ORCID is committed to keeping the researcher in the center of everything we do, and our newly launched Researcher Advisory Council (ORAC) was created to help us keep that commitment.
Since the ORCID registry was launched 10 years ago, a lot of social and technical advances have been made in the way research and scholarly data is managed and shared. ORCID now partners with over 1,200 member organizations with nearly that many systems integrated with our registry. We have grown to well over 13 million researcher-record holders who regularly use their records to easily share their data with an increasing number of funding, publications, data repositories, and other research workflows.
As ORCID continues to grow to meet new challenges and opportunities that emerge in the scholarly communications community, ORAC was created to ensure that we keep the researcher at the center of everything we do. The Council will provide their valuable perspective and advice to ORCID’s staff and Board to ensure that we keep our focus on the most impactful services and products to researchers that can help them spend more time conducting their research and less time managing it.
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Following our call for nominations in 2021, we received over 100 applications from researchers across the globe and were impressed by their excellent qualifications, range of expertise, and enthusiasm for ORCID. Initially, ORAC members will serve for a two-year term, after which they may be invited to serve a second one-, two-, or three-year term to ensure staggered rotation of appointees going forward.
ORAC will meet virtually twice a year, starting in Q1 2022, and will participate in an online forum to discuss and consult on topics as they arise.
The selection committee sought to create a Council that reflects ORCID’s diverse and global user base, with special attention to discipline, expertise, career stage, and region.
We are delighted to announce that the following researchers have accepted ORCID’s invitation to serve as members of our inaugural researcher advisory council. Their full bios can be found here.
- Timothy Adivilah Balag’kutu Institute for Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, USA
- Sima Berendes London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
- Lisa DeBruine University of Glasgow, UK
- Rounak Dubey NRI Academy of Medical Sciences, India
- Dilfuza Egamberdieva National University of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan
- Lisa Jo Elliott Penn State, USA
- Paul Farrow Oxford PharmaGenesis, UK
- Alex Godoy Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile
- Andre Leon S. Gradvohl Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
- Lasith Gunawardena University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
- Caroll Hermann University of Zululand, South Africa
- Romain Jacob ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- Adviti Naik Jana Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar
- Rania M Rafik Khalil The British University in Egypt (BUE), Egypt
- Pradeep Kumar University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- Niels G. Mede University of Zurich, Switzerland
- Declan O’Loughlin Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- P. Ravi Shankar International Medical University, Malaysia
- Suzanne Stewart, University of Chester, UK