Texas Digital Library Conference System, 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

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It Takes a Village to Grow ORCIDs on Campus: Establishing and Integrating Unique Scholar Identifiers at Texas A&M
Gail Clement, Violeta Ilik, Douglas Hahn, Micah Cooper, Sandra Tucker

Last modified: 2014-04-14


This panel presentation focuses on an innovative program at Texas A&M that is changing workflows and practices not only within the Libraries but also across campus. Led by a cross-unit team from the University  Libraries,  the ORCID Integration initiative at Texas A&M University aims to incorporate globally unique scholar identifiers into the research information systems and workflows used within and beyond the university. At the heart of the program is  the establishment of Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) identifiers for every graduate student, faculty member, and full time researcher on campus, and the integration of those identifiers in key campus systems: the Vireo system for electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) submission and management; the OAK Trust digital repository for capturing and preserving campus research outputs; and the VIVO researcher profile system for establishing and representing the scholarly identity of each campus author. 

ORCID is a new global standard being used by publishers, societies, universities, and funding agencies to distinguish authors unambiguously and permanently, in order to accurately associate a given author with his or her research contributions. Thanks to advocacy and education efforts by the Libraries, Texas A&M University Administration has determined that ORCID identifiers are necessary as a business operation for distinguishing the research contributions of each campus author; managing and preserving the institution’s research outputs; and ensuring that works created at and by the institution are easily discoverable and accessible in the rapidly expanding online information environment of the World Wide Web.

It has taken considerable input and efforts by library faculty and application developers, in consultation with university administration, the graduate studies office, and the campus IT department, to design, plan, and implement ORCID integration at the scale of a large research university.  Information sharing policies have seen revision and expansion; existing applications have gained new features and functions; new applications have come online; marketing and outreach campaigns raise awareness of the benefits of establishing a unique scholar identity for campus stakeholders; and learning and user support programs are assisting users in claiming and seeding their ORCID profiles while also preserving preferences for privacy.

This panel presentation includes representatives from each of the units contributing to the success of the ORCID Integration Project at Texas A&M.  Panelists will provide demonstrations of applications devised during the project and samples of learning and assessment materials used.  An open mike segment at the end of the panel presentation will enable attendees to ask questions about specific aspects of the project.


ORCID; scholarly identity; scholarly communication

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