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Use ORCID and EZID to Uniquely Identify Your Research

ImageWhile the internet is a wonderful tool for research, communication, and networking, many links become unusable over time, which can make it difficult to maintain updated personal websites or online profiles. ORCID and EZID are solutions to these problems.

An identifier (ID) is a string of characters, numbers, symbols, or a combination of these, that uniquely identifies an object. Objects can be files, parts of files, names of persons or organizations, abstractions, etc. A persistent ID is an appropriately maintained ID that is intended for permanently pointing to an object despite changes in the object's host location.

ORCID, Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique identifiers for researchers. ORCID provides a transparent method of linking your research outputs to your unique researcher ID. Using this service eliminates confusion of your research from those of others with similar names. This tool helps you to quickly and accurately associate your research outputs to your identity as you collaborate across disciplines, institutions, and national borders. These outputs may include datasets, articles, media stories, experiments, citations, patents, and notebooks. ORCID also frees you from the tedious and often frustrating task of repeating data entry.

You can embed your ORCID in key workflows such as manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications to meet administrative requirements. You can also include it in your researcher profiles, CV, and email signature, easily showcasing your accomplishments.

ORCID is available free of charge to you as an individual. You may obtain a unique identifier for yourself, manage your record of research products, and search for others in the registry. ORCID records display non-sensitive information such as your name, email, education, employment, and research activities. It provides tools for you to control how information about you is shared.

Managing your research outputs is the other side of this story. Major federal funders now require data management and tracking as stated in the OSTP Public Access Memo. EZID is a service that helps you track and share your datasets by assigning persistent IDs to them.

Similar to Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for your articles, EZID provides an easy and efficient way for you to cite your data. Besides DOIs, EZID adopts Archival Resource Keys (ARKs) originated from the library, archive, and museum community. Both DOIs and ARKs are persistent URLs (a type of ID) employing link resolution technology to ensure long-term access to information objects.

EZID is available via two ways. The first is a web user interface allowing self‐service of individual persistent IDs - account holders can request new persistent IDs and manage existing IDs. The second is an Application Programming Interface (API) enabling machine‐to‐machine transactions. Using API, persistent ID functionality can be integrated with other applications such as repository management tools.

An annual subscription fee paid by the UCI Libraries supports creation and maintenance of up to one million identifiers per year by UCI researchers.

For more information, please contact Shu Liu, Digital Scholarship Services Librarian at shu.liu@uci.edu or x48781