Challenges and benefits of using ORCID for early career researchers and research organizations
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Universities and postdoctoral affairs offices also have challenges of collecting meaningful data about the outcomes of their students and trainees. Early career researchers also face the challenge of ...

Universities and postdoctoral affairs offices also have challenges of collecting meaningful data about the outcomes of their students and trainees. Early career researchers also face the challenge of not having their work discovered and recognized because of name ambiguity problems: common, changed, or misspelled names.

Melanie Sinche, Harvard University

From Webinar 4/23/14, https://orcid.org/content/identification-early-career-researchers-how-universities-and-funding-organizations-are-using

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Challenges and benefits of using ORCID for early career researchers and research organizations Challenges and benefits of using ORCID for early career researchers and research organizations Presentation Transcript

  • Challenges and benefits of using ORCID for early career researchers and research organizations Melanie Sinche Director, FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Harvard University http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5238-9642 1
  • Case Study: Harvard University • Decentralized campus • 10 separate schools • Tracking systems for postdocs vary across schools  Several different systems used to track postdocs  Individual departments also maintain their own tracking systems CHALLENGE: How can we identify our postdocs in an efficient way?
  • • Various funding sources • Over 1,000 postdocs are not on payroll, due to types of funders, funder requirements CHALLENGE: How can we use tracking systems to ensure equity, regardless of funding source? Case Study: Harvard University
  • • Postdoc outcomes difficult to track • NSF: Early Career Doctorates Survey • Need for exit data on the local level remains • Graduate student outcomes also difficult to track • Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) • Local exit surveys CHALLENGE: How can we capture data on outgoing graduate students and postdocs effectively? Case Study: Harvard University
  • How can ORCID help with outcomes tracking? A persistent identifier benefits researchers & organizations • The ORCID identifier stays with researchers throughout their career • Connects them reliably with their research outputs • Improves discoverability of their research • Improves information sharing—offering us all better data in the future ORCID Public Data “All data contributed to ORCID by researchers or claimed by them will be available in standard formats for free download (subject to he researchers’ own privacy settings) that is uploaded once a year and released under a CC0 waiver.” 5