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Academia & Beyond!
To achieve our vision of a world where everyone who participates in research is uniquely identified and connected with their affiliations and contributions, we need to establish and maintain meaningful channels of engagement with our diverse community. This includes engaging with researchers about when, how, and why you use your iD and your experience of doing so, as our UX Designer, Mallory Robertson recently explained. We also listen to what you have to say on social media, at events and workshops, and elsewhere. And we actively seek to gather information about users via our regular community surveys and through other research, such as the THOR Study of ORCID Adoption across Disciplines and Locations.
With 2019 being our Year of the Researcher, we have a great opportunity to focus even more of our efforts on understanding your needs, which is why we recently launched our Academia & Beyond project. Working with a global task force of individual researchers and representatives from relevant research organizations, we are focusing first on the arts and humanities community.
We are taking an evidence-based approach to understanding how these communities work, what makes them tick, and how we can better meet their needs -- including challenging some common assumptions! For example, the THOR analysis mentioned above showed that proportionately more arts & humanities scholars have an iD than expected based on publication activity; at the same time, these same scholars have proportionately fewer works connected to their ORCID record compared with researchers in other fields. We’d like to better understand how to support the interest in ORCID the arts and humanities community is demonstrating.
During the first phase of Academia & Beyond, we are developing maturity models for ORCID adoption and use in this broad community. This includes identifying the key tools and services they use that have either already integrated with ORCID or could in future; assessing awareness of ORCID among researchers in these fields; and understanding the context for wider ORCID adoption, including major challenges and opportunities.
We are fortunate to be supported in this work by a group of invited participants and community volunteers who have agreed to share their experience and expertise. The Arts & Humanities Task Force, which I am chairing, was launched in May, with the following members:
Anne Boddington, Kingston University, UK
Katherine Burton, Taylor & Francis, UK
Grace Cho, Artrepreneur, USA
Peter Cornwell, Data Futures, France
John Cussans, Independent Researcher, UK
Milena Grass Kleiner, University of Colombia, Colombia
Siobhann McCafferty, Australian Research Data Commons, Australia
Poul Melchiorsen, Aalborg University Library, Denmark
Pierre Mounier, OpenEdition, France
Jefferson Pooley, Muhlenberg College, USA
Ellie Porter, Art 360 Foundation, UK
Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute/College of William & Mary (ORCID Board member), USA
They are helping us to:
Recruit researchers in their communities for the user journey project
Identify appropriate conferences and other events for worthwhile ORCID engagement
Develop and implement improved messaging about ORCID for their communities
Identify and address barriers to the use of ORCID in their communities, including making recommendations for new features if needed
Implement/improve ORCID integrations and/or messaging at their own organizations
For more information, please see the Academia & Beyond Task Force web page.
Based on what we learn from this approach, we plan to launch a second task force later this year, which will focus on clinical medicine/science; please let us know if you’re interested in participating. You can also help by sharing information about key systems and platforms used by arts & humanities scholars that could or should implement ORCID, or whose current integration could be improved. And everyone is welcome to join the conversation on our Friends of ORCID Slack workspace!
We look forward to sharing more with you as this project progresses - and thank you!
Recognizing Our Consortia Lead Organizations
Consortia are fundamental to ORCID -- they enable broad adoption of ORCID with attention to local context. They help us maintain a small staff and in turn we can pass on low membership costs. Together, our consortia lead organizations support about 70% of our members, and help us better understand an address community challenges and opportunities.
At our recent consortia workshop in Atlanta, USA, we were delighted to recognize the contributions of six consortia lead organizations that have significantly helped grow and support the ORCID community.
Above, left to right: Award-winners Sheila Rabun and Celeste Feather of LYRASIS (center), Wesley Barrey of TENET (left), and Pål Axelsson of SUNET (left)
IUCC (Israel): For Excellence in Fostering ORCID integrations among Consortium members
In just eight months, IUCC supported four research institutions (representing 40% of the consortium) in building out the primary ORCID use case for this sector: collecting authenticated iDs and posting affiliation data into ORCID records. Consortium lead, Dror Berger, has guided consortium members through the integration process (including meeting Collect & Connect badging requirements), facilitating the launch of new systems where researchers can use their iD. This has included regularly following up with members, providing them with detailed information, and keeping up-to-date with their integration plans.
