The backbone of the ORCID Registry is our API. It enables systems to collect verified ORCID iDs from researchers, as well as reading and connecting information about researchers’ affiliations, funding, use of research resources, and research output via their ORCID records. Maintaining and continuing to develop and enhance a sustainable and reliable Registry to provide this service is a key ORCID goal.
We released ORCID API 2.0 in February 2017, bringing several changes to make the ORCID Registry and API scalable. In November 2017 we launched API 2.1 to support HTTPS ORCID iDs, enabling us to build a reliable Registry that secures your information and protects against vulnerabilities. On March 1, we sunset API 1.2 on the Public API. We have now set the sunset date of API 1.2 on the Member API: August 1, 2018.
ORCID members must upgrade to API 2.0 or higher by August 1 to continue benefiting from using the ORCID Member API. Many members have already upgraded to API 2.0, including the majority of ORCID-enabled CRIS and publishing systems. If you have not yet upgraded, please contact us as soon as possible to let us know your timeframe for completing your upgrade.
To learn more about the changes in API 2.0, read our February 2017 interview with our Director of Technology about the new API and our July 2017 post on some of the 2.0 features that will simplify your workflows, reduce transfer file sizes, and make your ORCID integration work better for you and your users alike.
In addition to providing improved functionality to you, sunsetting older versions of the API allow us to provide focused service to members and users alike, and to spend more time developing new features - including our soon-to-be-launched API 3.0, including the expanded affiliation sections and a new research resources section.
We’re here to help you!
Resources to aid your upgrade include:
- API 1.2 -> 2.x upgrade guide
- Members support center API resources: Example workflows and tutorials on API 2.1
- Github resources on API 2.1: Example calls, files, and the ORCID XSD
- ORCID API users group: Our listserv for ORCID API developers and all things API
Members can also contact your regional support team to plan and discuss your upgrade further.