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 included three separate but interdependent areas: Governance, Registry Product Definition, and Business Model & Funding. The goal of the Working Group was to create an implementation plan by the end of 2017. Following a discussion of RFI responses and plans for a stakeholder meeting, the Working Group was wound down in December 2017. This page will continue to be updated with progress reports until such time as a host is established and a dedicated webpage is created for the Organization ID Initative.
The Working Group built 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 formed the foundation for this Working Group project, and provided 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 formed the main decision-making body of the project, and was led by the Chair. The Steering Committee members provided guidance to the Chair and were active members of the Working Group. The Working Group accomplished the first phase of its work in parallel breakout groups in the areas of Governance, Registry Product Definition, and Business Model & Funding. Breakout groups were responsible for developing the preliminary implementation plan for their target areas and presenting them back to the Working Group. Where needed, additional external experts were recruited to assist a particular breakout group in its tasks. See the breakout group pages for additional details. The Working Group met monthly. Breakout groups met 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 extended the RFI deadline to 1 December 2017. Responses were collated and presented to the Working Group in mid December.
The Steering Committee hosted a Stakeholder meeting on 22 January 2018. The meeting marked a transition from the Working Group to a formal launch of an Organization ID Registry Initiative. Attendees included RFI respondents,members of the Working Group, and other stakeholders, with the stated goal of establishing a governance structure for the initiative.
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