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ORCID Plans For 2018: Rolling Out Our Core Strategies
Our countdown to 2018: 5 years in operation, 4 million registered researchers, 3 national laboratories collecting iDs and putting facility use information in ORCID records, 2 surveys, and 1 million affiliations associated with ORCID records.
So, what's in store for 2018? During 2017, we embarked on a journey to explore how ORCID can optimally position its offering to empower researchers and advance the research ecosystem to drive better research outcomes. We engaged in a scenario planning process, imagining potential scenarios for the research environment in 2035, and identified four core strategies:
Position the researcher at the center of all that we do
Invest in developing a robust information infrastructure
Enable a wide range of verified iD-ID connections
Develop sustainability through strategic relationships
We have created a roadmap for the next three years centered on these core strategies. Each year focuses on a specific research sector. During 2018, our goal is to make ORCID record information richer and more secure using the funding community as our lens.
We will be working to make it easier for researchers to connect information to enter data into their ORCID record, from using identifiers and APIs to resolve metadata to making it possible for researchers to proactively approve trusted parties from their ORCID account.
We will be collecting and sharing evidence demonstrating the impact of ORCID integrations on improving data quality and reducing researcher data entry burden. And, we will continue our leadership in researcher control and data privacy, making adjustments to our user interface and process documents to ensure we are ready for GDPR when it comes into force in May.
In 2018, we are engaging with funders in a project called ORBIT (ORCID Reducing Burden and Improving Transparency). We got a bit of a head start in 2017 with a series of webinars, the launch of the ORBIT funders working group, and the publication of our new funder web pages in November. In 2018, we will be working with funding organizations to review their application and reporting information needs, and determining what information could be supplied through the use of identifiers and APIs. We will be piloting projects with funders to test the feasibility of using ORCID as a hub to enable information sharing – both pulling information from and putting funded award information into ORCID records.
Since our launch, we have made substantial progress with ORCID adoption in the publishing community; well over 7,000 journals now use ORCID in the manuscript submission process, and more than 1,600 require iDs for authors. In 2017, our research institution initiatives made it possible to couple university identity management and ORCID sign on processes and we made it more straightforward for universities to add employment affiliation information to ORCID records. We’ve started work on updating our affiliations data model to accommodate service activities, professional awards, and memberships. This work will be released in the next iteration of our API in 2018.
We are starting the year hosting our first ever consortium workshop, which will introduce our 20 (!) consortia to each other, celebrate best practices, and encourage the development of shared approaches to ORCID awareness and adoption. ORCID consortia are fundamental to our mission and reflect our core values of global engagement and collaborative decision-making. Consortia help build national and regional communities of practice that support open research infrastructure on a global scale. We have been working on clarifying roles and responsibilities and launched our new consortium web pages at the end of 2017. We will be publishing an updated consortium member agreement early in 2018.
Share your ideas and follow our progress
As in previous years, we maintain an open roadmap and current development board, so you can check what is on our plan and what we are currently working on. We will also be posting regular updates here on our blog.
We welcome your ideas and comments!
Happy Holidays from the ORCID Team!
Season's greetings from all of us, and our thanks to everyone for your support in 2017!
Download our 3D cookie cutter pattern if you'd like to try your hand at making your own iD cookies!
(Photo - and cookies! - courtesy of Laura J Wilkinson)
Announcing results of 2018 Board elections
ORCID holds Board member elections every year, following an open recommendation and nominations process. ORCID Board members serve for 3 years; each year about a third of the Board seats are up for election. This year, we had six seats up for election plus an new seat for an additional researcher.
The Nominating Committee was chaired this year by Richard de Grijs, a researcher member of the ORCID board. The committee reviewed 20 applications, including 8 applications for the new second researcher position on the Board. Applications reflected the global nature of ORCID, with nominations from ORCID members in Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, Latin America, and Asia.
The committee must balance a number of objectives when developing the slate. Their overarching aim was to recommend candidates who are driven by the ORCID mission and are able to contribute to ORCID’s development, through their personal and organizational knowledge and networks of influence. The committee also was keen to ensure the Board was diverse - in terms of skills, geographic location, organizational representation, and gender. And, the committee ensured that the Board, as per our bylaws, remains majority non-profit.
The Nominating Committee put forth a slate of candidates, which was reviewed by the Board at its October meeting and then put forth to the ORCID membership.
