ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) has recently launched its Registry where researchers can differentiate themselves by creating a unique personal identifier.
The ORCID Registry has been engineered by Semantico. The technical solution uses an API-driven service-oriented architecture, and is being developed using an agile, iterative process.
Interoperability is critical, so the system has been designed to enhance the scientific discovery process and improve the efficiency of research funding and collaboration within the research community. Thomson Reuters has provided ORCID with a perpetual license and royalty free use of ResearcherID source code giving ORCID the critical technology to create its system.
The system as launched provides a switchboard for linking with other existing researcher identifier systems. Elsevier is providing a way for researchers to link their Scopus Author IDs to ORCID and synchronize their publication information between the two systems. Thomson Reuters’ ResearcherID® will link to ORCID and allow researchers to synchronize their publication information. In addition to manuscript tracking systems and vendors including Nature Publishing Group, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Copernicus, Aries, Scholar One, and eJournal Press, several research information system providers have integrated ORCID identifiers, including AVEDAS, figshare, KNODE, Faculty of 1000, and ImpactStory. Through its affiliate ORCID EU, ORCID is working with DataCite to link ORCID identifiers with research datasets.
“ORCID addresses a problem shared by individuals and organizations across the research community: reliably connecting research with researchers,” said Laure Haak, Executive Director of the non-profit ORCID organization. “But ORCID is more than a Registry, it is a community effort to embed these identifiers in research workflows. ORCID iDs will be as important as the DOI; every researcher funder, publisher, and research organization, will engage with the system over time.”
“We are very pleased to see this project go live” said Richard Padley, Managing Director of Semantico. “Semantico has an excellent track record in building software for the scholarly community, and this major project will further cement Semantico’s reputation as an expert in the scholarly publishing sector.”
ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. It distinguishes one person’s research activities from those of others with similar names. More here http://www.orcid.org and http://www.semantico.com/
(ACCESS 83, December 2012)