One year after launching the ORCID Registry, we are excited to be releasing our first Public Data File. This file contains a snapshot of all public data in the ORCID Registry associated with an ORCID record that was created or claimed by an individual. We publish this file once per year under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal public domain dedication. This means that, to the extent possible under law, ORCID has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to the Public Data File.
Why is ORCID publishing this data?
When ORCID was established we developed 10 principles to guide our work. The seventh principle is
All data contributed to ORCID by researchers or claimed by them will be available in standard formats for free download (subject to the researchers' own privacy settings) that is updated once a year and released under a CC0 waiver.
ORCID is sharing a Public Data File to ensure that all scholarly communication stakeholders, including organizations that are not members of ORCID, have broad access to what we hope becomes a vital part of the scholarly communication infrastructure.
Getting the file
We have published instructions for getting the file in our KnowledgeBase article, How do I get a public data file?
Using the file
ORCID is releasing the Public Data File under a CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication developed by Creative Commons. Accordingly, ORCID will not impose restrictions or conditions (including those contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use and the Membership Agreement) on use of the Public Data File, but has posted recommended community norms for use.
The community norms include:
- Spread the Word: Please give attribution to ORCID as the source of the Public Data File and link back to ORCID's related page (https://orcid.org/content/orcid-public-data-file) where technologically feasible, to facilitate access for others.
- Be Fair and Lawful: Do not modify any data so as to make it false, incomplete, defamatory, or misleading.
- Respect Others: Respect the rights of privacy and publicity of the individuals featured in the Public Data File. In particular, do not use email or physical addresses (if available) to send junk mail, chain mail, spam, pyramid schemes, or other unsolicited bulk mail. If you are using email or physical addresses for commercial or other purposes, give people the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from you.
- Keep us posted: We are very interested in hearing about ways in which people are making use of the Public Data File. Please contact us if you are willing to share your experiences.