ORCID now available for European institutions

Unique global ID for authors

08 FEB 2016

SURF and ORCID have come to an agreement through which ORCID will be made available via SURFconext. Dutch science writers will receive a unique global ID with ORCID, but can simply log in using their institutional accounts. The linking of ORCID and SURFconext also makes this service available to researchers throughout Europe.

Insight into author portfolios with ORCID

The linking of ORCID and SURFconext is done through eduGAIN. The use of non-unique personal names can lead to confusion regarding the authorship of a publication. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) offers a unique global author ID. This makes it clear to all who the author is and which works he/she has published. By using ORCID authors can display their portfolios more easily, for example when submitting manuscripts or grant applications.

Pilot implementation of ORCID at universities

‘Dutch universities are very interested in the linking of ORCID with CRIS (Current Research Information Systems). The question arises as to what role ORCID can play in the work flow that leads to the publication of research results or other research services,’ says SURFmarket’s John Doove. He is coordinating a pilot implementation of ORCID at universities. ‘The establishment of the link has been made possible by the AARC project and the THOR project.’

Linking of ORCID with other research infrastructures

The agreement between SURF and ORCID and the link with SURFconext makes ORCID broader, safer and more easily accessible for European research authors. According to ORCID Executive Director, Laure Haak: ‘Creating links between national and international research infrastructures such as SURFconext and eduGAIN is a great way to make it easier for researchers and data managers to manage and share research information.’

Data storage in the US

Although Dutch researchers will log in via SURFconext, the data will be stored in the US. See  the blog post ‘Identifying scientific researchers: ORCID & SURFconext’  for more information.

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Latest modifications 10 Feb 2016