May 19, 2022

Metadata: UK’s Research Councils (RCUK) Joins ORCID

UPDATE RCUK (Research Councils UK) Joins ORCID Consortium

Offered by Jisc, the framework agreement will enable RCUK to access the benefits of ORCID at reduced costs and with enhanced technical support. It joins almost 50 universities to have taken up membership since the consortium launched in summer 2015.

Importantly, RCUK’s announcement follows a report by Professor James Wilsdon from earlier this year called The Metric Tide, which urged the UK research system to take full advantage of ORCID as its preferred unique ‘iDs’ and for it to become mandatory by the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). This sentiment was reiterated by a joint RCUK and Jisc report, highlighting ORCID as the leading standard for researcher identifiers.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: RCUK Announcement

Also new today, a new 2015 year-in-review post focusing on how funders are working with ORCID was shared on the organization’s website today.

Here are a few highlights:

Fourteen research funders in six continents are now ORCID members, with half of these joining in 2015: the Australian Research Council, CONCYTEC (Peru), FWF (Austria), MQ (UK), National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), National Research Foundation (South Africa), and Research Councils UK.

Four funding system platforms have now integrated ORCID

Eight funding organizations now require use of ORCID

The US Department of Transportation announced that it will be requiring its reseachers to use ORCID when publishing (November 2015)

Much More in the Complete Blog Post

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