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Visualising Strength of Institutional Collaboration using Enriched Orcid Data

Mr Melroy Almeida
1, Dr Amir Aryani2, Elleina Filippi1

1Australian Access Federation, 2Research Graph

Background: ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent identifier for researchers that connects them to their research contributions.

The connections between researcher, research output and affiliation with organisations matter, because research progress is based on the communication of ideas – between individuals and organisations – and research credit and careers are built on the quality and success of those communications. ORCID is helping to facilitate research visibility for researchers globally, identifying experts and enabling greater collaboration. Today’s global environment allows for universities to unite across national and international borders and work towards the common goals of research and learning. Collaboration allows them to forge partnerships and pool resources to align themselves strategically with innovative efforts in the field.

Method: In a recent article in Nature Scientific Data [1], an open access graph was published that captured connections between Australian research datasets, publications and grants linked using the

Research Data Switchboard. The authors use this graph along with other datasets including ORCID IDs to map the collaboration between universities nationally and globally.

Findings: The result of the above work is a newly established link that demonstrates the following connections:

  • publication > researcher (ORCID) > affiliation > university

  • publication > grant > researcher (ORCID) > affiliation > university

  • dataset > researcher (ORCID) > affiliation >university

  • dataset > publication > researcher (ORCID) >university

    Using these links, the authors have built a network

    showing the strength of collaboration between the different Australian universities. In addition to national level connections, collaborations with international research institutions can also be viewed.

    Discussion: The graph will map the strength of collaborations between institutions nationally and 

    internationally. Does collaboration strength depend on geographical location or specialisation in similar disciplines? In the presentation, the authors will discuss the answers to the above questions and more using the graph developed.