From an ORCID Blog Post:
Research resources run the gamut from research facilities housing specialized equipment, to repositories, museums, and field stations that house physical collections. Both for the purposes of research rigor and reporting, it is important to be able to trace the resources that were used to generate research findings.
We’ve been working with a community group to determine whether and how identifiers can enable acknowledgement of resource use. Our 2017 report documents findings and recommendations for resource hosts and publishers and describes specific pilot projects.
A number of organizations have indicated interest in participating in these projects since the report was published, including museums, national libraries, field stations, and large scientific facilities. In discussing use cases, we determined that ORCID needs to make some adjustments to our data model and Registry user interface, to accommodate the diversity of facilities and methods for requesting access to them.
The Working Group report found that resources are distinct from both affiliations and funding, so we are creating a new Research Resources section in the ORCID record and updating our APIs to convey resource information.
Today we are launching Research Resources web pages describing the new functionality and inviting community participation in implementation projects, both for resource workflows and publication workflows.
We will be updating these pages with examples of implementations and organizations that are using the acknowledgement workflows.