Knowledge E has today been named an ‘ORCID Ambassador’, supporting researchers, universities and academic institutions in our common quest for higher quality, more accurate information on the research professionals’ published works in our communities. A diverse cadre of energetic institutional Ambassadors that now includes Knowledge E, supports ORCID outreach activities across the Middle East. Our role is to encourage the adoption of ORCID identifiers by researchers in order to overcome the problem of name disambiguation.
Knowledge E will incorporate informed sections to our researcher training workshops and provide practical guidance to those investigators who wish to register or enhance their ORCID record. Philip Purnell, Director of Research Services at Knowledge E, who was also named an individual ORCID ambassador, said “An ORCID record is free of charge and belongs to the researcher rather than their institution, that means they take their ORCID record with them whenever and wherever they move.”
ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.