After a 30-day period during which we recieved no alternate nominations, we opened elections via a secure voting web page. We emailed the main contact of each current ORCID member with details about how to vote. For those members who wished to vote in person, we provided details in the October member newsletter on how to participate in an ORCID Members webinar held on 21 December 2017. During this meeting, we described the nominations and elections process, took questions, and cast the final proxy vote to close the voting process.
Of the 729 members eligible to vote in the 2018 Board elections, 252 cast votes, above the 10% participation needed for the election to be valid. Of those members casting ballots, 236 (93.7%) voted in favor of the slate; 12 (4.8%) abstained, and 4 (1.6%) voted against the ballot. The election results were certified at 13:15 GMT on 21 December 2017.
Please join me in thanking our Nominating Committee for their service, and in welcoming our new and returning Board members:
On behalf of the Board and ORCID staff, our thanks to everyone who submitted nominations and participated in the elections process!
ORCID in 2017: The Directors' Cut
In 2017, we made progress on several fronts. We welcomed almost 200 new members, and consortia in Canada, South Africa, and Norway. We grew to over four million users, improved our Registry user interface, and undertook a major update of our training resources. We nurtured working groups on ORCID in Books, User Facilities, and Organization Identifiers. And as always, we released new features and were integrated into many more workflows, making life just that much better for researchers.
I thought it would be fun to hear the highlights from the Directors themselves!
Technology: Rob Peters
Looking back over 2017 and picking out our favorite/most important tech projects is harder than you think!
Our seven developers completed over 40 new projects.
Pushed out our 2.0 API. This marked a major shift from the original monolithic API designs to one that better reflects scalable RESTful designs
Share-my-id.orcid.org. An out-of-bandwidth project that helped shift how we think about supporting community needs. It provides a lightweight way of collecting Authenticated ORCID iDs and a first step toward tools we are planning in 2018
A quick, unplanned and under-pressure migration to a whole new CDN architecture to provide better international service, after our old CDN was blocked in a country that represents a major portion of researchers
It’s important keep up with best practices. That necessitated switching the canonical form of the ORCID identifier to a secure protocol and implementing OpenID Connect.
Of course some improvements are behind the scenes. In 2017 we implemented backend message queues to help us keep up with changes to the over four million records and 35 million items in the Registry. This also helped streamline processing of our annual public dump and enabled us to provide on demand data for our premium members
Strategic Initiatives: Laura Paglione
Our strategic initiatives work centers on preparing for the future, and ensuring that we are making impactful progress toward our mission with our current work.
During 2017, we embarked on a strategic planning process that will help guide our work over the next several years. Using a process called Scenario Planning, we envisioned four versions of how the research ecosystem may look 20 years from now, and considered the steps we should take today to prepare for any one of them. More details in a future blog post
In the last half of the year we worked to increase research institution engagement with ORCID, particularly in connecting affiliations to ORCID records. This work concentrated on adding new memberships from US-based research institutions, increasing the prevalence of research institutions asserting affiliations (earning Connect badges), and several updates to affiliations in the ORCID record, and to the resources that we provide
Early in the year, we completed work with the ORCID REFEDS working group to develop and release a comprehensive set of recommendations on ORCID use in the Federated Identity Management (FIM) community. The group published the recommendations as a report as part of the TNC17 proceedings
Partnerships: Josh Brown
ORCID is a community-led organization -- our users, members, and other partners are at the center of everything we do . These partnerships enable us to support identifier adoption, integration, and innovation globally while remaining a small, lean organization.Highlights from our first year with a dedicated partnerships role include:
We have worked to develop and embed a more strategic approach to partnerships in every team across ORCID, with a focus on organizations that share common principles with ORCID and are really aligned with our vision; strategic partnerships which help us to leverage and energise our global community; and tactical partnerships, where we can work together to deliver a really clearly defined goal. We are now building a framework to help us to understand and support truly effective partnerships
Over the last five years, we have been privileged to work with a truly superb group of volunteers from across the research world: our ambassador network. They have helped us to scale dramatically, and to become truly embedded in the community. Going forward, we are moving to a region- and sector-based community of practice approach, driven by our network of partners and consortia, so we have decided to wind up our formal ambassador program at the end of 2017. On behalf of everyone at ORCID, I’d like to offer a HUGE thank you to all our ambassadors, past and present,. We look forward to working with you in the future - stay in touch!
