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University of Missouri and @mire Adding ORCID to DSpace

From Bram Luyten, @mire

Heverlee, Belgium  ORCID recently announced the awardees for the ORCID Adoption and Integration Program. For this funding call, @mire joined forces with the University of Missouri System to add ORCID related features to DSpace.

What is ORCID?
ORCID is an international, interdisciplinary, open, and not-for-profit organization created for the benefit of the research community, including research institutions, funding organizations, publishers, and researchers. ORCID aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by providing a registry of persistent unique identifiers for individual researchers and, through embedding in key workflows, links between ORCID, other ID schemes, and research works. Adoption of ORCID by the research community enhances discovery and reporting processes by supporting systems interoperability.

Project goals
As a first step in the project, we will ensure that DSpace gets integrated with the ORCID API to allow live lookups of researcher data. Earlier work on authority control in the DSpace community allowed live lookup in LC Name Authority records, storing retrieved IDs alongside DSpace metadata. In a move towards leveraging IDs that can link metadata together, selected ORCID metadata will reside in a local DSpace Authority Cache, rather than in item metadata. This will prevent unnecessary duplication of the same author metadata, including alternative names, across different DSpace items. At the same time, having this information available in the cache mitigates the potential risk of the ORCID service being temporary unavailable. With the DSpace Authority Cache we are aiming to create infrastructure that will eventually serve other types of authority metadata, like university staff IDs (internal) as well as external sources.

To facilitate adoption of ORCID IDs in repositories that already have a rich base of items and metadata to start from, the project will add ORCID features to the DSpace CSV Batch Edit functionality. This functionality already allowed repository administrators to export metadata from an entire collection into a CSV spreadsheet, perform edits and re-upload to apply the changes on the affected DSpace items. The project adds the possibility to enrich existing author metadata with ORCID IDs.

When it comes to the actual user interfaces, the project aims to provide both submitters and administrators with easy to use dialogs for performing live ORCID ID lookups during the submission and editing of items.

The ORCID Adoption and Integration program stipulates that prototypes will be demonstrated during the Spring 2014 ORCID Outreach Meeting to be held in Chicago on May 21-22nd. In addition, partnering institutions will complete their integrations by August 2014, share integration source code and lessons learned with the ORCID community, and serve as reference sites for similar integrations. Keeping in mind that major releases of DSpace tend to come out at the end of the year, this means the features have a shot at being included in DSpace 5.

Get involved!
If your institution wants to be an early adopter of the created functionality, feel free to contact @mire.