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!