Jisc (UK): For Excellence in Investing in Supporting Infrastructure
For their collaboration with EPrints to develop a new plug in using the member API. This allows ORCID members using the EPrints repository to collect ORCID iDs from repository users and add employment affiliation (or education where appropriate) to the user ORCID record. It further enables users to manage ORCID permissions, and import and export publications seamlessly between ORCID and EPrints. Reporting features for repository administrators are also available. Adam Vials-Moore, UK ORCID Senior Community Engagement and Technical Manager collected this award on behalf of the Jisc team.
ORCID-DE (Germany): For Excellence in Strategic Advocacy
For their legal analysis of ORCID Data Privacy and their “ORCID Position paper” to promote ORCID in German-speaking communities. ORCID DE have hosted three well-attended workshops and use their blog to actively promote every new consortium member, the adoption of iDs in Germany, and other milestones. Their outreach efforts have led to constant growth, with 14 new members onboarded during 2018, and four so far in 2019. In addition, two of their members have created exemplar integrations that are in the top 20 for adding works to records: DataCite (129,568 works added) and Bielefeld University Library (BASE - 89,615 works added). Head of PID Services, Britta Dreyer, accepted this award on behalf of the ORCID-DE team.
SUNET (Sweden): For Excellence in Strategic Advocacy
The second award in this category went to Swedish consortium lead, SUNET. Pål Axelsson and his colleagues have continued to lead ORCID advocacy in Sweden, in particular providing valuable guidance around ORCID’s role in the Federated Identity Management (FIM) community.
TENET (South Africa): For Excellence in Bringing together Identifiers and Identity
As the first ORCID consortium in Africa, TENET has focused on establishing ORCID within their trust and identity services. The consortium continues to grow as a result of their continued advocacy, and they are currently working to establish a national tool to better support South Africa consortium members. System Administrator for TENET, Wesley Barry, accepted the award on behalf of the team.
US Community Consortium lead LYRASIS: For Excellence in Motivating Communications
For bringing four distinct and far-flung communities together and developing a successful community of practice in the US, through webinars, online resources, and the US Community online forum (open to non-members and members alike). Our special thanks to Sheila Rabun, Community Lead for the consortium, for her active engagement and enthusiasm in building the US ORCID community.
Please join us in congratulating these organizations and individuals -- and in thanking all our consortia leads for their help growing and supporting ORCID adoption in their communities. Your support is invaluable!
ORCID in Atlanta: Our Second Consortia Workshop
Our second consortia workshop, co-hosted with LYRASIS in Atlanta, US on May 19 - 22, was attended by ORCID consortia leads, Board members, and staff from around the world -- from Australia to Brazil and beyond! Through a program of sessions based on direct input from the four consortia in the Americas (Brazil, Canada, and two in the US), we got to listen and learn from each other, and share our ORCID knowledge and experiences.
ORCID Integrations Through the Eyes of… Board members Richard de Grijs, Veronique Kiermer, Daisy Selematsela, and Chris Shillum shared their experiences of ORCID from the perspective of (respectively) a researcher, an author and publisher, a grant applicant and funder, and a database platform. It’s always good to “see yourself as others see you” -- the good and the bad -- and our Product Director, Tom Demeranville and UX Designer, Mallory Robertson came away with lots of feedback! They’ll be updating our Product Roadmap and User Feedback Trello boards with planned improvements in the coming weeks and months.
Where Will We Be In 2025? A future-gazing session with ORCID Executive Director, Laure Haak, Board members, Linda O’Brien and Chris Shillum, and consortia leads, Poul Melchiorsen and Steve Pinchotti. After the speakers shared their own views on the topic, we broke into four small groups and spent time discussing:
- Services. What services would be most helpful for consortia leads? What member self-service functionality would be really helpful for consortia?
- Managing costs. Can we be more efficient in managing service costs while continuing to deliver excellent services? What are major cost drivers for consortia leads?
- Measuring progress. What metrics will help monitor progress? Is the Collect & Connect badging program useful? What would be useful measures of progress/success?
- Assessing value. What evidence would be appropriate for assessing consortium lead maturity?
Keynote: Karin Wulf. Since 2019 is our Year of the Researcher, we wanted to make sure that the researcher perspective was represented in the workshop. Board member, historian, and Director of the Omohundro Institute, Karin Wulf, provided a great start to the event with her keynote on the challenges and opportunities of using ORCID as a humanities scholar.
