May 24, 2022 Project, ORCID, and NIF Partnership Receives $2.2 Million in Funding to Bring Annotation to Biomedicine

From the and ORCID Blogs:

The Project together with partners at the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) and ORCID has been awarded a 3-year, $2.2M grant by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to bring annotation to biomedicine. Web annotations, a new standard for digital notes on top of an existing online resource, are proving transformative in diverse fields from scholarly publishing to education, open government, and journalism. This project will bring these advances to biomedicine, where they have the potential to make a unique impact.


The partners will collaborate to incorporate ORCID contributor identifiers into annotations and into publisher workflows along with RRIDs, as well as exposing scholarly annotation activity in the ORCID interface.

Our proposal knits together identifiers and researcher ­driven commentary in a way that we hope will facilitate research activity and engagement with scholarly output in general. In addition, this proposal will enable the measurement and citation of annotation activity by researchers of scholarly research objects, making it possible to include such activity in institutional and individual research activity reporting.

The last key objective of our proposal is to facilitate the adoption of annotation generally in the biosciences. An early activity will be to organize and gather input from user groups and partners to better understand their needs, and evolve deliverables to meet them. We welcome interest by others that see the potential for this technology, and are eager to join forces with like-minded organizations and individuals.

More About the Potential of Annotation, the Partnership, and the new Helmsley Trust Biomedical Research Infrastructure (BRI) here or here.

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