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CBUA: Consorcio de Bibliotecas Universitarias de Andalucía (Consortium of Andalusian University Libraries) is ORCID’s newest consortium member.  The CBUA ORCID initiative is led by the University of Sevilla, and aims to provide facilities to register researchers at the nine participating universities and to integrate ORCID identifiers into institutional repositories and institutional and regional research information systems (CRIS).  The CBUA have launched a Webpage that provides information on the initiative in Spanish.

CBUA membership follows on from the University of Cádiz institutional ORCID membership and has been driven through the support of ORCID Ambassadors, Pablo de Castro and Consol García.  


Established in 2001, the CBUA has a mission to enhance cooperation between the Andalusian university libraries on three points: better use of economic resources, greater access to shared resources, and facilitating the sharing of information technologies and communications. Carmen Baena serves as the CBUA Technical Director, and had heard from several universities about their interest in implementing ORCID at an institutional level. “One of our members, the University of Cádiz, was already an ORCID member, so we decided that the best way to serve the needs of our member institutions would be through a consortium license,” said Baena.

The CBUA ORCID consortium includes nine universities.  Descriptions of their plans and progress are available on the ORCID CBUA Webpage

Plans for ORCID integration

The first and main goal of CBUA will be to ensure ORCID adoption for every researcher affiliated with any of the nine CBUA institutions that will be implementing the standard. “We would like this process to be as much a bottom-up as a top-down one, so we'll be making as much emphasis on dissemination and support to research departments as on bulk ORCID account creation,“ said Baena. CBUA are planning a 12-month adoption project, to be followed by integration of ORCID iDs into institutional repositories and research information management systems. Pablo de Castro provided an overview of the CBUA project at the Jisc/ARMA ORCID Pilot Workshop, and CBUA will be reporting on their progress at the May 2015 ORCID Outreach meeting in Barcelona.

CBUA are looking to the SICA2 regional research information system (CRIS), with more than 50,000 users, as a potential platform where ORCID iDs could be integrated, enabling a much more effective information exchange among the higher education and research institutions in the region. For their part, SICA are working on the data model and technical specifications for supporting the flow of research information between their regional CRIS and ORCID.  This will improve the quality of data about research and researchers affiliated with Andalusian universities and research institutions, and in the future, link publications with other research activities such as project, grants, and conferences, among others.  Further, the interaction between SICA2 and CBUA could provide an example for other implementation projects involving a regional CRIS.