Sarah C. Williams
Life Sciences Data Services Librarian
Nov 5, 2012
ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID initiative, was launched in October. ORCID provides individual researchers with a persistent digital identifier to distinguish your research from the research of others with similar names. The identifier can be attached to a variety of research outputs, such as datasets, articles, citations, and experiments.
ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based initiative with two main functions: (1) a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of research activities, and (2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication.