The ORCID Researcher Advisory Council (ORAC) is a diverse group of researchers who provide valuable perspectives and advice to ORCID staff and the ORCID Board to ensure that ORCID provides value and utility to researchers and facilitates research and innovation.
To ensure that we keep the researcher at the center of everything we do at ORCID, the ORCID Board approved the creation of the ORCID Researcher Advisory Council (ORAC) in 2021. Council members have the opportunity to influence and shape the direction of ORCID. In addition to ensuring that their perspectives are considered in ORCID decision making, participation allows members to build an international network of like-minded individuals, and to gain experience through understanding the governance of an international non-profit organization.
Members of the ORCID Research Advisory Council advise the ORCID Board and staff on matters such as, but not limited to:
- ORCID’s policy as it relates to researchers, especially privacy-related matters
- ORCID’s strategy, particularly around researcher engagement and maximizing value to researchers
- Ease of use of the ORCID services and tools
- Researcher use cases and functionality of the ORCID registry and related tools
- Integration between ORCID and other tools, systems, and services used by researchers
- Communication and outreach to the researcher community to drive adoption and use of ORCID
- The use of ORCID data in research and meta research, including the public data file.
Initially, Council members serve for a two-year term. Thereafter, members of the Council may be invited to serve a second one-, two-, or three-year term to ensure staggered rotation of appointees going forward.
Council members meet virtually twice a year and participate in an online forum to discuss and consult on topics as they arise.