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Following on from the discussions between ABES and ORCID in 2015, we are delighted that our two organizations have now signed an MOU, committing ourselves to further dialog on technical interoperability and cooperation on coordinating external communications.
ABES – Agence Bibliographique de l’Enseignement Supérieur – is a French public agency and creates and manages information-based tools and services for university and research communities. Together, ABES and ORCID have an important contribution to make to the scholarly community: coordinating efforts to adopt identifiers and standards to manage access to and reporting of research works.
The two organizations aim to improve and harmonize ABES and ORCID metadata schemas for data and researchers, to develop new interoperable APIs for our services, and to create complementary user services.
The MOU commits us to:
- Encouraging the use of persistent identifiers for researchers, works, and organizations in thesis and dissertation data systems and in scholarly publications and archives.
- Communicating the benefits of identifier systems for researchers, including building awareness and encouraging interactions between ORCID IDs and IdRef in the French research community.
- Supporting non-ambiguous, machine-readable, and verifiable links between researchers, works, and organizations.
- Exploring the use of ORCID iDs in authority files, and data from authority files in ORCID accounts.
- Developing use cases and encouraging the use of ORCID APIs in ABES systems such as theses.fr, Sudoc and IdRef, including investigating the integration of ORCID iDs to support discovery in these systems.
To achieve this program, ABES and ORCID plan to carry out an analysis of the needs and requirements of the French academic institutions and research organizations that have expressed an interest in IdRef and ORCID.
This cooperation between ABES and ORCID is an essential first step in helping our two organizations decide how to work together more closely in future. Membership of ORCID, which some organizations have asked about, is also a possibility for those who are interested in the challenge of individual identifiers in the field of research.
Look out for further updates!