Yesterday I attended an ORCID Outreach Meeting which was held at the University of Oxford. As described in Wikipedia ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a “nonproprietary alphanumeric code to uniquely identify scientific and other academic authors. This addresses the problem that a particular author’s contributions to the scientific literature can be hard to electronically recognize as most personal names are not unique, they can change (such as with marriage), have cultural differences in name order, contain inconsistent use of first-name abbreviations and employ different writing systems.” The outreach meeting provided an opportunity to hear about take-up of ORCID IDs, see examples of systens which are being developed to manage or exploit ORCID IDs and to hear about plans for further activities.
The half-day meeting was held at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. In the afternoon a meeting on “Getting Credit for your Work: A Symposium on Research Attribution” was co-hosted with Dryad, a curated resource that makes the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable.
I enjoyed the meeting and found it useful to see how ORCID adoption is growing steadily, but also to see the demonstrations online pharmacy reviews which illustrated how ORCID is being used by a variety of organisations. However, as was discussed during the meeting, there is a need to go beyond the early adopters in order to ensure that take-up of ORCID IDs continues.
I was pleased the the slides used by the speakers were made available on Slideshare and that this was done shortly on the day of the event. I’ve embedded the slides which were used during the morning’s event below. Note that these are also available from the ORCIDSlides Slideshare account.
Presentations by ORCID Staff
Status and Plans, Laure Haak, ORCID Executive Director
ORCID Outreach, Rebecca Bryant, ORCID Director of Community
Technical Update, Laura Paglione, ORCID Technical Director
Integrating ORCID in Profiles and Screen Shots [remote presentation],
Chris Dorney, Boston University
Capturing ORCID iDs in the manuscript submission and production process, Paul Peters, Hindawi Publishing
Linking ORCID and DataCite, Mummi Thorisson, ODIN
Using ORCID iDs to support institutional reporting systems, Thorsten Hoellrigl, Avedas