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2019 Project Roadmap

We have created a roadmap for the next three years centered on the core strategies in our Strategic Plan. Each year focuses on a specific research sector. 2019 is our Year of the Researcher.

We will be providing regular updates on our strategic plan on the ORCID blog - see links to relevant posts from the projects in the table below.

2019 Projects

  Strategic goals Projects
Establish compelling reasons and methods for researchers to use ORCID to share verified information about themselves

1. Academia and Beyond - expand understanding, use, and adoption of ORCID in Arts & Humanities and Life Science/Clinical Medicine communities

2. Improve the User Experience  - ensure a positive and consistent user experience and user accessibility across ORCID integrations

Establish ORCID’s role as a trusted and neutral actor in sharing researcher information

3. Data Infrastructure - ensure our APIs and databases scale with increasing community adoption

4. Operations - improve our back-office operational efficiency in areas that have a direct impact on the research community

Trusted assertions
Establish ORCID as a credible hub for asserting and re- using researcher information

5. PID Power -  leverage the benefits of PID infrastructure to make the most out of iD-ID connections

6. Person Citations - expand our notion of “contribution” to include a corpus of a person’s activities

7. Sharing our Successes - document and share ORCID successes and outcomes and identify gaps

Strategic relationships
Increase engagement with our global community

8. ORBIT - engage research funders to use persistent identifiers to automate and streamline the flow of research information between systems

9. RIPEN (Research Information Platform ENgagement) - enable authenticated ORCID iD collection and secure cross-platform sharing of ORCID permission tokens

Measuring success

In addition to our overall organizational metrics, we are measuring our project success toward achieving the following objectives.


  • Collecting evidence that researchers experience lower barriers when using ORCID in research workflows
  • Ensuring that researchers understand that using their iD means their record will be updated
  • Ensuring that member organizations update researcher records


  • Increasing the number of ORCID records that contain information that funders want, when they want it, and with assurances on the information source and accessibility
  • Identifying and sharing examples of funder systems that enable researchers to pull information from ORCID to populate applications and reports

Trusted assertions

  • Developing policies and processes that assure trusted data sources, vendors, and member integrations
  • Documenting and promoting success stories

Strategic relationships

  • Building and maintaining productive relationships with partners through participation in regional and sector teams, workshops, consortia, and working groups