A major challenge facing VIVO is the retrieval of published works associated with specific authors from participating institutions, and automated disambiguation & identification of authors and scholarly works. VIVO thus shares many of the same goals as the Open Researcher and Contributor ID not-for-profit organization (ORCID: http://www.orcid.org). ORCID is working to solve the long-standing name ambiguity problem in scholarly communication globally, not only for researchers affiliated with academic institutions, but for contributors to scholarly works of all kinds. The aim of this mini-grant collaborative project is to explore how VIVO and ORCID could interact in the scholarly identity ecosystem, by way of small-scale implementation work and technology evaluation&review. The presentation will provide a brief introduction to ORCID and a background to the project, summarize the technical development undertaken thus far and outline the work remaining, and discuss some possilities for future work beyond this specific short-term project.