ORCID Implementation for the ICARDA Research Staff - MEL Report
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ORCID is a not-for-profit organization, sustained by fees from our member organizations. It is part of the wider digital infrastructure needed for researchers to share information on a global scale. ORCID provides free of any charge a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes each research from every other one and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring recognition. More than 5 millions professionals worldwide have already adopted ORCID. Additionally, ORCID implements an policy of full interoperability with other notorious identifiers such as Thomson-Reuters ResearcherID. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning platform (MEL) staff has initiated a plan to ensure all the research staff of the International center of Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) to register and synchronize with MEL an ORCID iD by end of 2018. ORCID iDs ensure worldwide recognition of research and institutions, contributing in setting a standard way to credit and safely sharing knowledge among organizations, publishers and researchers. The knowledge reported through MEL is consultable on MELSpace, which already shows the ORCID iD of the authors synched with the platform and shall soon incorporate ORCID lists of publications and records, in order to reduce manual reporting and improve search and discovery of the information products across many research information databases. The initiative has been impactful. The total number of responders has been 101 resources out of 141, although every resource asset has been checked by a MEL Admin.