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What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) 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.

Individuals can obtain an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) identifier which is a digital identifier that distinguishes individual researchers from other researchers and enables them to manage their records of activities, and search for others in the Registry.

The ORCID Registry is available free of charge to individuals, who obtain an ORCID identifier.

ORCID provides two core functions:

  1. A registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities
  2. APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication.

ORCID makes its code available under an open source license, and will post an annual public data file under a CC0 waiver for free download.

Organisations may become members to link their records to ORCID identifiers, to update ORCID records, to receive record updates from ORCID, and to register their employees and students for ORCID identifiers. 

For more detailed information about ORCID or to register for an ORCID iD go the ORCID website.

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Why an Australian ORCID Consortium Model?

In mid-2015 the ORCID Working Group saw the potential for an Australian consortium approach to integrating ORCID. This is in line with similar adoption activities occurring internationally.

The model is designed to maximise the benefit of ORCID within each institution through reduced costs as a consortium member, flexibility for members in terms of implementation and roll-out of ORCID within each institution and ongoing support provided by the Consortium Lead.

ORCID Consortium Model

What are the benefits of being part of the consortium?

As part of the Australian ORCID Consortium all member institutions will have access to full features of premium ORCID membership for a substantially reduced fee. Premium membership is the highest level of ORCID membership and also comes with local technical support. The main features include: