An ongoing problem for research organizations is the ability to accurately and easily identify and link researchers and scholars with their professional activities. Who are the experts? How can we accurately benchmark our research strengths and impact? How can we systematically identify the intellectual outputs produced by faculty? How do we keep our repository up to date? How can we efficiently comply with the myriad of record keeping requirements from funders and accreditors? Even if organizations implement local faculty profile or research information systems, these require ongoing (and frequently manual) updates, and the information does not travel with a researcher as they move between organizations or even departments.
ORCID solves both of these problems. ORCID provides individual researchers and scholars with a persistent unique identifier. ORCID also provides a mobile record for managing research activities. Further, ORCID is working with a range of stakeholders to integrate ORCID identifiers into research workflows such as manuscript and grant submissions, and to provide system-to-system processes for updating activity records