The Australian research community has been promoting the use of Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) in order to move forward to a single public source for researcher data. The Australian ORCiD Consortium was launched in April 2015 by representatives at Universities Australia (UA), the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) with the aim to provide a national approach to adoption and integration of ORCiD. Since then, universities and institutions across Australia have been encouraging researchers to create and maintain their ORCiD profile and include their ORCiD unique identifier when applying for grants as well as when submitting articles for publication.
The use of ORCiD has been recognised as beneficial in reducing researchers and research output ambiguity, as well as helping to link and reuse researcher data. System integration with ORCiD has become crucial in helping funders, researchers and research organisation make the funding workflow more efficient and transparent, enabling data exchange and reuse at all stages. From submission and review of application, through to reporting.
Understanding the benefits and importance of ORCiD integration, F1 Solutions has included ORCiD integration in the recent version release of the OmniStar product suite. The integration is seamless and easy to use. Researchers only need to provide their ORCiD unique identifier and with a single click they will be able to synchronise their OmniStar profile with their ORCiD profile. OmniStar’s functionality provides the option for full or partial synchronisation of data captured in ORCiD. Additionally, with a simple setup, users can log in to OmniStar using ORCiD credentials, reducing the requirement to maintain multiple logins.
OmniStar’s integration with ORCiD is not just data synchronisation but also the inclusion of the researcher’s profile into various workflows. Researcher data such as education, employment history, funding and work can be extracted and automatically prefilled in an application form. To researchers, this means less double handling of data and maintenance of only one profile, contributing to the integrity of the information.
Researcher data can then be mapped into OmniStar’s database and used throughout the system to assist application administration, reviews and decision-making processes. The data can also be mapped to the built-in reporting database to fulfil any reporting requirements on researcher profiles.
Integration with ORCiD is just one of many examples of F1 Solutions’ commitment to the continuous improvement of its products. F1 Solutions’ passion for providing the best solutions for the research industry promises many more updates like this.
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