The ORCID DE project, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), has got much closer to achieving its goal – the dissemination of ORCID in Germany – in the past year including:
- The sixth edition of the leading standard for Open Access repositories and journals in Germany was published in early October with the “DINI Certificate for Open Access Publication Services 2019”. Four recommendations for implementing ORCID were added to the certificate, continuing the project’s activities in the field of standardization as outlined in the “DINI Position Paper: Author Identification using the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)”, published last year.
- Another ORCID DE workshop was held at the beginning of October as part of the Open-Access-Tage 2019 in Hanover. ORCID Inc. and representatives of the ORCID consortia in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland contributed to this international discussion. The results of a short survey conducted in June by the ORCID Germany Consortium were also presented as a poster at the Open-Access-Tage. This poll of our 50 consortium members focused, among other things, on the target infrastructures and software solutions in which ORCID is to be implemented.
- Since July 2019 it has been possible to link ORCID with the Integrated Authority File (GND) via the “ORCID Search & Link Wizard”. The German National Library, as an ORCID DE project partner, has successfully interlinked authors and their publications in the German National Bibliography with the GND and ORCID iD. Since 2017 it has also been possible for authors to claim their works in the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) using the “ORCID Search & Link Wizard”. In September 2019, we celebrated more than 100,000 works claimed in BASE – a decisive contribution to the dissemination and acceptance of ORCID iD in Germany.
In addition to reaching these milestones, the success of the ORCID DE project can also be seen through these metrics:
- As of October 2019, there are 157,381 ORCID iDs with a .de e-mail address or the country set to Germany, compared with 43,798 ORCID iDs at the beginning of the project in April 2016.
- The ORCID Germany Consortium now has 54 members, including universities, non-university research institutions and research funders, compared with just one in May 2016. The majority of these institutions have either already implemented ORCID or are in the process of doing so.
Through the launch of the ORCID Germany Consortium and the achievement of these project milestones, the ORCID DE project has made a significant contribution to the establishment and growth of the ORCID community in Germany. To ensure that this young and rapidly growing community can continue to develop steadily, we have applied for a second phase of project funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG). If approved, ORCID DE2 will investigate the use of organizational identifiers as well as further optimizing the services that have been set up so far and ensuring that the ORCID Germany Consortium is sustainable.
The ORCID DE project’s achievements so far confirm the success of Germany’s project-supported dissemination of ORCID iD. This approach will be pursued further in order to anchor ORCID sustainably in the overall German research landscape.
The German version of this article is available at https://www.orcid-de.org/orcid-de-meilensteine-und-kennzahlen/