Since a person’s ORCID is not considered private information, is ORCID willing to answer questions of the form: “Is the email address firstname.lastname@example.org associated with the ORCID 0000-0001-2345-6789?” The ability to get answers to such questions would be very useful to us. We use ORCIDs to disambiguate researcher names in our Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS). We are constantly searching lists of names of Canadian Arctic researchers against the ORCID registry. (Many hundreds of names, over and over again, all done manually because the person we are looking for is not always top-ranked in the search results.) In many cases we find that the name we are searching for is in the registry, but the registry record has the message “No public information available”. We cannot tell if the registry record belongs to the researcher whose name we are searching for. It is usually very easy for us to find the email address of the researcher whose name we are searching for, from their organization’s website, journal articles for which they are corresponding author, etc. We have tried emailing many such researchers to ask if the ORCID in the registry is theirs. This is very time-consuming. We get replies from only about half of those we email. Some of those who reply aren’t sure whether the ORCID is theirs. If you were to answer questions of the above form you would not be revealing the researcher’s email address, because we already know that. A “Yes” answer would only be revealing the researcher’s ORCID, which is already public. Are you willing to answer questions of the above form, either manually or through a new API?
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