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ORCID: Why researchers need one and how it can help your organisation

This session will address the benefits of ORCID IDs for researchers and how integrating ORCID with research systems at your organisation can benefit both parties. To understand the potential that ORCID can provide for an organisation, we will explain the Collect and Connect program to help members plan a program of work for integrating ORCID. Part of the session will also highlight bespoke integration use cases from Australian ORCID Consortium members and the benefits it has delivered to researchers and organisations.

ORCID is an Open Research and Contributor Identifier that has been developed for researchers and provides them with a unique identifier for life. A researcher’s ORCID is owned by them and follows them through their career to new organisations, across disciplines and globally. The ORCID ID is a unique 16-digit numeric identifier that is free to all researchers and helps them to distinguish their research work and activities from others. To put it simply, by having an ORCID ID no two researchers with a similar name can ever be mistaken as the same person.

ORCID is helping to facilitate research visibility for researchers globally, identifying experts and enabling greater international collaboration. However, it is not only the researcher that can benefit from ORCID. From an institution’s point of view, member organisations that integrate the ORCID API (application programming interface) within research management systems, databases, identity management systems and institutional repositories are able to accurately identify and connect researchers, with their professional activities.

Member organisations that have implemented ORCID within their systems are developing a workflow that builds a trusted research infrastructure and enables member organisations to:
•    Collect validated ORCID IDs of employees, members, affiliates, and students to ensure associations with the preferred name (and organisation identifier) of the organisation and to enable cross-system tracking and analysis
•    Display IDs to signal to employees and affiliates that information systems are plumbed to support their use of ORCID
•    Connect information about affiliation – and, if applicable, contributions – to an individual’s ORCID record, making it easy for them to share this trusted information with other systems and profiles they use
•    Synchronise with systems to improve reporting accuracy and speed.

These four integration connections are part of the ORCID Collect and Connect program that has been developed for member organisations. As part of this session, some Australian Consortium Members will share their bespoke integration stories and which of these connections they have already integrated.

It should be noted that these integration activities are a multiyear program of work and a member organisation will go through an iterative process of planning, developing and integrating ORCID into research systems and processes.