Researchers can now create or connect their ORCID identifier (ORCID iD) in the Research Councils’ grants system (Je-S) by logging in to their personal information page. This is an important first step towards improving the flow of research information across the higher education sector.
ORCID offers a platform for researchers to capture their scholarly activities throughout their careers even if they change name, publish under different variations of their name, move institutions, or switch fields. This helps them get exposure and recognition for their work. Increasingly it will be a tool to link and re-use research information unambiguously across multiple systems whether that’s for funders, publishers or their university.
Professor Jane Elliott, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), chairs a sector-wide group that is undertaking a project to map what datasets are available across the UK research landscape and provide ways to make them more widely available for a range of potential users. She said:“ORCID is one of the key tools we have at our disposal to facilitate the linking of individual researchers to all their outputs with as little manual effort as possible. Increased use of ORCID and similar tools will improve data quality and interoperability between data sources. In turn, this will encourage a wider use of evidence to inform future research investment priorities. I use ORCID myself to keep a track of my own academic activities, and I am pleased to see that journals are increasingly encouraging its use.”
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ORCID is an international, interdisciplinary, open, and not-for-profit organization created in 2010 for the benefit of all stakeholders, including research organizations, research funders, organizations, publishers, and researchers. http://orcid.org/
Mapping of the UK knowledge and research landscape is a report from a high-level landscape mapping group made of representative from the Research Councils, Innovate UK, HEFCE, and other, published in February 2016 as a first step in refining and bringing together datasets that can be used and exploited further to inform strategic decision-making and enable funders to identify how future funding could be targeted to achieve the best value for money. http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/landscape/
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