Google+ Followers

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributor ID

Nature ran a piece recently about ORCID.  ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, and has the goal of making it easier to know exactly who is responsible for a given bit of research.  ICPSR is a member of ORCID.

The article points out the most prolific researcher (by name) in 2011 is Y Wang who has published nearly four thousand times!  And, of course, this is because although Y Wang is a single name, it belongs to many different people.  And so how do you know how many of these publications we should credit to any one of those people known a Y Wang?

Having a unique way to identify someone is certainly useful, but it is mainly useful if EVERYONE participates in the scheme.  For example, what if all of the people who already have a ResearcherID (such as myself - E-9184-2010)  opt out of getting an ORCID too?  Or, will either of these be any better than using an email address to identify someone?

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.