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Academia & Beyond Task Force


To achieve our vision of a world where everyone who participates in research is uniquely identified and connected with their affiliations and contributions, we must establish and maintain meaningful channels of engagement with our diverse community. In this project, we are focusing on developing strategies for engaging researchers in the arts and humanities, where we have good contacts but few foundational integrations.

There are a variety of ways researchers in this broad community share their work and, in addition to consultations with community groups, this project will also analyze disciplinary adoption and use, including through our community survey and ORCID Registry usage patterns. This will ensure we take an evidence-based approach to conversations about adoption and enable us to understand what kinds of information researchers in these disciplines are connecting to their record -- or want to -- which will then help us prioritize future communications and technical developments.

We envisage this dual approach as a test case for future user engagement work with these and other researcher communities.


We will take both a quantitative and qualitative approach to tackling this project, including working with our community partners to:

  • Analyze ORCID adoption by the two broad target disciplines, using the 2018 ORCID public data file and including multiple work types, activities, and other data as needed
  • Incorporate relevant demographic questions in the 2019 community survey to enable analysis by broad discipline, as well as ensuring that we collect data on the broad range of activity and output types
  • Implement a user journey project to understand researcher workflows in the two broad communities, including via the ORCID in Publishing WG UI/UX project to examine researchers’ experience of ORCID during publication
  • Interview community experts representing a wide range of geographies and sectors about their own experience of ORCID and the needs of their communities
  • Interview publishers and other publishing service providers on the way they do or don’t manage authors’ ORCID in their production workflow
  • Assess the adoption and technical implementation of ORCID in various publishing platforms


  • Understand current and potential future use of ORCID in these two broad communities, as well as barriers to adoption
  • Develop prioritized list of recommended enhancements to ORCID functionality to better meet these needs
  • Draft, test, and implement communications campaign to expand understanding, use, and adoption of ORCID in these communities
  • Use as a test case for future engagement

Governance and Membership

To ensure that this is a community-led initiative, we are establishing a discipline-based community task force comprising knowledgeable, well-connected, and influential individuals in academia (and beyond!), who have agreed to share their experience and expertise. This group is supported primarily by Alice Meadows (Director of Communications) of ORCID, and comprises:

  • Anne Boddington, Kingston University, UK 
  • Kylie Brass, Australian Academy of the Humanities, Australia
  • Katherine Burton, Taylor & Francis, UK
  • Grace Cho, Artrepreneur, USA
  • Peter Cornwell, Data Futures, France
  • John Cussans, Independent Researcher, UK
  • Milena Grass Kleiner, University of Colombia, Colombia
  • Siobhann McCafferty, Australian Research Data Commons, Australia
  • Poul Melchiorsen, Aalborg University Library, Denmark
  • Pierre Mounier, OpenEdition, France
  • Jefferson Pooley, Muhlenberg College, USA
  • Ellie Porter, Art 360 Foundation, UK
  • Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute/College of William & Mary (ORCID Board member), USA