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Eating Our Own Dog Food: Part 1

Laure Haak's picture

Yummy dog food

One of our goals  this year is to be an exemplar - or to put it in tech-y terms, to eat our own dog food. In other words, as well as the work we do to support organizations that are implementing ORCID iDs and other persistent identifiers, we are also going to ensure that ORCID as an organization adheres to the same best practices -- and can then incorporate what we learned into our offering. We will keep you updated on our progress here on the ORCID blog!

Today we take an important step in achieving this goal, as we launch our new ORCID repository.  Each item added to the repository will be assigned a DOI, which means you can trust they will be persistently resolvable.  In our exemplar role, we will ultimately be connecting the DOI to the creator’ ORCID iDs, enabling information to flow easily into ORCID (via DataCite) and other research information systems (more on that in a future post). In addition, we will be able to track usage of our resources - so we know what you’re finding most valuable - and easily update them with new versions when needed.


The ORCID repository is presented in six topic areas:

  • ORCID Events: collections of materials from ORCID events such as outreach meetings and workshops

  • ORCID Training: collections of materials used in training activities

  • ORCID Presentations: ORCID presentations from community events

  • ORCID Resources: items including banners, bookmarks, and flyers

  • About ORCID: collections of materials related to the organization itself, for example, governance documents, annual reports, policies, working group documents, and press releases  

  • ORCID Works: publications by ORCID team members including the public data file, articles, white papers, survey results, and reports

The repository is a work in progress; within the next few weeks, it will include all existing resources from the start of January 2017 and some older materials, such as annual reports and other key governance documents, public data files, and survey results. And, from now on, we will be adding all our new resources to the repository. Everything will continue to be accessible (by DOI) through our website, where we will provide appropriate contextual information to enable understanding and usage.

All ORCID-created materials are available under a CC-0 license, meaning that you are free to use and share them with no limitations.  The only exception is ORCID-authored articles published by other organizations. Wherever possible, these are available open access but, where this is not permitted by the publisher or where there is an embargo period in place, we will make the author accepted version available wherever possible. Items written or created by others will be available under the most open license possible as agreed with individual authors.

We thank Figshare for their support in developing our repository, and and welcome your feedback - including suggestions for additional resources.