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Author Topic: ORCID - anyone got one, or any views on one?  (Read 1142 times)
empyrean_aisles
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« on: November 25, 2012, 1:08:24 PM »

So a few of the digital humanities folks I know were chatting last week about ORCIDs (https://orcid.org). I searched the fora but nothing comes up when I put ORCID into the search box (I know, I know, not a guarantee that there isn't in fact lots of discussion about it ...). So I wanted to ask the more tech-savvy CHE denizens what the word on the street was about them.

At a quick glance it looks to me like a good idea to have a single ID to differentiate researchers, particularly for those people with common names or who share names with porn stars and/or researchers in related fields, but I guess I'm just surprised not to find more people talking about them, bar the usual early-adopter suspects.

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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2012, 3:57:56 AM »

I didn't learn about this until after leaving academia.  I might yet sign up, but I have an unusual name, so I'm not that fussed. 

I didn't attend the session, but the ORCID people were at SpotOn London this year, and people I spoke with who went to their workshop were quite buzzed about it.  I didn't get into any detailed conversations, but a few people mentioned being sceptical going in but enthusiastic coming out.

It seems like a good, common sense idea to me, anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2012, 9:24:51 AM »

The idea of having a unique online identifier dedicated to research and contact information without all of the ads, upsell attempts, and social networking garbage of sites like LinkedIn is pretty attractive. I wonder how many organizations are signing on to this, since it looks at first glance like that's what is going to make it work.
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