Since January 2019, TU Wien Bibliothek has been coordinating ORCID Austria, the Austrian ORCID consortium comprising 13 institutions, opens an external URL in a new window. The number of ORCID iDs linked to Austrian email addresses (from domains ending in .at) has risen in this time from around 20 000 to close to 30 000. ORCID iDs are unique person identifiers, making it possible for academics to create a reliable and stable connection between their name and their work - their publications, funding, employment relationships and qualifications.
This shows that ORCID Austria is on a good way to reaching its goal, opens an external URL in a new window of anchoring the use of ORCID iDs even more solidly within the Austrian academic community. ORCID Austria also aims to advance the integration of ORCID iDs into institutional IT platforms and encourage the active use of ORCID iDs. Workshops and webinars are one way of advancing this cause. A survey on the IT systems in use at the consortium member institutions was also carried out, so that targeted support can be offered to the member institutions.
Making research visible by integrating ORCID into IT systems
At TU Wien, the library and Campus Software development have cooperated in integrating ORCID iD into the TISS campus software. Members of TU Wien can now define TU Wien as a “trusted organisation” within their ORCID profile, thus enabling automatic transfer of data from TISS. Once the TISS account has been linked to the ORCID iD, the ORCID iD is also visible in the publicly accessible TISS address book, in the member’s TISS profile. At present around 1900 ORCID iDs are linked to the domain tuwien.ac.at and can be connected to TISS. TU Wien is also planning a regular metadata exchange between the reposiTUm open access platform and ORCID. Once metadata are transferred automatically using this interface, researchers are spared the effort of keeping their profile up-to-date manually; their work is assigned to them uniquely and their visibility is increased. In addition, data exchange processes are optimised.
Support and development of academic infrastructures
Apart from regular workshops and webinars, opens an external URL in a new window, TU Wien Bibliothek is planning a tech workshop focussed on improvement of infrastructures in the context of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC, opens an external URL in a new window) for the first quarter of 2021.