Happy Birthday ORCID


Three years ago today Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID) launched its service at the Outreach Meeting in Berlin. One of many tweets from the launch day:

Congrats to @orcid_org the ORCID registry is live (http://t.co/2lxn0nLa) NPG is a proud launch partner (PR): http://t.co/9eiqe44x

— Nature Publishing Gp (@npgnews) October 16, 2012

Executive Director Laure Haak was written a nice blog post summarizing the achievements in the past few years, going from 0 to 1.7 million registered users, 400 members and a staff of 20. Congratulations!

On October 17, a day after the ORCID launch, DataCite started to work with ORCID in the European Commission-funded ORCID and DataCite Interoperability Network ODIN, a project that has laid the groundwork for the integration of both the two services, and associated datasets. DataCite is continuing work with ORCID in the follow-up project THOR that started in June, and there will soon be an exciting announcement about a new integration of the two services.

This birthday has a special meaning for me, as I was a member of the ORCID Board at the time, and had helped organize the launch event in Berlin, as well as the kickoff meeting of the ODIN project, and a well-attended German-language event on author identification in the same venue two days before the launch, co-organized by DINI and the Helmholtz Association. It is really amazing how far we have come since then.

Thank you ORCID for all your great contributions!

Martin Fenner
Technical Director at DataCite | Blog posts