We received 20 applications to join the ORCID Board of Directors, including 8 applications for the new second researcher position on the Board. Applications reflected the global nature of ORCID, with nominations from ORCID members in Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, Latin America, and Asia.
Candidate Selection Process
The Nominating Committee works to balance a number of objectives when developing the slate. The overarching aim was to recommend candidates who are driven by the ORCID mission and are able to contribute to ORCID’s development, through their personal and organizational knowledge and networks of influence. The committee also was keen to ensure the Board was diverse - in terms of skills, geographic location, organizational representation, and gender. And, the committee ensured that the Board, as per our bylaws, remains majority non-profit.
Voting Procedures for ORCID Board of Directors Elections
Elections were held online via a secure voting web page. We emailed the main contact of each current ORCID member with details about how to vote. For those members who wished to vote in person, we provided details in the October member newsletter, on how to register for an ORCID Members webinar on 21 December 2017, during which we counted ballots and announced the results at the members meeting. There were 729 members eligible to vote in the 2018 Board elections, of which 252 (34.6%) cast votes. For the election to be valid, at least 10% of eligible members must participate. Of those members casting ballots, 236 (93.7%) voted in favor of the slate; 12 (4.8%) abstained, and 4 (1.6%) voted against the ballot. The election results were certified at 13:15 GMT on 21 December, 2017.
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The 2018 Slate
Salvatore Mele, PhD (Physics) (second term). Salvatore (PhD, Physics) is head of Open Access at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where he co-architected and led the construction of the SCOAP3 Open Access initiative. He built consensus across the scholarly communication ecosystem (publishers, libraries, funding agencies, research organisations) to sustainably transition high-energy physics journals to Open Access. SCOAP3 now counts 3000 members in 44 countries, and will soon cover over 90% of published articles in the field. Together with partners in the U.S., Germany, and China, Salvatore's team at CERN runs the INSPIRE service, a global Open Access digital library for High-Energy Physics, indexing over a million documents, both pre-prints and published literature, using AI, machine learning, human curation, and ORCID integration. Salvatore is a founding member of the ORCID Board of Directors and is currently on the Executive Board of the DataCite initiative. Long ago, he enjoyed a fifteen year career in physics as a research scientist, measuring fundamental physics constants and searching for such exotic things as extra space dimensions.
Alison Mitchell, PhD (Molecular Biology), serves as Chief Publishing Advisor at Springer Nature, driving the development and implementation of publishing initiatives across the group. She is responsible for the Nature portfolio of almost 50 journals, including Nature . Previously, she was Publishing Director for the Nature Research Journals and also the Academic Journals Division, where she represented over 30 specialist biomedical journals, many of which are published on behalf of learned scientific societies. Alison joined Macmillan Magazines in 1996 as a News and Views Editor for Nature. In 2000, she served as Launch Editor of one of the first three journals in the highly successful Nature Reviews series: Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, and served as Publisher of the Nature Reviews journals from 2003.
Ed Pentz (second term) became Executive Director of Crossref when the organization was founded in 2000 and manages all aspects of the organization to ensure that it fulfills its mission to make scholarly content easy to find, link, cite and assess. Ed is a founding member of the ORCID Board and served as Chair of the ORCID Board. He is currently Treasurer of the International DOI Foundation. Prior to joining Crossref, Ed held electronic publishing, editorial and sales positions at Harcourt Brace in the US and UK and managed the launch of Academic Press’ first online journal, the Journal of Molecular Biology, in 1995. Ed has a degree in English Literature from Princeton University.
Daisy Selematsela, PhD (Information and Knowledge Management), is the Executive Director of the UNISA, Library and Professor of Practice of Information and Knowledge Management at the University of Johannesburg. She was previously Executive Director of Knowledge Management and Evaluation at the National Research Foundation of South Africa, where she was instrumental in the development of the OA mandate and ORCID mandate for funded research, and is active in research management and Open Science policy across Southern Africa including work with CODATA. A board member COAR, the National Library of South Africa; the National Archives of South Africa and the National Council of Library. Currently is the Acting Vice Principal: Research, Postgraduate, Innovation and Commercialisation at the University of South Africa.
Simeon Warner, PhD (Physics) (second term) is Director of Library Linked Data and Repository Architecture at Cornell University. Simeon manages a number of projects around repository systems and is involved in standards activities for sharing data and metadata between library systems and repositories, including a framework allowing libraries and other cultural-memory institutions to share images. Prior to his current position, he was a postdoc at Syracuse working on high-energy physics, and moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory where he started working on arXiv. He moved to Cornell to focus on arXiv and other library and information science work. Simeon is a founding member of the ORCID Board and has been active on the Executive Committee, Multiple Assertions Working Group, and in 2013 chaired the first Nominations Committee.
Edward Wates, (second term) is VP and Director, Research Content Management at Wiley. Edward has been an Associate ORCiD Board member since 2010 and currently fulfils the office of Treasurer. He has been active in promoting the ORCID requirement by Wiley journals as well as contributing to the ORCiD display guidelines. He trained at the London College of Printing after completing an English degree at York, and has worked in academic publishing for 40 years. Edward has served on a number of industry committees, including Crossref, ALPSP and STM. In his spare time Edward is Chair of the Commonwork Trust and the Irene Wellington Educational Trust, and is also an elected member of the Letter Exchange, an organization for professionals engaged in the Lettering Arts.
Karin Wulf, PhD (researcher), is a historian of early America and the early modern Atlantic world, focused on gender, family, and the state. She is Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and a Professor of History at the College of William & Mary, where she directs graduate student research in early American and gender history. She is a founder and co-chair of William & Mary's Neurodiversity Initiative, supporting neurodiverse students, faculty and staff and their contributions to the university community, and a co-founder of Women Also Know History, a media and curriculum tool for supporting and advancing the work of women historians. Elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, she is active in and has convened a number of public discussions about humanities research, funding and publishing. She writes for the Scholarly Kitchen from a humanities perspective on subjects including Open Access, citation metrics, and the value of specialist writing.