ORCID and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) along with support from a working group of 16 Canadian stakeholders who are deeply committed to supporting research, scholarship, and innovation in Canada, are collaborating to build ORCID-CA, the ORCID consortium in Canada. The Canadian Research Knowledge Network brought this news to our attention in their article, “ORCID-CA, the ORCID Consortium in Canada, to provide Canadian institutions and organizations the opportunity to obtain premium membership to ORCID.”

ORCID was named for the “Open Researcher and Contributor ID” that it developed. It was established in 2012 to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers, and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. The organization aims to solve the problems of name ambiguity and researcher identification by giving individuals a unique numeric identifier that persists over time and is not limited by discipline or by geographic region. ORCID seeks to aid the transition from science to e-Science.

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