Finland’s national ORCID consortium

Thirteen Finnish research organisations and CSC – IT Center for Science have joined the national ORCID consortium whose first membership term begun on 1 June 2016. The Ministry of Education and Culture has commissioned CSC to act as Consortium Leader.

The thirteen research organisations are: the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Hanken School of Economics, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Hospital District of Northern Savonia, Hospital District of Pirkanmaa, Hospital District of Southwest Finland, The National Institute for Health and Welfare, Tampere University of Technology, University of the Arts Helsinki, University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä, University of Turku, and University of Vaasa.

National-level cooperation seeks to increase awareness of the ORCID researcher identifier system and promote its introduction into e-services targeted at researchers. Cooperation also seeks to identify the benefits of the ORCID identifier, facilitate information flows, improve the visibility of research outputs and, over time, reduce the amount of manual work required.

Benefits for both researchers and organisations

ORCID provides researchers with a permanent unique identifier in the form of a numerical sequence. A unique identifier improves researchers’ international visibility and facilitates the transfer of information between organisations and services. This solves confusion resulting from, for example, name changes, researchers with the same name, or different ways of writing a person’s name. In the future, using ORCID will reduce the need to enter data into a variety of different systems.

In particular, ORCID membership benefits organisations that want to integrate researcher identifiers to their IT systems and develop services targeted at researchers. The organisation can also use ORCID identifiers to obtain information about their researchers from other sources.

– Using ORCID identifiers benefits both individual researchers and the entire research community, and also science as a whole. In the future, researchers should find using their ORCID identifier to be as obvious and natural as having a personal identity code, says Professor Keijo Hämäläinen, Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki.

With more services come also greater benefits

There are already approx., 2.9 million ORCIDs, but the greatest benefits will only be reaped once additional ORCID-integrated services and processes are introduced and as coverage of ORCID among researchers improves.

Although ORCID use in Finland remains voluntary, many international research funders require all funding applicants to have an ORCID identifier. Among other things, this facilitates the transfer of CV details into funding applications.

– Even though we can’t make ORCID identifiers legally binding in the same way as identity codes are, one goal could be to make their use compulsory at some point, Hämäläinen continues.

More information:

Contact: orcid-info (at) csc.fi

ORCID, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit organization designed to benefit all stakeholders, is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries.

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