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ORCID Seeking Director of Community

ORCID has a position open for a Director of Community to support our Outreach activities.  Several new initiatives are in the works for 2013 including an Ambassador program and localization efforts.  Please send resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to [email protected] by January 19.


How should ORCID be pronounced?

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As an international organization, we have encountered many different ways of saying “ORCID”.   A recent query to our help desk asked us to put on our main page, “What is the right way to say the name? Is it "Orc-Eye-Dee" or "O-R-C-I-D" or "OAR-CID?"  We are not that picky, so long as you register and use your iD.  But, for those who want to know:  ORCID has two syllables, and a hard “c”.  Phonetically, it is pronounced "oar-kid".   I usually tell people it is pronounced like the flower "orchid" but spelled without the H. 

ORCID Continues to Grow

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ORCID has been growing steadily since our launch in October.  By 27 December, 42,918 researchers had registered for iDs, about a third of them via manuscript submission systems or by linking with other identifiers.

Year 1 growth chart

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ORCID iDs and the NLM DTD: How does it work?

The National Library of Medicine has announced that participating publishers that submit final article XML directly to PubMedCentral (PMC) can include ORCID iDs in their XML.  These changes to its DTD were made available in mid December.

What is ORCID, anyway?

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What is ORCID?

At its core, ORCID is a persistent registry of unique and persistent identifiers for researchers. For these identifiers to be effective, the research community needs to know they exist, and see value in using them. Over 37,000 researchers have registered for an ORCID iD. But, to realize the full potential of ORCID, research information systems must embed ORCID iDs and link back with ORCID to synchronize and update research activity data.

The O in ORCID

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We’ve been using the acronym ORCID for a while. Every so often someone asks, what does it stand for? ORCID is short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID.  (I also like the ring of Open Researcher Community ID, but that is a topic for another blog.)

ORCID API Documents Updated

The ORCID API documents have been updated to include details of the search API. The ORCID search API is based on SOLR, and will support all query syntaxes available in SOLR 3.6, including Lucene with SOLR extensions, DisMax, and Extended DisMax. Details of the API can be found in the Query API documentation . The implementation of the Search API will be released in the upcoming 1.0 release of the ORCID binary.

Program for May 17 Outreach Meeting Available - Please Register

Please join us for the next in-person ORCID Outreach Meeting on Thursday, May 17, 9.30 AM - 4.30 PM in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The meeting is sponsored by Microsoft Research. All participant organizations and organizations interested in joining ORCID are welcome to attend in-person or virtually via WebEx.