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The ORCID community includes everyone who supports our mission: researchers and organizations involved in research – universities, laboratories, commercial research companies, research funders, publishers, patent offices, repositories, professional societies, and more – as well as organizations that build systems that support information management among and between these groups.

From the outset, we have benefited greatly from community involvement. In our early days, we were supported by a group of dedicated volunteers on our business, outreach, and technical working groups, who helped us clarify community needs and requirements, provided hands-on assistance, and enabled us to prioritize, plan, and implement our membership model, technical features, and outreach tools.

As we brought on dedicated staff, we have replaced the original working groups with fixed-term task forces and community working groups that focus on specific issues.  These groups may be formed by the Board or staff, are usually chaired by a Board or staff member, and include members and non-members with expertise in the given area. 

ORCID community members - individuals and organizations - also support us in other ways, including providing translations of our Registry and outreach resources, contributing open source software and code, sharing their own education and communications materials, and more. We greatly value and appreciate these contributions.

To show our appreciation for everyone who provides volunteer support for ORCID and our community, we are delighted to publicly recognize your contributions, including:

  • A listing of all current working groups and task forces, including members, on this page*
  • Board members are recognized on the ORCID team page
  • Translations and software/code contributions are listed on GitHub
  • A permanent record of every working group and task force on our website and in our repository - if you link your ORCID iD and DataCite profile, information about your contribution can be automatically added to your ORCID record*
  • Inclusion in periodic blog posts about your working group or task force and/or about community contributions more generally
  • Your own ORCID contributor pin on completion of the project - wear it with pride!

* ​Please note that volunteers are expected to share your ORCID iD with us at the start of the project so that we can recognize your contributions in this way

Active Task Forces and Working Groups

Please note that all Tasks Forces and Working Groups are paused until late 2020.

Academia & Beyond Arts & Humanities Task Force (April 2019 - present) paused until late 2020

This Task Force supports our Year of the Researcher goals by helping us develop strategies for engaging researchers in the arts and humanities, a community where we have good contacts but few integrations. Working with the group, we are taking an evidence-based approach to better understanding the opportunities and challenges for adoption of ORCID, including the kinds of information researchers in these disciplines connect -- or would like to connect -- to their record. This will help us prioritize future communications and technical developments for their community, as well as acting as a test case for future user engagement work with other researcher communities. See Academia & Beyond Task Force for more information.

ORCID in Peer Review Task Force (February 2019 - present) paused until late 2020

Peer review is a fundamental part of the research life cycle and one that often goes unrecognized. Our peer review functionality enables two forms of recognition -- for individual peer review activities, and for ongoing peer review service. The remit of this Task Force is to resolve some outstanding issues with adding peer review activities to ORCID records, in particular, group identifiers; and to work through peer review service use cases for different sectors with the goal of implementing at least one as an exemplar. See ORCID in Peer Review Task Force for more information.

ORCID in Publishing Working Group (November 2018 - present) paused until late 2020

Although many organizations have been quick to embed ORCID in their publication workflows, adoption and implementation across the publishing community overall has been uneven and doesn’t always follow our Collect and Connect best practices. The purpose of this working group is, therefore, twofold: to increase knowledge and adoption of new ORCID programs and initiatives by the publishing community; and to increase ways for the publishing community to inform and support existing and new programs and initiatives. This group was initiated by ORCID’s Executive Director, and is chaired by a member of the ORCID Board. Its voluntary and invited membership consists of representatives from the broad publishing community around the world. The group will focus on key projects, including: ORCID UI/UX in publishing; service providers; enabling ORCID collection for all authors in the submission process; the ORCID experience for readers; and adopting the ORCID publishing roadmap. See ORCID in Publishing Working Group for more information.

ORBIT and the Funder Working Group (November 2017 - present) paused until late 2020

The ORBIT project aims to make it easier for researchers to share information, improve the accuracy of shared information, enrich the types of information that can be easily shared, and reduce reporting burden for researchers and funders alike. This helps funders to keep in touch with what is happening during the lifetime of the project, and researchers to have more time to contribute to these projects. ORBIT is targeted at the funding community and has two components: a Funder Working Group that is exploring the use of PIDs in enabling research information sharing, access, and accountability, including developing policy and communications resources; and pathfinder projects to enable data connections in funder systems using PIDs.  See ORCID Reducing Burden and Improving Transparency (ORBIT) project for information about the membership and activities of ORBIT and the Funder Working Group.

Publications and User Facilities Working Group (May 2017 - present) paused until late 2020

User facilities are specialized government-sponsored research infrastructure available for external use to advance scientific or technical knowledge. Researchers compete for access to these facilities and specialized equipment. However, these awards for facility access are not regularly captured within the scholarly research workflow. This deficiency makes it difficult for the sponsor agencies and host institutions (typically government laboratories) to report on what papers and products result from their use. Our goal in calling together this Working Group is to ascertain what data would help agencies and facilities to map impact, and to determine whether and how ORCID could enable its collection in a manner that increases data capture and reduces reporting burden for stakeholders. See Publications and User Facilities Working Group for information about the membership and activities of this group.

ORCID Trust Working Group (March 2017 - present) paused until late 2020

This working group grew out of the Trust feedback group, established in March 2016. The purpose of the group is to provide ongoing feedback on evolving components of the ORCID Trust program, and their effectiveness in achieving program objectives related to privacy, data security and trust.  Feedback will be folded into our Trust program and incorporated into our website and other communications. It also will inform our technical strategy. See Trust Working Group for information about the membership and activities of this group.

Ambassador program

From 2013 - 2017, ORCID outreach activities were supported by a diverse cadre of energetic institutional and individual Ambassadors who encouraged the adoption of ORCID identifiers locally and globally. From 2018, with a much larger network of supporters, staff, and members, we are moving to a region- and sector-based community of practice approach, driven by our network of partners and consortia. We are extremely grateful to all our ambassadors for their hard work, advocacy, and support.