Spotlight: The ORCID Project – Connecting Research with Researchers

Dr Johanna Archbold , Institute Librarian, Athlone Institute of Technology.
Dr Johanna Archbold , Institute Librarian, Athlone Institute of Technology.

Working Group 19, co-chaired by Dr Johanna Archbold (AIT) and Jerald Cavanagh (LIT), is responsible for setting up ORCID cross institutionally to capture broader research outputs and professional contributions, and to be the basis for future research infrastructure.

AIT and LIT joined the Irish ORCID consortium in spring of this year with the goal of building a shared academic, research and professional identity. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Number), a non-profit organisation set up by researchers, forms part of the wider digital infrastructure needed for researchers to share information on a global scale. The platform enables transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions (awards, memberships, publications, peer-review, service and more), and affiliations by providing an identifier, an ORCID ID, for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities.

ORCID reaches beyond traditional academic and research boundaries to include professional staff too, allowing for the recognition of academic and research activities that can fall outside the narrow definition of what it means to be research active. It provides staff with an opportunity to share the full range and diversity of their activities, the totality of which is not captured anywhere else within current organisational systems. By giving equal weighting to membership and service, funding and works, ORCID allows for recognition of the broader scope of academic and research contributions.

"ORCID reaches beyond traditional academic and research boundaries to include professional staff too, allowing for the recognition of academic and research activities that can fall outside the narrow definition of what it means to be research active.”

Ongoing growth and adoption of the ORCID platform across both institutes demonstrates the direction of travel in terms of researcher profile and active outreach to the research community. This project has both strengthened the working relationship of AIT and LIT’s libraries and built a strong foundation for an ORCID engaged academic and research community. It has also established a core principle of the new TU that academic and research contributions, beyond just peer-review publications, are valued and recognised for their professional, sectoral and public impacts. The ORCID platform will have longer and deeper impacts for academic, research and professional profiling when it can be connected to internal research and staff systems.

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