Getting ORCID off the ground was no small feat; anyone can have a vision for starting a new service, but it takes a special kind of collaboration, determination, and sense of purpose to turn that vision into a sustainable operation that has outlived all of its founders. In ORCID’s case, we take the “P” in Persistent IDs seriously, and are committed to providing unique identifiers to researchers and contributors in perpetuity. That’s quite an undertaking.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ORCID registry launch in 2022, we commissioned John Lehmann-Haupt, a writer familiar with the PID universe and with many years of experience in scholarly publishing, to interview many of the key people involved in the startup of ORCID and to capture their experience in a narrative form.
The result, ORCID’s First Decade: From Startup to Sustainability, aims to tell the story from the point of view of those involved. We hope you enjoy reading about our history!