“Are you tired of searching for yourself in Google Scholar, Scopus, or Academic Search Complete and finding other people who share your family name? This is a serious problem for researchers, whose reputations rest on their publication history. Many researchers are working on ways to separate the agronomist Dr. Jones from the medical Dr. Jones from the archeologist Dr. Jones. ORCID, a registry that will assign a unique ID to each author, is now live. But assigning a unique ID isn’t going to help unless EVERYONE uses that ID. Up until now, different companies and products have assigned ID numbers to their authors, but nobody else uses those numbers. That’s how authors have ended up with a Scopus ID, a ResearcherID, and a different institutional ID.”
via The Sheridan Libraries Blog
This has great potential. Scopus has been trying to do something like this for a while, but there are problems with the algorithms they use (how an author’s location is displayed can change from article to article, for instance, which can result in duplicate author profiles) and the Scopus database certainly doesn’t include everything anyway.
It will be interesting to see whether ORCID is widely adopted or not.
Also, why is it called “ORCID”? I’m assuming we’re supposed to read it like “orchid” but I’m totally reading it as orc-i.d. Too much Tolkien on my mind, I’m guessing. :)