Today I participated in ORCID meeting, where the current progress of the initiative and further steps have been discussed. ORCID represents a community effort to establish an open, independent registry that is adopted and embraced as the industry’s de facto standard. Their mission is to resolve the systemic name ambiguity, by means of assigning unique identifiers linkable to an individual’s research output, to enhance the scientific discovery process and improve the efficiency of funding and collaboration (from http://orcid.org/aboutus.php).
ORCID seems to be very related to LiquidPub, because they deal with research profiles, i.e. info about name, affiliation, role at primary institution, homepage, publication record, areas of expertise, collaborators, projects, awards, etc. of a researcher. Some features (e.g. selecting publications of a researcher for the individual’s publication record) sounded extremely familiar, since they were also planned in LiquidPub, and in particular, in our collaboration with ICST. Also, the IDs of researchers used for micro-credit attribution (not only for recognizing authorship in a paper, but also for a Wikipedia entry, or for a blogpost) can be a great help for defining novel metrics in ResEval tool, developed by LiquidPub.
A funny thing is that the discussion about board membership (whether it should be individual or institutional) was the longest, while there were almost no comments on technical issues (real work?:)).
The first prototype is going to be ready for this summer, and we might test the public API in LiquidPub.
If you are looking for more info – it is on ORCID private wiki (you should request the membership at http://orcid.org/memberorg-form/index.php). Alternatively, this paper provides a nice high-level overview: Credit where credit is due .