ORCID and DataCite sign an MoU

ORCID and DataCite are pleased to announce their joint commitment to research data by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. ORCID and DataCite agree that data are essential building blocks of scholarship and research in the sciences, medicine, social sciences, and humanities. Researchers and scholars recognize the potential for increasing collaboration and synthesis when data are archived, published, and shared, forging the possibility for new discoveries built upon prior work. This vision requires that data be discoverable, citable, and connected to the people who created it. Reliable persistent data and researcher identification are essential to establish these links.

Our two organizations are working together to improve and harmonize DataCite and ORCID metadata schemas for data and researchers, to develop interoperable and open source APIs for our services, and to create complementary user services.

Since September 2012, DataCite and ORCID collaborated in the ODIN project, funded by the 7th Framework Program from the European Commission. This has already led to development of a data citation tool that enables any researcher with an ORCID identifier to claim datasets that are registered through DataCite. The DataCite Metadata Schema 3.0 also includes enhanced support for linking datasets to their creators and contributors.

DataCite is a global consortium that assigns persistent identifiers to research data. DataCite makes research better by enabling people to find, share, use, and cite data. DataCite is a leading global membership organization that engages with stakeholders including researchers, scholars, data centers, libraries, publishers, and funders through advocacy, guidance and services.

ORCID is an independent non-profit organization that assigns unique persistent identifiers to people across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. ORCID enables research and discovery by providing an open registry of unique, persistent identifiers and by working with the research community to ensure these identifiers are embedded in research systems and workflows. ORCID identifiers are being integrated into university faculty information systems, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and association management systems, among others.

Together we have an important contribution to make: joining data with the researchers who created it.

Dr. Laurel L. Haak, Executive Director, ORCID - Dr. Adam Farquhar, President, DataCite

For more information contact:

Laurel Haak
ORCID Executive Director

Jan Brase
DataCite Executive Officer