An ongoing problem for research organizations is the ability to accurately and easily identify and link researchers and scholars with their professional activities. Who are the experts? How can we accurately benchmark our research strengths and impact? How can we systematically identify the intellectual outputs produced by faculty? How do we keep our repository up to date? How can we efficiently comply with the myriad of record keeping requirements from funders and accreditors? Even if organizations implement local faculty profile or research information systems, these require ongoing (and frequently manual) updates, and the information does not travel with a researcher as they move between organizations or even departments.  ORCID solves both of these problems.  ORCID provides individual researchers and scholars with a persistent unique identifier. ORCID also provides a mobile record for managing research activities. Further, ORCID is working with a range of stakeholders to integrate ORCID identifiers into research workflows such as manuscript and grant submissions, and to provide system-to-system processes for updating activity records. 

Activity Reporting. For both individuals and organizations, ORCID can reduce the time-consuming process of maintaining up-to-date records. Member research organizations can receive alerts from ORCID on the research activities of their faculty and staff. ORCID data can be used to populate local systems to support networking and collaboration, to populate institutional reporting systems, or for national assessment programs.
Create Records. Members can facilitate the creation of ORCID records by their researchers. Research organizations can include ORCID identifiers in local systems, such as personnel databases, identity management systems, or research information systems, and also supports interoperability with external systems. As a public identifier, ORCIDs can be exposed where proprietary or private identifiers cannot.
Repository Deposition. Research organizations may use ORCID record data to update institutional repositories, grant management systems, and intellectual property databases. Member organizations that serve as trusted parties may also push updates to ORCID. With this data exchange in place, the workload for research organizations to manage and maintain their local systems with up-to-date research information is substantially reduced.