I am thrilled to announce that ORCID has issued its 1 millionth identifier. We have reached this milestone two years after the launch of the ORCID Registry through the collaborative effort of researchers, Ambassadors, and member integrators. Thank you!
In honor of this milestone, we held a contest for best tweet. We thank David Isaak, Digital Projects Librarian at Kaiser Permanente, for his winning entry, “Your name is not unique, but your research activity is. Distinguish it with ORCID.”
Here are some of the ways you, the ORCID community, have contributed:
Researchers have been submitting ideas and comments to our iDeas Forum. We’ve been releasing a number of new features based on these comments, including a BibTex importer, delegate functionality, and soon, a new user interface that supports sorting and editing, and helps users manage multiple versions of works. Keep those ideas coming!
Ambassadors have been helping ORCID to reach communities of practice and communicate with disciplinary audiences, with presentations at meetings, workplace discussions, technical support for repository integrations, and creation of library guides and Wikipedia entries.
Member integrators have driven both adoption and financial sustainability of ORCID. Publishers have been integrating ORCID identifiers into manuscript submission, review, and production workflows. Funders have been integrating identifiers into common CV platforms, and grant application and award workflows. Universities have been integrating identifiers into thesis submission, staff onboarding, faculty profiles, research reporting, and access management systems. We are also seeing integration of ORCID identifiers into data repositories, research metrics systems, and peer review platforms.
As these integrations have been rolling out, we have continued to work with our members to make it easier for researchers to use their ORCID identifier. Some members have started to autofill forms by pulling information from an ORCID record, others have implemented single-sign-on to enable one log-in for multiple journals submission systems. We are about to launch functionality that will support the “round trip” of information from these systems back to an ORCID record, so that researchers need only use their identifier, and their record will be updated with their new publications, grants, and affiliations in which their identifier is embedded.
In 2015, our focus will be on improving our APIs to streamline access to data. Applications that run queries, use notifications, and require reporting will all benefit. We are planning to expand the ORCID data model and user interface to support linkages with more research activities, such as peer review, patents, and software. And, we have initiated a regular webinar series, guest blog posts, regional workshops, and development of technical tools for integrators.
We look forward to continued collaboration, and encourage you to continue sharing your ideas and suggestions. You may reach us at [email protected].