From the UF Faculty Update Newsletter; thanks to Plato Smith, Data Management Librarian and all who contributed to this!
Researchers and scholars face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing their research activities from other researchers and scholars with similar names. Researchers need to be able to easily and uniquely attach one’s identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, notebooks, and grant funding proposals. Research collaborations across disciplines, institutions, and borders require interactions with an increasing number and diversity of information systems (ORCID – http://orcid.org/node/47). A researcher’s unique identifier improves interactions between diverse information systems. An ORCID id is an example of a unique identifier for authors, researchers, and principle investigators. Some benefits include author disambiguation and compliance with funders’ and publishers’ administrative metadata requirements.
ORCID stands for “Open Researcher and Contributor ID” and provides a permanent unique identifier for connecting research to researchers and an ORCID id is a unique identifier for researchers and scholars. As part of UF’s Data Management and Curation Task Force (DMCTF) campus-wide ORCID outreach and promotion initiative for research data support, the UF DMCTF is pleased to announce your ORCID id can now be added among your list of unique identifiers in the myufl directory profile system. Below are steps to register for an ORCID id, add your ORCD id to your myUFL directory profile, and view how an investigator’s unique identifier such as an ORCID id fits within a research data management plan.
Step 1: Register for your ORCID id here.
Step 2: Add your ORCID id to your myUFL
- Log on to myUFL
- Select Main Menu
- Select My Account
- Navigate to and select Update My Directory Profile
- Scroll down to Identifiers section under the Passport heading and enter your ORCID id numbers only (e.g. 0000000012345678) in the input field next to ORCID
- Click Submit at bottom of the page
Step 3: View an example on the use of a unique identifier such as an ORCID id in the Digital Curation Centre’s Checklist for a Data Management Plan here.
The Smathers Libraries will offer training on ORCID id starting in summer 2016 within the ongoing program of research data management training.
Please visit getting started with creating your ORCID identifier and adding it to the UF Directory here.
Please contact the Data Management Librarian or your Subject Liaison Librarian for ORCID id questions.