From the ORCiD Blog:
ORCID has been using organization identifiers since 2013 but, realizing the limitations of solutions available then, we were among those calling for an open organization identifier initiative. In 2015, an Organization ID Working Group, led by a steering group made up of the Executive Directors of Crossref, DataCite, and ORCID was formed. This group developed a set of draft principles for Registry governance and product requirements, which were released for public comments and followed by a stakeholder meeting in January 2018. At least in part due to these collaborative efforts, the landscape of organization identifiers has changed substantially for the better in the last couple of years.
That said, more work is needed. Crossref and DataCite, together with other stakeholders, are moving forward with a proposal for a new entity to launch and manage an open independent organization identifier registry. We are pleased that this effort will be launched shortly and, while we continue to actively support this work, we have decided to not directly participate. Not only do Crossref and DataCite have the initiative well in-hand, we need to focus our limited resources on scaling our services and reaching financial sustainability.
See Also: Project Update: “Org ID: a Recap and a Hint of Things to Come”
From August 2, 2018.