Very soon IT researchers will say goodbye to the long manual updates of their research record. Since January 1st IT has become an ORCID Member Organization. Supported by a global community of all kinds of stakeholders from the research ecosystem, ORCID is a non-profit organization that aims to help create a world in which all who participate in research, scholarship and innovation, are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions and affiliations, across disciplines, borders and time.
ORCID provides a digital ID that distinguishes between researchers, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submissions, supporting automated linkages between the researcher and his work - a link to the researchers ORCID records will appear next to the authors name across different platforms, thus facilitating widespread access points to his research history.
The IT web system is now using ORCID services to two-way sync metadata between the two databases. Therefore, following the researcher´s previous authorization, the IT database can be instructed to automatically update her/his record in the ORCID Registry. IT can also automatically import works from ORCID Registry and updating missing information in the researcher´s record in the IT web system.
Accurate identification of researchers and their work is one of the pillars for the transition from science to e-Science where in scholarly publications can be mined to spot links and ideas hidden in the ever-growing volume of scholarly literature. A disambiguated set of authors will allow new services and benefits to be built for the research community by all stakeholders in scholarly communication: from commercial actors to non-profit organizations from governments to universities.