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May 2014

Crimson Interactive attended the 12th bi-annual ORCID Outreach Meeting held in Chicago (May 21-22)

Crimson Interactive attended the 12th bi-annual ORCID Outreach Meeting held in Chicago, May 21-22. It was sponsored by the University of Illinois in Chicago and about 160 scholars, librarians and IT managers from around the world participated. ORCID also hosted Codefest for developers that ran concurrently with the outreach meeting. 

ORCID as described by the developers is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications. ORCID provides two core functions:

  • a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities and
  • application programming interface (API) that supports system-to-system communication and authentication.

ORCID makes its code available under an open source license, and will post an annual public data file under a CC0 waiver for free download.

The presentations were excellent and delved right to the heart of the issues ORCID adopters face. In the opening remarks, Joshua Greenberg, Sloan Foundation Director of Digital Resources, said that ORCID IDs are central to the integrity of the scholarly record, particularly as new forms of scholarship evolve. Barbara Allen of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) highlighted the promise of ORCID as a durable persistent ID for enabling the discoverability of lifelong research contributions. In the panel discussion, “Why ORCID? Perspectives from the University Community”, Karen Butler-Purry of Texas A&M echoed this in her comments, commenting on the role of ORCID in relation to understanding student success. Neil Jacobs provided an overview of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) consultation on ORCID, which is culminating into an ORCID pilot project in the UK, and re-stated one of the early findings of the JISC task group—"ORCID should be a cathedral and not a bazaar: focus on providing a registry of persistent researcher identifiers and do that very well." And Yan Shuai of Tsinghua University spoke about the need for name disambiguation in the Chinese researcher community and summarized the challenges of embedding ORCID into research culture and systems.

There were also sessions covering ORCID integration into researcher information systems, ORCID identifiers in repositories, ORCID at professional associations, ORCID identifiers in access management, best practices in the promotion and creation of ORCID identifiers for faculty, staff and students for outreach and policy as well as technical integration.

We felt the meeting was tremendously beneficial for us as we continue to work hard to ensure we are tuned into issues facing scholarly publishers. If you would like to know more about how Crimson Interactive can help authors and publishers achieve their publishing goals, please contact us at

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