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ORCID Board Meeting Summary

Meeting Date: 23 July 2013

Location:  Teleconference, 9 am-12 noon, Eastern.

In Attendance:

  • Liz Allen 
  • Amy Brandt
  • Craig van Dyck
  • Thom Hickey
  • Karen Hunter (alt)
  • Veronique Kiermer (alt)
  • Davo Kochalko
  • Ed Pentz
  • Howard Ratner
  • Bernie Rous
  • Chris Shillum
  • Hideaki Takeda
  • Todd Vision
  • Simeon Warner

Non-Voting Attendees

  • Rebecca Bryant (staff)
  • Eleese Bohannon-Scott (staff)
  • Jackie Ewenstein (legal counsel)
  • Laura Paglione (staff)
  • Laure Haak (ex officio)

Summary: Board reviewed proposed Nomination Committee, noted that the proposed members represent 2 for-profits and 3 non-profits, with associations, service providers, academia, funder and a publisher represented.  Membership approved.  Board discussed business model, and in particular options for discounts on multi-year agreements.   Board received update on ORCID EU activities.  Reviewed June and 1H2013 financials, noted that ORCID on a path to sustainability in 2015. The group decided that ORCID needs more time to test existing business model, and allow the system itself to develop to a point where it is delivering more value to users and members.  BSG and OSG will discuss outreach efforts, community feedback, and business models in a joint meeting in September.  Second round funding will provide some time to complete this process. Audit Committee reported they met with auditor and have accepted the audit report.  The OSG provided an update on the Adoption and Integration program solicitation, the newly launched Ambassador program, and on plans for the October 2013 and May 2014 Outreach meetings.  The TSG reported approval of the affiliation module specifications, and creation of the Multiple Assertions WG, chaired by Simeon Warner.  The technical director reported on release of two significant premium features have been released since May: Webhooks and member data files.   The CodeFest, held during the May 2014 Outreach meeting, produced among other things an open source contribution for FOAF representation of ORCID records.  The technical team is working on improving efficiency of data file creation and member credential issuing, in addition to preparing to release localized versions and ramping up to start work on affiliations. Discussed technical budget and staffing plans.  In AOB, Howard Ratner noted that he started as Director of Development of CHORUS starting in July, 2013.

Motions Passed:

MOTION: To approve minutes with amendments.  VOTE: All in favor, 1 abstention.

MOTION: To approve nominating committee. VOTE: Unanimous. 

MOTION: That Howard Ratner stay on Board as an ex officio member for 1 year after he ceases employment with NPG, which is Sept. 2, 2013. VOTE: All in favor.  HR abstained. 

MOTION: That Howard Ratner stay on ExCo in an ex officio capacity until his term would have ended in January 2014.  VOTE:  All in favor.  HR abstained.