Earlier this year we announced a new data model to acknowledge research resource use on ORCID records. Now with the launch of the first release candidate of our upcoming API 3.0, we introduce a new section to the ORCID record: research resources.
Research resources are specialist resources used for research purposes, and can include anything from research facilities housing specialized equipment (laboratories, observatories, ships, etc.) to digital repositories; and from museums and galleries to field stations that house physical collections. Identifying which resources were used to create research findings improves research rigor and reporting, and increases transparency.
Like peer review activity, resource use can only be added to an ORCID record by a trusted organization (ORCID member organization), following collection of a researcher’s ORCID iD in a formal resource proposal or request process. And like the peer review section, the research resource section will not appear in an ORCID record until a resource connection has been made and added. Organizations that provide resources are invited to join our pilot project to integrate ORCID iDs and other persistent identifiers into resource proposal and award processes. Find out how below.
Recognizing resource use on ORCID records
Connecting information to your ORCID record starts with verifying your ORCID iD. In most cases, a resource provider requests that you verify your ORCID iD by signing into ORCID and granting them permission to update your ORCID record with information about your use of their resource. This typically occurs when you submit a request to use a resource or grant access credentials to a resource.
The resource provider uses this permission to connect information about your resource use to your ORCID record. Publicly recognizing the use of research resources in this way benefits you, the organizations you interact with that collect information from your ORCID record, and the resource provider themselves. Each resource item includes persistent identifiers: the organization ID for the resource host and the grant or project ID of the resource, which enable transparency and traceability. The resource provider (the trusted organization) is always listed as the source of the information.
Above is an example resource use recognition from Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a member of the resource pilot group.
Organizations: Join the research resource pilots
Our User Facilities and Publications Working Group defined two pilot projects: one for resource hosts to adopt ORCID iDs and other persistent identifiers into their resource proposal and award processes; and one for publishers to integrate award and resource identifiers into the publishing process. Connecting resources to ORCID records is a key part of the first pilot project.
We invite members of the ORCID community to test the research resources workflow as a part of our pilot group. Let us know your interest by completing our online form and our team will follow up.
We also invite the community to participate in the pilot project to integrate award and resource identifiers into the publishing process, so resource use can be recognized. Not certain which project is right for your organization? Get in touch with the ORCID Engagement Team to learn more.
For more information, please see:
- The working group’s report
- The research resource data model
- ORCID for research resources webpages
- Pilot project page describing the workflow for resource hosts
- The presentation “Capturing use of research facilities with PIDs” presented by Erin Arndt (Wiley), Laure Haak (ORCID), Crystal Schrof (Oak Ridge National Lab), and Susan White-DePace (Argonne National Lab/Society for Science at User Research Facilities) at PIDapalooza 2018