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ORCID is pleased to announce the nine project partners who will be participating in the ORCID Adoption and Integration (A&I) Program, which provides external funding for North American universities and science and social science professional associations to integrate ORCID identifiers, supports the elicitation and documentation of use cases and open source code, and establishes a collaborative venue for disseminating best practices. This program is made possible through support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Project partners were selected following a competitive solicitation, and represent a breadth of use cases: institutional and data repositories, researcher profile systems, electronic theses and dissertations, professional society integrations, and a biological data center. In addition to receiving direct grant funds for their projects, ORCID will provide in-person support to elicit use cases, priority technical and development support to ensure the ORCID system supports integration use cases, and opportunities for program participants to directly collaborate through regular interactions with each other and the ORCID team.

Please save the date for the Spring 2014 ORCID Outreach Meeting to be held in Chicago on May 21-22 (open and free to the public) where grantees will be demonstrating their prototype integrations. In addition, partnering institutions will complete their integrations by August 2014, share integration source code and lessons learned with the ORCID community, and serve as reference sites for similar integrations.

The following nine projects were awarded grants:

  • Boston University, to directly integrate ORCID into the upcoming release of Profiles, available to 30+ institutions using this researcher profile platform; expand adoption beyond faculty to postdocs, graduate students and undergrads; and establish a Wiki to support ORCID resource sharing.  
  • Cornell University, for integration into the VIVO open source researcher profiling system, first at Cornell and then in VIVO source code available to other VIVO users
  • University of Notre Dame, for integration of ORCID identifiers into the UND Institutional Repository (IR) and creation of a Hydra ORCID Integrator Plug-in that can be re-used by any Project Hydra institution implementing the Hydra stack/Fedora Commons open source IR tool. 
  • Purdue University, for integration of ORCID identifiers into HUBzero open source platform for supporting research collaboration, including research data life cycle management, open educational resources, and data archival and citation support. The integration will be piloted on three different HUBzero instances: nanoHUB, the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), and HABRI Central and integration source code will be available to the other 50+ institutions using HUBzero.
  • Reactome, for integration of ORCID identifiers into an international biological pathways knowledge base data center.
  • Society for Neuroscience, for integration of ORCID identifiers into its Association Management System (AMS) (Personify) to support management of information about its 42,000 members. 
  • Texas A&M University, for integrating ORCID identifiers into the open source Vireo electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) workflow, the university's digital repository, and the internally-used VIVO profile system.  TAMU will develop outreach materials for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and will disseminate project outcomes to the ETD and repository communities. 
  • University of Colorado, for integration of ORCID identifiers into their Faculty information System (FIS) to support access and reporting at CUBoulder and CU-Colorado Springs; support the FIS publication data ingest process using Symplectic Elements and other sources; and share ORCID iDs through SPARQL endpoint with the American Psychological Association. 
  • University of Missouri, for integration of ORCID identifiers into the DSpace open source institutional repository application (in collaboration with @mire) and the UM MOSpace institutional repository, and for development and testing of graduate student outreach materials. 

Project partners are excited to begin work integrating ORCID identifiers, citing the opportunities to engage faculty and students, archive research, and better understand and track research outputs. John Wang, Associate University Librarian at Notre Dame University said, "ORCID scales the Hesburgh libraries' capacity to curate faculty publications and other research work, and makes it possible to manage provenance, attribution, and authority control in the Digital Age." Karen Butler-Purry, Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies at Texas A & M University says, “The goals of the Texas A&M ORCID integration project align well with efforts already in place at our university to engage graduate students in high impact experiences and ensure they are well versed on issues surrounding scholarly communications. In addition to enabling more effective management and tracking of our student’s scholarly outputs, the project has the potential to shape the research behavior of our future scholars through awareness building and graduate education.” 

Robin Haw, Community Outreach Manager for Reactome also sees A&I Program participation as supporting his organization: "Reactome is a manually curated, open source, open access data resource of human pathways and reactions that depends on collaborations with outside experts to assemble and peer-review its modules. The integration of ORCID within Reactome enables us to meet a key challenge with authoring and curating biological information by incentivizing and crediting the external experts that contribute their expertise and time to the Reactome curation process." 

Please join ORCID in congratulating our A&I Program awardees!