This year, we have been talking to research funding organizations, to better understand their needs. Funders collect a huge amount of information, and can make great use of identifiers to improve that data and make it easier for researchers and administrators. We hope you find our new suite of resources for funders and their system providers useful
We’ve also worked with a global group of funders to develop and launch the ORCID Reducing Burden and Improving Transparency (ORBIT) project, which aims to make it easier to share information, using open, trusted identifiers to automate and simplify the process of collecting and providing information. The project represents a real chance to improve the openness, reliability and interoperability of research information. Watch this space for more information in 2018
Operations: Sarah Hersberger
Much of what my team does - HR, finance, and operations - is internally facing, but has a critical impact on how ORCID is able to deliver its services.
We welcomed new staff in Germany, Hungary, the US, Brazil, and China. We now have 30 employees in 11 countries and collectively we speak nine languages!
Another big thank you to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust -- we are in the middle of a generous 18-month $1.84m grant that was awarded in October 2016.
We were awarded a $50,050 contract from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for our ORCID Reducing Burden and Improving Transparency (ORBIT) project and $19,900 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support travel expenses related to strategic planning at ORCID. Thank you to both organizations for your support!
We launched our own repository - which helps us deliver resources (with DOIs!) to you, including working group reports and our new training resources. Since its launch this past summer, we have published over 100 records, have over 24K views, nearly 9K downloads and have reached more than 25 countries
We completed another successful TrustArc (formerly TRUSTe) privacy audit
We are in the middle of our Board of Directors election process for the group whose three-year term starts in 2018. This year we received 20 applications to join the ORCID Board of Directors, including eight applications for the new second researcher Board position. More information about the 2018 elections can be found at https://orcid.org/content/2018-board-slate
Membership: Matt Buys
Membership is how we sustain the ORCID Registry. Our members provide insight into local research policy, they integrate ORCID iDs into information systems, they govern the organization, and our consortia help us scale globally.
During 2017, 192 members joined ORCID, including new consortia in Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Norway, and a funder consortium in the US
Going into 2018, ORCID is looking at supporting more than 1,000 member organizations. We launched an Internal dashboard to track membership growth, updated our consortium policy and member agreements, and are working with Rob’s team to test member self-management service options and automating processes. To establish a firm foundation for future growth, we formed cross-regional teams and coordinated regional engagement strategies
Our team hosted 15 open workshops in all regions, where we were able to listen to our community and better understand what you need from ORCID
Our largest member sector is research institutions. To ensure that this sector is growing sustainably, we worked with Alice’s team to revise our advice and documentation and rolled out the Institutional Connect program as a major strategic initiative
Community: Alice Meadows
The community team is responsible for bringing together the why (communications and marketing for ORCID) with the what and the how (member and user support) through community support, engagement, training, and outreach activities.
We continued to spread the word about our Collect and Connect program, and have now reviewed over 200 member integrations and awarded badges to more than 40 integrations that meet our best practices. Look out for a blog post on our 2017 achievements early next year!
To coincide with our fifth anniversary in October, we launched a suite of new training and outreach materials, including videos and a communications plan and resources, as well as fully updating our KnowledgeBase articles for users. More resources to follow in 2018
Working with Josh and Matt respectively, we’ve created new web pages and resources for funders, research institutions, and consortia, to better support those communities as they adopt and implement ORCID in their workflows
Together with Rob’s team, we’ve worked to improve the ORCID UI and make it easier for users to manage their records, including deprecating their own duplicate records, enabling easy printing of records, and improving the OAuth screen
[英語版： ORCID members in Japan seeking more concerted efforts]
日本ではすでにORCIDメンバーとなっている機関が中心となって、来年4月を目処に学術機関によるコンソーシアム設立を検討しています。東京工業大学でORCID実装にあたっている 森雅生教授 に現在の検討状況についてお話をうかがいました。
現在，Tokyo Tech Research RepositoryにORCID APIを実装し、研究活動のエビデンスとしてORCIDからデータをダウンロードしています。組織及び個人の評価システム（制度）を確立するにあたっては、まず研究者の活動状況について効率的なデータ収集が必要です。このため、ORCIDから研究業績データが自動的に提供されることは有益です。 本学では、海外からの研究者のリクルートや、本学を修了したポスドクの海外派遣の際に、ORCIDが役に立つことが知られつつあります．研究者情報の円滑な移行やプロモーションへの活用の観点で，ORCIDの需要は高まると考えます。