The ORCID blog recently featured an article on two of ProQuest's customers, the British Library and Texas A&M University, discussing how unique identifiers are helping to connect researchers and elevate individual academic careers through publishing recognition.
According to their website, "ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications."
Rebecca Bryant, the author of the article, is Director of Community at ORCID where she leads outreach initiatives to encourage the adoption of ORCID identifiers throughout the scholarly communications community.
Her blog begins: "In the past few weeks, we've seen some exciting new integrations that link ORCID identifiers with graduate student thesis and dissertation information. These developments, coming from the British Library and Texas A&M University, help connect scholars with their important, early career publications....
"Texas A&M University (TAMU) is working to integrate the ORCID identifier at the point of deposit and publication, through integration in the Vireo Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) submission and management system, in which the student's ORCID identifier is connected to their thesis during document deposit. In the first phase of its integration, TAMU launched an outreach campaign culminating in the creation ORCID iDs for its 10,000+ graduate students. Following the May 2014 graduation period, TAMU will be pushing ETD information into ORCID on behalf of its students, creating verifiable links between identifiers for the student, their thesis, and their degree-granting institution....
"As part of the European Commission-supported ODIN Project, the British Library has now made it possible for researchers and scholars to import their thesis listed in the EThOS database into their ORCID record using a newly-developed search and link wizard."
ProQuest's 4 million+ dissertations and theses will be a big part of this initiative too. Austin Mclean, ProQuest’s Director of Scholarly Communication and Dissertation Publishing says, “We are actively looking at assigning and integrating ORCID identifiers into ProQuest Dissertations resources and distribution services."
Jeff Baer, ProQuest’s Vice President of Operations, Research Solutions Product Group adds, “We will be embedding ORCID into our suite of products, including our service for the university research office, ProQuest Pivot, which contains 3.2 million scholar profiles used to recommend targeted funding opportunities. ProQuest recognizes the importance of ORCID, and after these initial steps, we will be incorporating ORCID into our wider ProQuest product portfolio."