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Thirteen organisations join Finland's national ORCID consortium

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

How does using an ORCID identifier benefit researchers?

ORCID improves researchers' international visibility and facilitates the transfer of information between organisations and services. ORCID provides researchers with a permanent unique identifier in the form of a numerical sequence. This solves confusion resulting from, for example, name changes, researchers with the same name, or different ways of writing a person's name.

Researchers can use their ORCID identifier in conjunction with, for example, publications, funding applications, their own website or blog, or in their email signature, CV and other services relating to their research. In the future, using ORCID will reduce the need to enter data into a variety of different systems.

How does ORCID membership benefit organisations?

In particular, ORCID membership benefits organisations that want to integrate researcher identifiers to their IT systems and develop services targeted at researchers. Researchers can give permission for their details to be automatically transferred from their own organisation's research information system to ORCID and vice versa. The organisation can also use ORCID identifiers to obtain information about their researchers from other sources.

Greatest benefits will only be reaped once additional ORCID-related services are introduced

Although many researchers have already created ORCIDs, 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.

"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. "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."

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