Connecting Research and Researchers

ORCID in Denmark

Today, a positive identification of researchers often proves to be difficult – even impossible. Identical names, change of names, not to mention errors of spelling, makes identification a challenging task. Time and time again, this causes researchers to pass unrecognized when their works are mentioned. As such, the issue of identification may have severe consequences to research institutions and universities as they are likely to miss out on both recognition and funding.

ORCID has established an international, independent, non-profit solution to the issue of identification. Publishers, universities and funding institutions all over the world, support the solution.

Denmark has a highly advanced infrastructure when it comes to research registration at universities, vocational university colleges, and a number of national research institutions. With the implementation of ORCID in these institutions, and through registration of researchers’ ORCID IDs in their local institutional repositories, a unique opportunity for accurate documentation of research activities will arise. In addition, ORCID offers the possibility of linking related content across platforms – also known as the sematic web.

It is free of charge to register at ORCID.org and create an ORCID researcher ID. It goes without saying that the value of ORCID is directly proportional to the number of researchers with an ORCID ID. Therefore, Denmark’s Electronic Research Library has launched a project that will help unfolding ORCID among researchers in Denmark. The project runs for two years. Read more about the project here.

The Danish ORCID launch took place on 1 September 2014.

ORCID BATTLE results

The Danish ORCID launch also kicks off a friendly battle between the research institutions that are participating. From 1 September 2014, the number of registered researchers from each institution will be counted on a daily basis in Pure. The goal is to reach 80 per cent registered ORCID ID users by 31 March 2016, of which 80 per cent is estimated in relation to the number of academic staff reported to Universities Denmark 2012.