Open Researcher and Contributor ID

One of the major issues in research is connecting the research outputs and awards granted to researchers – it’s a worldwide problem.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is an international initiative to address this problem.

This week NHMRC and ARC released a Statement on Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID).  The statement, which has been endorsed by UA, ARMS, CAUL and ANDS, proposes that Australia’s research sector broadly embrace the use of ORCID  as a common researcher identifier. It states:

As a matter of principle we:

1. Recognise the value of unique researcher identifiers in reducing red tape, increasing efficiency, improving data quality, integrating disparate data, promoting the reuse of data, and enhancing the online presence of Australian research to the global market; and

2. Commit to support the use of ORCID as a common researcher identifier.

Further information and the full Joint Statement of Principle is available at http://doi.org/10.4225/14/552b16efae74b

The NHMRC and the ARC joint statement on ORCID included the following:

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) encourage all researchers applying for funding to have an ORCID identifier.

Watch for more developments in this space!
Roxanne Missingham

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