15 February 2016
The Australian ORCID Consortium was officially launched today, establishing a new alliance to make research more accessible through the adoption of ORCID researcher identifiers.
The Consortium was officially launched by Senator Zed Seselja, representing Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham, at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.
The consortium brings together forty institutions, including thirty-six universities, the Heart Research Institute, CSIRO, the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council NHMRC.
The establishment of the consortium was collaboratively facilitated by
- Universities Australia (UA)
- Australian Research Council (ARC)
- National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
- Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS)
- Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)
- Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT)
- Australian Access Federation (AAF)
- Australian National Data Service (ANDS)
The Australian Access Federation has been appointed as the national ORCID Consortium Lead and will provide support for institutions to maximise the benefits of ORCID within Australia.
The launch coincides with a two-day international ORCID Outreach Meeting, being held for the first time in Australia. The program features international and local speakers, including Dr Laurel Haak, ORCID Executive Director and Professor Aidan Byrne, ARC CEO.
Commenting on the launch, ANDS Executive Director Dr Ross Wilkinson said:
"Addressing national challenges at the global scale requires Australian researchers to be connected into the global research network. ORCID will make these connections easier."