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What is the relationship between ISNI and ORCID?

ORCID and ISNI are separate organizations that address different aspects of unambiguously identifying people and parties. The background, context and goals of each organization are distinct.

ORCID was established to solve the problem of accurate attribution of scholarly research output to individual researchers. The ORCID system is based on collaboration amongst publishers, universities, funding bodies, researchers, and other stakeholders in scholarly communications. ORCID is committed to allowing individual researchers to create, claim, manage and control the privacy of their data or to optionally delegate the management of their data to their university or another third party.

Because ORCID and ISNI have different purposes and serve different communities both organizations are necessary. The organizations will each hold different data, have different privacy and ownership rules for data, have different business models and offer different services. Most importantly of all, ISNI and ORCID will be identifying different things for different communities.

ORCID is committed to being interoperable with other identifier schemes, including ISNI. To this end, ORCID and ISNI are coordinating their efforts where they overlap in the research and scholarship communities. ORCID identifiers utilize a format compliant with the ISNI ISO standard. ISNI has reserved a block of identifiers for use by ORCID, so there will be no overlaps in assignments. The organizations are working together to consider additional opportunities for collaboration.

Frequently Asked Questions about ORCID

  1. Is ORCID a commercial operation? Is ORCID run by publishers? How is ORCID governed?
  2. Where is ORCID located?
  3. How are new features decided?
  4. Does ORCID use my data to support advertising services?
  5. How does ORCID handle privacy?
  6. Is there a fee to register for an ORCID iD? Do I need to be a member to register?
  7. What are the ORCID principles?
  8. What does "ORCID" stand for?
  9. How do I stay in touch with the latest developments?
  10. Is ORCID interoperable with national, institutional, and other identity systems?
  11. What is the organizational structure of ORCID, Inc.?
  12. How do I become an ORCID member? Are there fees involved?
  13. What are ORCID's data security policies?
  14. What can I do if I have concerns about data in the Registry?
  15. What technology powers ORCID?
  16. What is the relationship between ISNI and ORCID?
  17. How do I or how does my organization get involved with ORCID?
  18. How often does ORCID hold community outreach meetings?
  19. What is the relationship between the ORCID Initiative and ORCID, Inc.?
  20. What is your data model?
  21. Can ORCID send a technician to help us with our implementation?
  22. Why isn’t there more metadata in the ORCID record? Do you support Dublin Core?
  23. Can we data-mine abstract or full text information through the ORCID API?
  24. Why aren’t ORCID records complete? Who curates ORCID records? Can ORCID de-duplicate my author database?
  25. How do you keep the ORCID Registry secure?
  26. How do I get the public data file?
  27. Why do organizations use ORCID records?
  28. Number of ORCID iDs

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