCID and Orangenius capture all their achievements?

Which three words best describe ORCID for you?

Security.  Attribution.  Global.



Announcing HRA - A Different Kind of ORCID Consortium

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 - 20:22 UTC

Non-profit l funding organizations who participate in the Health Research Alliance (HRA) are joining together to form a new ORCID consortium.  This is our first fully-funder consortium, and a powerful example of how funding organizations coordinating around ORCID integration can realize substantial gains for researchers and program evaluation.

Led by the HRA, the new consortium members plan to leverage ORCID integration into the grants application process to improve the ease of the application and reporting process for their grantees and enable timely and accurate notification of research outputs to program managers.  Ultimately, this will help members better understand the impact of their funding programs, both within and across the consortium. This consortium approach is especially relevant for researchers who receive funding from multiple sources, taking what individual funders have been doing with ORCID to a network level.  

The consortium formed under the guidance of Maryrose Franko, the Executive Director of HRA.  “Funders are thrilled by the fact that they don’t have to wait to hear about a publication or a patent filing until the annual progress report gets submitted. ORCID integration in funder systems will significantly decrease the burden on researchers (and dramatically increase the accuracy) in entering the same employment, education, publication, previous funding (etc) information on applications. We fully expect to see the consortium grow from the initial 12 members.”

ORCID’s consortia program, launched in 2015, now includes 17 consortia, 14 of which are national-scale ORCID adoption and implementation efforts involving primarily research institutions. The HRA consortium is particularly timely, launching as ORCID gears up to support a funder-focused program of activities in 2018.  ORCID’s earliest supporters included funders such as the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Wellcome Trust (UK) - both of which are also represented on our Board.  HRA’s ORCID consortium builds on our existing funder membership of 24 funders plus a further 20 government organizations, many of which also provide funding to researchers.

The HRA’s ORCID consortium has contracted with Altum, Inc., a recognized leader in grants management solutions, to provide consortium outreach and technical support in accordance with ORCID’s Collect and Connect guidelines: collecting ORCID iDs and record update permissions from researchers as they apply for funding; storing these iDs in the grants system; including the iD in the grant award information; enabling auto-update of the grantee’s ORCID record; and receiving updates from ORCID as grantees use their iD to share their work in other research systems.  Together, these system integrations take us a step closer toward our “enter once, reuse often” goal, freeing researchers to spend more time making contributions and less time managing them.

Recognizing the benefits of broad adoption of ORCID across funder systems, HRA and Altum are promoting and supporting ORCID integrations across the many grants management platforms used by the HRA consortium’s member organizations, including Altum’s proposalCENTRAL and Easygrants, Blackbaud GIFTS and GIFTS Online, CC Technology CC Grant Tracker, Smart Simple GMS360°, and several custom platforms.   

Altum’s proposalCENTRAL platform is used many of the consortium members and more than 100 other funders. Establishing a benchmark among funder systems, proposalCENTRAL enables researchers to reuse information in their ORCID profile to complete applications and progress reports.  Additional ORCID integrations within the platform are being rolled out by Altum in phases over the next few months to enable researchers to receive information about their funded projects into their ORCID record at the time of award, and to enable funders to receive alerts as grantees (and grantee alumni) publish research findings and receive new grant awards.

HRA members joining the ORCID consortium are enthusiastic about the benefits and value of ORCID membership to their mission and funding programs, as typified by Lorraine Egan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, who said of the new consortium: “The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is excited to be able to streamline information about its grant recipients and track their success into the future.  It’s good for the scientists we support, good for Damon Runyon and good for the biomedical research ecosystem as a whole.”

Look out for more information about ORCID and funding organizations in the coming weeks and months!