ORCID at Northumbria update – UK members meeting and Import from ORCID

Last week I attended the UK ORCID members meeting and launch of the Jisc consortium at Imperial College London. The meeting aimed to bring together the UK ORCID community to discuss our expectations for stakeholders in ORCID implementation, to inform the service Jisc offer to members of the consortium.

After a morning of introductions to ORCID, Jisc and four institutional perspectives on ORCID membership, in the afternoon we split into groups to discuss an online paper that had been shared with attendees earlier. The paper covered community expectations and requirements for repository platforms, CRIS providers, funders and publishers.

During the repository platform discussions, led by Anna Clements from the University of St Andrews, I mentioned that we had added ORCID as a secondary identifier to Northumbria Research Link (NRL), our EPrints research repository. The Import From ORCID EPrints plugin then came up, something I’ve been interested in but hadn’t yet pursued as our pilot project focused on the e-Vision and Open Journal Systems platforms rather than on our repository. Additionally, we’ve had a lot of work going on in the last few months to update our repository, upgrading the software, adding the RIOXX metadata profile, and importing publication data from Scopus. After an enquiry to EPrints Services, who host our repository, the plugin is now up and running on NRL.

Given an ORCID, the plugin queries the ORCID Tier 1 API and retrieves a list of published work. In other words, if we record a researcher’s ORCID as an identifier in NRL, we can import details of their publications to the repository.

There are a couple of valuable use cases here. First, that we can keep NRL records for our existing staff up to date. Second, if a new member of staff joins Northumbria, we can import their publication history from the registry. This is particularly useful if they join us from an institution without its own repository, preventing us from transferring the data by this route.

As well as helping the Scholarly Publications team by reducing manual retyping, this also benefits academic staff at Northumbria. By updating ORCID, you can keep NRL up to date without needing to create new records. This doesn’t necessarily mean having to manually update your ORCID record, as you can link your ORCID to other identifiers, such as your Scopus Author ID or ResearcherID, which enables you to import information to your profile.

If you’re a member of staff at Northumbria University:

  1. If you haven’t already, register for an ORCID ID.
  2. Populate ORCID with details of your published work, either manually or by linking your ORCID to your other identifiers.
  3. Put your ORCID in NRL, either when depositing a record or by emailing the Scholarly Publications team.

This is another step towards integrating Northumbria’s information architecture with ORCID, with all the benefits of accurate attribution and interoperability that this brings.

If you have any questions, either use the comment box below or reach me by email or on Twitter.

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About Ellen Cole

Scholarly Publications Librarian at Northumbria University.
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