Between 6-7 February, in Covilhã and in Lisbon, IT was one of the many organizations present in the event SKA Days PT, an initiative that aimed to promote the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) - the world's largest radio telescope - with the Portuguese scientific and business community. With 19 countries involved in the project SKA, the Portuguese consortium brings together the Instituto de Telecomunicações, the Polytechnic Institute of Beja and the Universities of Aveiro, Porto and Évora, through the Infrastructure ENGAGE SKA.
The event - which presents the scientific, technological and industrial vision of the project, highlighting the Portuguese participation – was an opportunity to identify value-added collaborations and to promote the presence of the national community in the SKA work groups, strengthening the active role in the preparation and exploration of the project.
Held in the Noble Hall of the City Council of Covilhã, the first day of the event was a chance to discuss about the SKA's challenges, links and opportunities, as well as the reasons for choosing Portugal to develop the project.
Already in Lisbon, in the Auditorium of the Pedro IV Foundation, the second day of the event opened with a debate about the key goals of the SKA Day in Portugal, followed by a session – moderated by Carlos Salema, the President of IT – were the discussion was focused on a new approach to SKA´s global challenges and opportunities.
This initiative was jointly organized by the FCT, TICE.pt, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Faculdade de Ciências of the University of Porto, University of Beira Interior, Parkurbis, the City of Covilhã, Altice and ENGAGE SKA.
IT´s integration of ORCID was awarded the Authenticate, Collect, Display, and Connect badges of ORCID´s Collect and Connect program - a set of resources and guidelines for ORCID integration and engagement – thus becoming the first organization in Portugal to achieve this integration level.
Gathering a global community of all kinds of stakeholders from the research ecosystem, ORCID is a non-profit organization that aims to help all who participate in research, scholarship and innovation to have a unique identification and to be connected to their contributions and affiliations, across disciplines, borders and time.
With hundreds of ORCID Member Organizations globally building ORCID identifiers into their systems, as well as some funders and publishers now requiring ORCID iDs, researchers are increasingly likely to encounter ORCID in their day-to-day life. Therefore, the ORCID Collect & Connect program has been developed to streamline the integration process and foster a shared user experience, ensuring researchers and member-integrators understand what ORCID is, and why and how to engage.
It is essential that organizations play their part in planning and building an ORCID integration system that enables connecting validated, trustworthy information about its researchers and their affiliation with the organization to their ORCID records. ORCID evaluates the level of integration in each system according to five parameters: Authenticate and Collect – means that the system collects validated ORCID ID´s for individuals, ensuring they are correctly connected with the institution; Display – ID´s are displayed on the organization website, platform, systems, meaning they are plumbed to support ORCID ID´s; Connect – data is connected to ORCID Records, enabling researchers to provide validated data to others; and Synchronize – the organization system is synchronized with the ORCID Registry, which improves reporting speed and accuracy, reducing the burden of entering the data manually