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)
  • Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Elsevier
  • Gregg Gordon, SSRN
  • Dave Kochalko, ORCID Co-founder
  • Salvatore Mele, CERN

ORCID Communications Groups

Communications Steering Group

The Communications Steering Group (CSG) (formerly the Outreach Steering Group) is responsible for fostering discussion and collaboration among the ORCID community. The CSG helps to build relationships with stakeholders, creates outreach messaging, content, and materials, and oversees bi-annual Outreach meetings.

Current CSG members:

  • John Carroll, Nature Publishing Group (Chair)
  • Andrea Biddle, Health Research Alliance
  • Josh Brown, ORCID
  • Kristina Casey, NSERC/SSHRC, Canada
  • Gail Clement, Texas A & M University
  • Jannean Elliott, Office of Scientific & Technical Information, DOE
  • Martin Fenner, PLOS
  • Consol Garcia, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech
  • Rennie Guida, IEEE
  • Brooks Hanson, American Geophysical Union
  • Kristi Holmes, Northwestern University and VIVO
  • Alice Meadows, ORCID
  • João Moreira, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
  • Abel Packer, SciELO
  • Torsten Reimer, Imperial College London
  • Ellen Rotenberg, Thomson Reuters
  • Yan Shuai, Tsinghua University Press
  • 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.
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Current TSG members:

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.
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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.
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