Connecting researchers and research: The Australian ORCID Consortium

Consortia launch

Consortia launch (from left to right: Dr Laurel Haak, Executive Director, ORCID; Mr Tony Krizan, FCPA: Corporate Operations and Information, National Health and Medical Research Council; Prof. Aidan Byrne, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Council; Prof. Keith Nugent, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), La Trobe University; Ms Linda O’Brien, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Information Services), Griffith University; Prof. Brian Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor, Australian National University; Senator Zed Seselja, Liberal Party, ACT; Dr Adrian Burton, Director, Services, Australian National Data Service.

The Australian ORCID Consortium was launched at the Australian National University on 15 February 2016 as part of the ORCID Outreach Meeting.

Forty of Australia’s major research institutions joined forces in a consortium to adopt the global Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) system with the objective of enhancing the visibility of Australian researchers and research.

The establishment of the consortium was facilitated by Universities Australia, the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australasian Research Management Society, the Council of Australian University Librarians, the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology, the Australian National Data Service and the Australian Access Federation.

Griffith University bookended the two-day Outreach Meeting. Griffith University, Pro Vice Chancellor (Information Services), Linda O’Brien, introduced the conference theme and participated in the keynote panel.

Griffith University, Professor, Andrew Brown gave the closing keynote address. Andrew’s highly entertaining and informative talk outlined how he saw his ORCID as a key tool to manage, link and promote his work.

Universities Australia, Chief Executive, Belinda Robinson said: ‘This is a tremendously important initiative for researchers and for the nation.

‘By bringing together a researcher’s intellectual property – patents, research studies, publications and grants – into one place, regardless of where they’re employed or where they live, the visibility and profile of their work is greatly elevated’, she said.

ARC CEO Aidan Byrne said: ‘The establishment of the Australian ORCID Consortium reflects the strength of the Australian research sector’s shared commitment to improve research management.

‘It provides a foundation for the collaborative adoption of ORCID, which will enable streamlining of processes to assist researchers and ensure mutual benefits for research institutions and government agencies’ said Aidan.

Find out how to register for your free ORCID ID.

Check out the light-hearted coverage of the meeting in The Australian. Or take the Australian ORCID Consortium Acronyms Quiz.

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