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ORCID for funders webinar - Sarah Townsend, * March 2017


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Funders play a critical role, along with universities and publishers, in building and supporting the infrastructure to support open research. Major funders, such as the European Commission, agree that persistent identifiers for people and works are necessary components of this infrastructure. ORCID provides researchers the tools to link their ORCID iD to their funding awards and a growing number of funders are integrating ORCID identifiers into grants application and post-award reporting workflows or are planning to do so. Using ORCID functionality helps to streamline reporting processes during grant application, and, after award, to enable outcomes reporting. This webinar is designed to connect funders who are integrating ORCID identifiers or are looking to do so.

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ORCID for funders webinar - Sarah Townsend, * March 2017

  1. 1. ORCID webinar Sarah Townsend, Senior Advisor MBIE
  2. 2. RCUK ORCID timeline Jun 15 Dec 15 May 16 Oct 16UK ORCID consortium Launched by Jisc RCUK Become members of ORCID Je-S RCUK announce ORCID integration with Je-S GtR RCUK announce ORCID iDs published in GtR
  3. 3. “Many journals are already asking authors to include their ORCID iD in new submissions and funders such as Research Councils have also begun to ask researchers to include their ORCID iD when applying for grants. As a researcher there are many benefits to having an ORCID iD. Through my ORCID iD, I can recognise and collate a diverse range of research outputs (e.g. journal publications, datasets, designs, equipment, methods, computer code) which are uniquely identifiable to me. This helps my work be accurately and quickly discovered, increasing its ready availability as a result of the open access systems we use (e.g. NORA). Importantly, this also improves the scientific traceability of my research, linking together different research outputs and datasets when archived in different places. The extent to which my research outputs have been used by other researchers can be more accurately demonstrated using platforms such as ResearchGate and Google Scholar, improving my research profile and helping me better demonstrate the impact of my research activities. An ORCID iD and QR code on business cards is also a quick and easy way for new contacts to readily reach my research profile, promoting collaboration opportunities and new science ideas Dr Matthew Horstwood has been working as a researcher for over 18 years and is currently employed at the British Geological Survey. He has been talking to other researchers at BGS about the benefits of ORCID and has used his ORCID profile to capture over 80 works he has authored or contributed to going back as far as 1999, as well as grants he has received and his employment history. ” Publicising the benefits of ORCID
  4. 4. 11,620 ORCID iDs connected to contacts in Je-S 20% of all data 4% of all funded awards 7,000 applications per year 2,500+ research grants awarded per year 2,430 People with an ORCID iD published in GtR, associated with 7,130 projects and 56,088 research outcomes
  5. 5. Uptake by staff role Principal Investigator Fellow Co Investigator Researcher Co Investigator Total ORCID iDs all roles % with an ORCID iD vs. those that don’t for each role type
  6. 6. Uptake by discipline area PIs with an ORCID iD as % of all records in GtR AHRC BBSRC EPSRC ESRC MRC NERC STFC
  7. 7. Uptake by age and gender 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 Principal Investigator Fellow Co Investigator Researcher Co Investigator Total Female Male
  8. 8. 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000 12000 Principal Investigator Fellow Co Investigator Researcher Co Investigator Total With iD Total Male 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 Principal Investigator Fellow Co Investigator Researcher Co Investigator Total With iD Total Female
  9. 9. Challenges • To mandate or not? • Limitations with our current IT estate
  10. 10. Top tips • Keep things simple and prioritise requirements – helps manage expectations! • Think from the start where you want to be heading – don’t close the door to future developments • Focus on building work flows that create benefits for researchers and wider system • Tell the community what you're up to – blog, tweet etc.