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NIHR begins roll out of mandatory ORCID iD requirement

From today (Wednesday 23 September 2015) , a digital identifier that distinguishes researchers – an ORCID iD – will become mandatory for all new NIHR personal award applications.

An ORCID iD is a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) containing a unique 16-digit number, which is available to researchers through registering on the Open Researcher and Contributors ID (ORCID) repository; an open, not-for-profit, community-driven initiative to resolve authorship confusion in scholarly work. Researchers can use this unique identifier to correctly distinguish their publications and other research activities from others who may have the same, or similar, name.

Making the ORCID iD mandatory will introduce valuable distinguishable information and increase the effectiveness and accuracy of the analysis of outputs in order to demonstrate the impact of NIHR research. In the longer term, with the introduction of functionality to enable information to pass between the NIHR’s own information systems and ORCID, the NIHR will be able to reduce the administrative burden for researchers having to fill in the same information in multiple locations for applications and reports.

As more institutions and funders sign up to ORCID, the more effective it will become and the more efficient it will be in sharing information between these systems in order to speed up application and reporting processes.

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Differences between ORCID and DataCite Metadata

One of the first tasks for DataCite in the European Commission-funded THOR project that started in June was to contribute to a comparison of the ORCID and DataCite metadata standards. Together with ORCID, CERN, the British Library and Dryad we looked at how contributors, organizations and artefacts – and the relations between them – are described in the respective metadata schemata, and how they are implemented in two example data repositories, Archaeology Data Service and Dryad Digital Repository. The focus of our work was on identifying major gaps. Our report was finished and made publicly available via http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.30799 last week . The key findings are summarized. Read more…

Who are you? Recognising researchers with ORCID identifiers

The Wellcome Trust are happy to announce that they are about to start mandating ORCID as part of their grant application process. Starting in August 2015, they will ask all applicants to provide an ORCID iD when they sign up with their grant application system.

The simplicity of a single profile, however, belies its true power: as plumbing. By allocating and centralising the identities of researchers, systems which previously could not exchange flows of data now can. By moving from full names to unique identifiers (referring to Dr Craig Roberts as 0000-0002-9641-6101, rather than “C. Roberts”) different interested parties can start reliably talking about the same people, which is a vital first step toward any deeper understanding of researchers, artists, and their activities.

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Cite peer review activities, with ORCID.

Peer review is an essential component of the research and scholarly lifecycle. And yet, researcher peer review activities are rarely acknowledged as a fundamental contribution to research. ORCID and F1000 partnered to develop a practical means to cite peer review activities, based on a standard set of terms and the use of persistent identifiers. Read…

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