We also had a special guest -- former scientist, funder, and PID enthusiast, Carly Strasser, now Director of Academic Alliances and Data Strategy at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. In her own inimitable style, her presentation summed up what she learned at the workshop, by drawing parallels between ORCID and the city of Atlanta, including:
Problem-solving. Just as Atlanta helped address civil rights issues, so ORCID is helping solve problems for researchers, including reducing the need to manually enter data (for example when applying for a grant with the Australian Research Council); providing a portable identifier that they can use to connect with their tools wherever they work; and eliminating static CVs.
Diversity. Atlanta embraces diversity, and so does ORCID. Our community includes individuals and organizations across all sectors, regions, and disciplines -- ORCID users and non-users, members and non-members. Ensuring that we understand and meet the different needs of these communities is essential to achieving our shared vision.
Growing. Atlanta is known as the city in a forest, with trees growing in 48% of its land. The ORCID community is also growing, in part as a result of the advocacy efforts of our consortia leads and their members. These include an initiative by the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center that resulted in 2,000 students registering for an iD in just six months; consortia lead Altum’s work on the career impact of funding programs; and Macquarie University’s systematic program of encouraging ORCID registration for all faculty and updating their records with affiliation information.
Misunderstandings. There are no fewer than 26 streets named Peachtree in Atlanta, after the Creek Indian village near what is now the Buckhead area of the city. But some experts believe that peachtree is actually a corruption of pitch tree. Our consortia leads shared with us some of the ORCID myths and misconceptions they encounter in their communities, such as “ORCID Is just another profile system”, “I want my privacy”, “Librarians will manage my profile”, and more. We need to help address these misunderstandings through better messaging for researchers.
The journey. The American historians among you will know that Atlanta is famous for, among other things, being the starting point for General Sherman’s march to the sea. A key theme of our consortia workshop was the user journey, including an interactive session, led by Mallory Robertson, on how we are engaging with users to help improve the UI.
Our thanks to everyone who attended the workshop, and shared their experiences and expertise. You can find all the presentations, posters, and videos in our repository. Like all ORCID resources, they’re available under a CC0 license, so feel free to download and use them in your own community!
ORCID Values in Practice: Announcing our Board Meeting Attendance Fund
ORCID was founded on principles of openness, transparency, inclusion, and collaboration. These principles define our organizational culture, focus our passion, and guide everything we do, from community engagement to staff training to governance.
ORCID has a broad user and member community. Our more than 6.5 million users are from every country in the world, while our 1,000+ members are from over 40 countries and every sector of the research community. We need deep engagement from this community in order to succeed, which means that we must be inclusive.
We are a fully virtual organization, with staff in 12 countries speaking at least as many languages, to help us understand local challenges and provide appropriate support for implementation. We work actively to live and breathe inclusiveness in how we work, actively engaging within and across communities, and doing lots and lots of listening.
Community engagement also includes governance. We have a Board of about 15 Directors from member organizations as well as up to two researchers who need not be aligned with a member organization. Our Directors are driven first and foremost by the ORCID mission, and they represent a variety of stakeholders, have credibility in their sector of the community and beyond, and are able to contribute to our development through personal and organizational knowledge, as well as through their networks of influence.
Our Board is, per our bylaws, majority non-profit, and to ensure inclusive representation we seek balance by region, community sector, research discipline, skills, and demographics. This balancing act is carried out by our Nominating Committee, who have the task of creating an election slate from among many highly-qualified nominees.
To ensure the deep engagement we need to achieve our vision, we ask our Board Directors to commit to attending three in-person meetings each year. This can be costly, given the global scope of both our Board membership and meeting locations, which may hinder prospective candidates from indicating their interest in serving. We have always reimbursed attendance costs for our researcher Directors and, this year, the Board has decided to create a Board Meeting Attendance Fund to reduce barriers to participation for member-affiliated Directors who need financial support.
We encourage you to consider participating in our governance! You can nominate yourself or (with their permission) someone else from an ORCID member organization who you consider to be qualified for the role. More information about our elections and the nominations process is available here. Nominations are due by 1 August.
