The ORCID community includes individual researchers, universities, national laboratories, commercial research organizations, research funders, publishers, national science agencies, data repositories, and international professional societies, all of whom have been critically affected by the lack of a central registry for researchers. Prior to the launch of ORCID, over 300 organizations had registered their support for ORCID, and 50 of these provided start-up financial support. Since launch, a number and variety of organizations are integrating ORCID identifiers into their research workflows, using the application programming interfaces (APIs) ORCID has made available.
ORCID has set up groups in each area to guide and support the evolution and ongoing development of the ORCID system. These are structured to facilitate broad and open participation of interested community members, provide opportunities to participate with different levels of time commitment according to interest and expertise, and provide ORCID guidance on priorities and execution of specific plans. ORCID encourages and welcomes community involvement in our Business, Outreach and Technical activities, including Steering Groups, Working Groups, and Community Groups. Through community participation, we better understand your needs and requirements so that we can prioritize, plan, and implement features and tools to support you.
ORCID Steering Groups provide input and guidance to the Executive Director overall strategy and priority setting. At the discretion of the Executive Director, key recommendations will be brought before the ORCID Board for review and vote. Steering Group membership is by appointment by the Executive Director after consultation with the ORCID Executive Committee, and must include at least one Board member.
Steering Groups may create ad hoc Working Groups as needed to work on specific tasks and deliverables. Working Group membership is drawn from active members of the ORCID community and is by appointment by the Director and Steering Group Chair.
ORCID Business Groups
Business Steering Group
The Business Steering Group (BSG) is responsible for reviewing membership policies and budget models, and investigating funding options to ensure the short and long-term sustainability of ORCID. It makes recommendations on these matters to the Board. The BSG coordinates its work with the Technical Steering Group (TSG) and the Outreach Steering Group (OSG) so that membership policies are aligned with the technical development of the ORCID system and a consistent message is provided to ORCID and the wider research community.
Current BSG members:
- Lisa Schiff, California Digital Library (Co-chair)
- Craig Van Dyck, Wiley-Blackwell (Co-chair)
- Diane Geraci, MIT Libraries
- Gregg Gordon, SSRN
- Karen Hunter, Elsevier
- Dave Kochalko, Thomson Reuters
- Salvatore Mele, CERN
- Howard Ratner, Nature Publishing Group
ORCID Outreach Groups
Outreach Steering Group
The Outreach Steering Group (OSG) is responsible for fostering discussion and collaboration among the ORCID community. The OWG helps to build relationships with stakeholders, organizes bi-annual Outreach meetings, and creates outreach messaging, content, and materials.
Current OSG members:
- Amy Brand, Harvard University (Chair)
- Josh Brown, CERN
- Martin Fenner, PLOS and ORCID EU
- Maryrose Franko, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Consol Garcia, Universitat Politechnica de Catalunya
- Rennie Guida, IEEE
- Kristi Holmes, The Washington University of St. Louis and VIVO
- Nobuko Miyairi, Nature Asia
- Bernie Rous, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
- Melanie Sinche, Harvard University and National Postdoc Association (NPA)
- Gene Sprouse, American Physical Society (APS)
ORCID Technical Groups
Technical Steering Group (TSG)
The Technical Steering Group provides input and recommendations to the Executive Director on overall technical strategy and priority setting. The Steering Group will create Technical Working Groups as needed to work on specific tasks and deliverables. This group is led by ORCID’s Technical Director and the Group Chair. The Group may create Working Groups to address specific technical challenges.
Current TSG members:
- Chris Shillum, Elsevier (Chair)
- Laura Paglione, ORCID Technical Director
- Micah Altman, MIT
- Geoff Bilder, CrossRef
- Adrian Burton, Australian National Data Service
- Pablo de Castro, GrandIR and UKRepNet/EDINA
- Janifer Gatenby, OCLC and ISNI
- Victor Henning, Mendeley
- Howard Ratner, Nature
- Walter T. Schaffer, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Geraldo Sorte, Coordenação Geral de Informática - CGINF/DGTI (LATTES Platform)
- Simeon Warner, Cornell University
Technical Working Groups
Technical Working Groups are brought together for fixed, short periods of time to work on very specific tasks. Individuals participating in these groups are expected to have the time, interest, and commitment to participate in the production of deliverables assigned to the group.
These groups will work on topics of strategic importance determined by the Technical Steering Group in consultation with the Executive Director and ORCID Board. It is expected that no more than 5 working groups will convene each year. The size and composition of group participation will be dependent on the group’s task.
ORCID Technical Community
The ORCID Technical Community is open to anyone who is interested in participating in technical discussions about the ORCID Registry and APIs. The Technical Community is the foundation of the ORCID Open Source community.