The CSE award for Meritorious Achievement was presented by past-president Diane Sullenberger on 5 May 2014, with the following citation:
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) deserves recognition for its pioneering work creating its open digital author identification system. ORCID addresses a particularly thorny issue in academic publishing—the fact that researcher names are not unique, can change, and have cultural differences such as name order. Databases are full of duplicate and similar names, and finding a particular researcher can be difficult and time-consuming. By creating a unique ORCID identifier, researchers can now ensure that their identity is attached to their research objects such as articles, datasets, and citations. This system eliminates confusion and saves researchers from entering their personal data over and over again as they publish and apply for grants or patents. As the ORCID web site states, “ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications. ORCID provides two core functions: (1) a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities, and (2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication. ORCID makes its code available under an open source license, and will post an annual public data file under a CC0 waiver for free download.” This work is in keeping with and advances CSE’s mission to improve scientific communication.