February 15 saw the official launch of the Australian ORCID consortium, at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. The establishment of the consortium was collaboratively facilitated by Universities Australia (UA), the Australian Research Council (ARC), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT), the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), and the Australian Access Federation (AAF).
The celebrations, at the end of the first day of our Outreach Meeting, were attended by around 100 people, with speeches by Senator Zed Seselja, representing Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham; Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate and Vice Chancellor of ANU; Aidan Byrne, CEO, ARC; Linda O’Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor, Griffith University; Keith Nugent, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, La Trobe University; Tony Krizan, Corporate Operations and Information, NHMRC; Adrian Burton, Director of Services, ANDS; and Laure Haak Executive Director, ORCID.
The consortium brings together 40 institutions - 36 universities, the Heart Research Institute, CSIRO, the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council NHMRC. AAF has been appointed as the national ORCID Consortium Lead and will provide support for institutions to maximize the benefits of ORCID within Australia.
Look out for a full report on the Outreach Meeting shortly.