[Taxacom] Open Research Contributor Identifiers (ORCID)

Dan Lahr dlahr at ib.usp.br
Fri Oct 4 12:27:10 CDT 2013

Hello Andy,

I appreciate the clarification, I have been wondering about this ORCID for
a little while now.  I have a few questions about this, please understand
them as honest questions and not meant to discredit the initiative.

1. Both my institution and the main funding agency in my area have
requested that I create a Researcher ID, which is run by Thomson Reuters.
My understanding is that the goals of Researcher ID are quite similar to
ORCID's.  Both organizations (my institution and my main funding agency)
use ISIK to obtain data.  Is there a fundamental difference between ORCID
and the ResearcherID, and why should I sign up for another one?

2. Besides ResearcherID, other funding agencies both national and abroad at
different times have required that I set up a Mendely, ResearchGate, Google
Scholar account.  There were others but I simply refused to set up even
more accounts to receive even more spam.  By this time I thought I would be
pretty well identifiable.  Is there any chance people will unify these



On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM, Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk>wrote:

> I note that a few people posting to this list include a string like:
>    ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5882-6823
> or:
>    ORCID: 0000-0001-5882-6823
> in their email signatures (as indeed do I in this post), but from what
> I can see in the list's archives, this system has never been explained
> here.
> An "Open Research Contributor Identifier" (ORCID; <http://orcid.org>),
> is a UID (which can be expressed as a URI) for scientific and other
> academic authors. Think of it as a DoI for people.
> An ORCID disambiguates people with the same or similar names; and
> identifies works by the same author under different names (changes on
> marriage, divorce; different spellings or initialisations, etc.) as
> being by that one person.
> As the website says: "ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven
> effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher
> identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities
> and outputs to these identifiers".
> Several journals and publishers, not least Nature, are including ORCID
> in their publishing workflows, and institutions are including it in
> their staff records system.
> Individuals can sign up for an ORCID at <http://orcid.org/> and then
> include it in their attribution in their research papers, other
> publications, correspondence and stationery. I encourage you to do so.
> --
> Andy Mabbett
> @pigsonthewing
> http://pigsonthewing.org.uk
> http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5882-6823
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