Organization identifiers are a key part of the scholarly communications infrastructure. At the beginning of this year Crossref, DataCite and ORCID announced the formation of an Organization Identifier Working Group to refine the structure, principles, and technology specifications for an open, independent, non-profit organization identifier Registry to facilitate the disambiguation of researcher affiliations.
The group worked in three interdependent areas: Governance, Registry Product Definition, and Business Model, and recently released for public comment its findings and recommendations for governance and product requirements. The main recommendations are (1) an open, independent organization identifier Registry with capabilities for organizations to manage their own record, (2) seeded with and using open data, (3) an independent governance structure, and (4) a start-up phase inside a non-profit host organization providing technical development, operations and other support.
The working group has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit comment and interest from the broader research community in developing the Registry. Are you interested in serving as a the start-up host organziation? Do you have organization data you are willing to contribute? Do you have other resources that could be helpful for the project? Do you have advice, suggestions, and feedback on creating a sustainable business model for each phase of the Registry’s development? We'd like to hear from you!
Send your responses by 15 November. While framing your responses, please see the Governance and Product documents for requirements and principles. All responses will be reviewed by a subgroup of the Organization Identifier Working Group, which members shall not include any of the RFI respondents.