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Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

Organization Launched To Solve The Name Ambiguity Problem In Scholarly Research

The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) initiative has officially launched as a non-profit organization, ORCID, Inc. Dedicated to solving the name ambiguity problem in the scholarly research
community, ORCID, Inc announced today that it has received a certificate of incorporation. ORCID, Inc. will explore approaches to address the name ambiguity problem as well as manage a registry of unique contributor identifiers. Enabling the clear identification of researchers and their research will enhance the scientific
discovery process and improve the efficiency of research funding and collaboration around the world. ORCID, Inc. is managed by a Board of Directors, comprised of fourteen members of the global scholarly research community. To date, the organization has attracted support from more than 115 organizations in academic, corporate, government, association and publisher industries around the world. “Difficulty in relating author dentities has negative impacts on scientific discovery, research productivity, collaboration, project funding, publishing output and even career advancement,” notes Martin Fenner, Hannover Medical School and Board of
Directors, ORCID, Inc. “The ultimate success of ORCID will be through extensive participation and collaboration from all members of the scientific and scholarly community.”

ORCID, Inc’s activities are expected to show benefits for the publishing process. “Author ambiguity presents challenges for publishers in serving our authors, readers and institutional customers,” says Bernard Rous, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Board of Directors, ORCID, Inc. “The ORCID registry of
unique contributor identifiers, used collaboratively by scholarly societies, publishers and all organizations involved in the scholarly enterprise, will enable us to build richer, more precise and comprehensive services for the varied communities we serve.”
“The problems associated with researcher identity ambiguity have become unwieldy as the volume of authors and published works continues to expand globally, and as more research output requires attribution,” added MacKenzie Smith, MIT Libraries and Board of Directors, ORCID, Inc. “We hope to work openly and collaboratively with the entire community to facilitate the solution.”
For more information about ORCID, Inc. please visit
www.orcid.org.

About ORCID, Inc.
ORCID, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the name ambiguity
problem in scholarly research and brings together the leaders of influential
universities, funding organizations, societies, publishers and corporations from
around the globe. The ideal solution is to establish a registry that is adopted and
embraced as the de facto standard by the whole of the community. A resolution to
the systemic name ambiguity problem, by means of assigning unique identifiers
linkable to an individual's research output, will enhance the scientific discovery
process and improve the efficiency of funding and collaboration. The organization is
managed by a fourteen member Board of Directors. For more information, visit
www.orcid.org.
ORCID, Inc Board of Directors
Liz Allen, Wellcome Trust
Amy Brand, Harvard University
Craig Van Dyck, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Martin Fenner, Hannover Medical School
Thomas Hickey, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
David Kochalko, Thomson Reuters
Salvatore Mele, CERN — European Organization for Nuclear Research
Ed Pentz, Publishers International Linking Association, Inc.
Howard Ratner, Nature Publishing Group
Bernard Rous, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
Chris Shillum, Elsevier
MacKenzie Smith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
Hideaki Takeda, National Institute of Informatics (NII) (Japan)
Simeon Warner, Cornell University Library
The Board of Directors is listed at: www.orcid.org/board-directors

Wilmington, DE, September 7, 2010

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