Investigating PIDs for organizations – ORCID DE 2 project successfully completed

Project partners of the ORCID DE 2 project

As an open infrastructure that is embedded in its community, DataCite is involved in various projects to promote our vision of connecting research and identifying knowledge through persistent identifiers (PIDs). Within the German ORCID DE 2 project, DataCite led the work package on organization identifiers – including ROR. This guest blog post by Antonia Schrader is a crosspost from the ORCID DE blog outlining the achievements of the ORCID DE 2 project.

On November 30, 2022, the ORCID DE 2 project came to a successful end. The project was funded in two funding phases (2016 to 2019 and 2020 to 2022) by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and initiated by the German Initiative for Network Information (DINI). ORCID plays a central role at the level of national standards, such as the DINI Certificate and the Core Data Set for Research (KDSF), but also at the local level in German academic institutions. 

While the focus of the first funding phase was on establishing ORCID across institutions (in 2016, Forschungszentrum Jülich was until then the only scientific institution in Germany working on integrating ORCID into internal systems as an ORCID member, see ORCID DE 1 proposal, p. 3), the activities of the second funding phase from 2020 onwards focused on consolidating the ORCID information infrastructure in Germany. 

What was achieved?

The project was able to successfully contribute to the promotion and dissemination of ORCID as a PID for researchers and contributors in Germany on various levels. These include:

Which role did DataCite play?

In 2019 when the grant proposal was written, PIDs for organizations were an emerging topic and the Research Organization Registry (ROR) was officially launched. Together with Crossref and the California Digital Library, DataCite has been running ROR as an open infrastructure to provide a PID for research organizations. 

As a logical consequence, DataCite led the work package seeking to identify the status quo and future requirements of organization identifiers at research institutions in Germany. We conducted an online “Survey on the Need for and Use of Organizational Identifiers at Universities and Non-University Research Institutions in Germany” among 183 research institutions in Germany during the period July 2020 to December 2020. This survey constitutes the largest study on organizational identifiers in Germany to date. Among other things, the survey included questions on the knowledge, distribution, and use of organizational identifiers at research institutions. In addition, requirements for organizational identifiers and their metadata (e. g., relations and granularity) were queried. The findings of the survey were published, contributing to the advancement and an increased awareness of organizational identifiers in Germany; especially, the ROR ID. As soon as the English translation of the German article is available, we will report more about the results in our blog.

What’s next?

As described above, the ORCID DE project partners have started working intensively on linking ORCIDs to other PID systems. To push this interlinking even further, the project partners of ORCID DE submitted a grant proposal for the project “PID Network Germany” to the DFG, which was accepted for funding.

Within PID Network Germany, the project partners have set themselves the goal of establishing a network of research organizations interested in PIDs for researchers, organizations, publications, resources, and infrastructures. In addition to identifying needs and optimization potential for existing PID systems, the project’s findings will lead to recommendations within the framework of a national PID roadmap for Germany. 

Building on the knowledge and experience gained from the successful implementation of ORCID DE, the aim is thus to connect PIDs and to improve the metadata quality of publications and resources across disciplines and countries. 

Thank you!

The project partners DataCite, the German National Library, the Helmholtz Open Science Office, Bielefeld University Library and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) would like to thank all colleagues and institutions for their active interest and great support. 

We are very much looking forward to continuing our conversation with you about PIDs in research and culture in Germany and beyond!

Antonia Schrader
Helmholtz Open Science Office | Blog posts
Paul Vierkant
Outreach Manager at DataCite | Website | Blog posts