Related Posts and Pages
Nominations Now Open for ORCID Board Elections 2020
Listening to Our Community
ORCID: We Won’t Be Sold
ORCID Vision, Mission, and Values
The O in ORCID
ORCID in the Asia-Pacific Region: Involve, Engage, Consolidate
This post was co-authored by our Asia Pacific Engagement Team members, Chieh-Chih Estelle Cheng, Camillia Lu, Brian Minihan
The past year has been busy for the ORCID Asia-Pacific community. During the second half of 2018, a new APAC Engagement team was born: Brian Minihan, based in Hong Kong, and Camillia Lu and Estelle Cheng in Taiwan. We each have responsibility for specific countries across the region, and we also act as regional liaisons for communications and outreach (Brian), technology and product management (Estelle), and building and maintaining organizational partnership relationships (Camillia).
The new team’s first priority was to establish communications across various APAC community groups through regionally focused roundtable meetings, workshops and blog posts. We recently held our first in-person APAC Engagement team strategy meeting in Hong Kong to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. So now is the perfect time to share with our broader community more on our progress to date and our plans for the rest of this year!
We have identified three different stages of ORCID adoption in research workflows across our region:
Involvement -- organizations that are working to get researchers and institutions involved in linking ORCID iDs to their research works and making them shareable and discoverable through identifiers.
Engagement -- organizations that are communicating with partners with similar interests to build strength through numbers and reduce barriers in sharing research information.
Consolidation -- members who are actively expanding existing connections and integrations in the community.
At present, there are three ORCID consortia and 143 ORCID member organizations in the region; we support and interact with them in Cantonese, English, Japanese, and Mandarin.
Asia-Pacific makes up 14% of ORCID’s total membership and 32% of ORCID Registry usage. That usage is represented in the image below by shading - the more users in a country, the darker it appears on the map.
We’re keenly focused on helping our community link research through ORCID and other identifiers. For example, Airiti, a prominent e-publishing platform for Chinese-language works, leverages its work registering DOIs and other activities in the persistent identifier community to engage with researchers and other institutions in Taiwan. Their search and link wizard -- recommended for those with Chinese-language publications -- enables users to quickly and easily import metadata from Airiti Library, including journal papers, proceedings, dissertations, and books. They are building the foundations to eventually link researchers, publishers, institutions, and funders through ORCID integration.
We are proud that our region has one of the highest ORCID member integration rates -- roughly 70% of APAC members have at least one integration, with third-party system integrations accounting for about 45% of these.
(106 ORCID integrations in Asia-Pacific by vendor system)
Integration examples via ORCID-enabled systems include:
DSpace-CRIS @ NTU
S2iD @ Kyoto University
Custom-built integrations from across the region include:
Social Science Academic Press (China)
CSIRO ORCID Integration (Australia)
A significant number of initiatives by organizations to consolidate existing connections with ORCID are underway or in the planning process in our region.
The Australian ORCID Consortia Lead organization, Australian Access Federation, a National Research and Education Network (NREN), is undertaking an effort to define success in maturity several years after ORCID adoption nationally. They’re hoping to share their experience and leadership with emerging federated technology organizations, such as in Hong Kong, communicating AAF’s efforts in providing connections, as well as communication and technical resources. Royal Society Te Apārangi, the New Zealand ORCID Consortium Lead organization, works with other global organizations seeking to learn from its centralized NZ Hub ORCID integration, which supports New Zealand researchers looking to connect their funding and publications, and adding that metadata to NZ Hub users’ ORCID records.
In 2019, we’re planning ORCID staff visits to Northeast Asia including China, Japan, and Korea, following a visit to Australia and New Zealand in April/May. We will be holding our next ORCID members Town Hall Meeting on May 31 (morning hours in Asia Pacific). If you’re affiliated with an ORCID member organization, join us to hear more about our regional strategy, financials, and details from the Nominating Committee Chair for the next Board Election. Also look for us at the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity on June 2-5 in Hong Kong and the Crossref Live Kuala Lumpur event on July 8 at the Ministry of Education in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Building on our success working with publishers and funders, reaching out to research administrators in Asia-Pacific is also a key strategy in 2019. Look out for details of our webinar about ORCID and research management later this year.
We also warmly invite you to participate in our working groups and other community initiatives, including volunteering to help test our user interface -- read more in Friends of ORCID.
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