The Organization Identifier (OrgID) Working Group was established in January 2017 to refine the structure, principles, and technology specifications for an open, independent, non-profit organization identifier registry to facilitate the disambiguation of researcher affiliations. The scope of work includes three separate but interdependent areas: Governance, Registry Product Definition, and Business Model & Funding. The goal of the Working Group is to create an implementation plan by the end of 2017.
The Working Group seeks to build off the previous work of stakeholders in this space, including a series of collaborative workshops organized by DataCite, ORCID, and Crossref in 2016. These workshops – held at the FORCE11 Conference in Portland OR, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Meeting in San Antonio TX, and PIDapalooza in Reykjavik – sought to explore the current landscape and to collect use cases from across the scholarly communications industry. Findings from these workshops were summarized in three documents, which we made available for public comment. The versions with commentary can be found here:
These documents form the foundation for this Working Group project, and provide its framing principles:
Working Group members were selected to ensure a broad range of experience and perspectives, including expertise in research data discovery, data management, persistent identifiers, economics research, funding, archiving, non-profit membership organizations, academia, publishing, and metadata development.
The Working Group forms the main decision-making body of the project, and is led by the Chair. The Steering Committee members provide guidance to the Chair and are active members of the Working Group. The Working Group will accomplish the first phase of its work in parallel breakout groups in the areas of Governance, Registry Product Definition, and Business Model & Funding. Breakout groups are responsible for developing the preliminary implementation plan for their target areas and presenting them back to the Working Group. Where needed, additional external experts may be recruited to assist a particular breakout group in its tasks. See the breakout group pages for additional details. The Working Group meets monthly. Breakout groups meet between Working Group calls.
Links to project progress summaries will be added to this page and the breakout group pages throughout the course of the project.
The Working group issued a Request for Information on 9 October 2017 to solicit comment and expressions of interest from the broader research community in developing the Registry. We published an RFI Q&A on 30 October 2017 and have extended the RFI deadline to 1 December 2017. Please use this template to respond to the RFI.
For additional information about the Working Group please contact us.