The ORCID community includes everyone who supports our mission: researchers and organizations involved in research – universities, laboratories, commercial research companies, research funders, publishers, patent offices, repositories, professional societies, and more – as well as organizations that build systems that support information management among and between these groups.

From the outset, we have benefited greatly from community involvement. In our early days, we were supported by a group of dedicated volunteers on our business, outreach, and technical working groups, who helped us clarify community needs and requirements, provided hands-on assistance, and enabled us to prioritize, plan, and implement our membership model, technical features, and outreach tools.

As we brought on dedicated staff, we have replaced the original working groups with fixed-term task forces and community working groups that focus on specific issues.  These groups may be formed by the Board or staff, are usually chaired by a Board or staff member, and include members and non-members with expertise in the given area.

ORCID community members - individuals and organizations - also support us in other ways, including providing translations of our Registry and outreach resources, contributing open source software and code, sharing their own education and communications materials, and more. We greatly value and appreciate these contributions.

To show our appreciation for everyone who provides volunteer support for ORCID and our community, we are delighted to publicly recognize your contributions, including:

  • A listing of all current working groups and task forces, including members, on this page*
  • Board members are recognized on the ORCID team page
  • Translations and software/code contributions are listed on GitHub
  • A permanent record of every working group and task force on our website and in our repository - if you link your ORCID iD and DataCite profile, information about your contribution can be automatically added to your ORCID record*
  • Inclusion in periodic blog posts about your working group or task force and/or about community contributions more generally
  • Your own ORCID contributor pin on completion of the project - wear it with pride!

* ​Please note that volunteers are expected to share your ORCID iD with us at the start of the project so that we can recognize your contributions in this way

Active Task Forces and Working Groups

ORCID in Repositories Task Force (June 2018 - present)

Over the past several years, new ORCID features and increased community uptake have introduced opportunities for ORCID to serve as open infrastructure for automating aspects of repository workflow. While some repositories have developed sophisticated infrastructure that leverages ORCID to automate workflow, support for ORCID is available out of the box in only a few open source and vendor supplied systems. This means that many institutions that don’t have the resources to customize a system or develop an entirely home-grown solution are unable to make full use of ORCID in their repositories. To improve workflow automation, author disambiguation, and visibility of repository content using the community-driven infrastructure that ORCID provides, we need better ORCID integration in more repository systems! The ORCID in Repositories Task Force will provide input on repository community needs regarding ORCID and on a set of recommendations for supporting ORCID in repository platforms that will help guide repository system developers. See ORCID in Repositories Task Force for more information.

Permissions Preauthorization Technical Working Group (March 2018 - present)

Using ORCID to make authoritative connections between researchers and their contributions have always been done with the researcher’s permission and always will be. However, with over 840 ORCID member organizations operating more than 550 integrations, granting permission may become a burden to researchers in itself.  This working group is tasked with looking into the technical feasibility of offering our users the ability to proactively grant permission to organizations of their choice, without having to visit each one individually. See Permissions Pre-Authorization TWG for information about the membership and activities of this group.

Publications and User Facilities Working Group (May 2017 - present)

User facilities are specialized government-sponsored research infrastructure available for external use to advance scientific or technical knowledge. Researchers compete for access to these facilities and specialized equipment. However, these awards for facility access are not regularly captured within the scholarly research workflow. This deficiency makes it difficult for the sponsor agencies and host institutions (typically government laboratories) to report on what papers and products result from their use. Our goal in calling together this Working Group is to ascertain what data would help agencies and facilities to map impact, and to determine whether and how ORCID could enable its collection in a manner that increases data capture and reduces reporting burden for stakeholders. See Publications and User Facilities Working Group for information about the membership and activities of this group.

ORCID Trust Working Group (March 2017 - present)

This working group grew out of the Trust feedback group, established in March 2016. The purpose of the group is to provide ongoing feedback on evolving components of the ORCID Trust program, and their effectiveness in achieving program objectives related to privacy, data security and trust.  Feedback will be folded into our Trust program and incorporated into our website and other communications. It also will inform our technical strategy. See Trust Working Group for information about the membership and activities of this group.

Ambassador program

From 2013 - 2017, ORCID outreach activities were supported by a diverse cadre of energetic institutional and individual Ambassadors who encouraged the adoption of ORCID identifiers locally and globally. From 2018, with a much larger network of supporters, staff, and members, we are moving to a region- and sector-based community of practice approach, driven by our network of partners and consortia. We are extremely grateful to all our ambassadors for their hard work, advocacy, and support.