ORCID launched in NZ

November 2016

Dr Laurel Haak, Executive Director of ORCID. Photo: Dr Rob Whitney, IRANZ.

The New Zealand ORCID consortium was launched on 13 October at the Royal Society in Wellington. Dr Laurel Haak, Executive Director of ORCID, based in the United States, explained to a science community audience how ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides a unique identification for scientists, which can be automatically updated as research is published. The New Zealand ORCID Consortium will be hosted by the Royal Society of New Zealand.  IRANZ are one of the sponsoring organisations and ten out of 34 foundation members are Independent Research Organisations.

Increasing investment in the New Zealand science and innovation system has increased the need to better understand and demonstrate system results and impacts, increase transparency, and improve access to data.  As part of this initiative MBIE have chaired the ORCID NZ working group and will be funding the consortium.

ORCID provides a unique identifier that ensures research work is correctly attributed to its creator. At the launch at the Royal Society in Wellington, IRANZ Executive Officer Rob Whitney described ORCID as a Facebook or LinkedIn type profile designed for researchers, in which they can capture the outputs from their research and link them to their career path and science funding. Science organisations will be able to use this information in making investment proposals to government agencies, and in reporting on those proposals. Government agencies will be able to use the information to better understand and demonstrate the results, impacts, and value of investment in the New Zealand science and innovation system.

Dr Whitney says IRANZ is honoured to be a part of and actively involved in this initiative. “We expect to be on the ORCID NZ Advisory Committee, and have been actively involved in developing a list of some 80 research outputs which researchers will be able to use in their ORCID profiles. These outputs go well beyond the traditional journal and conference papers, to including development of Standards and IP, representing New Zealand on international committees (such as IPCC), and using social media to promote the use of their research results.”

Please also see: Joint Statement of Principle: Adoption and use of ORCID identifiers in New Zealand
and Data and information improvement | Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment