Getting to Know You, Part 2 : ORCID’s 2017 Consortia Survey

Publié le 20 novembre 2017, par Thérèse Hameau

ORCID’s consortia program was launched in late 2014, with the goal of helping ORCID adoption and integration to scale nationally and regionally. ORCID consortia – groups of five or more not-for-profit organizations from a single country – qualify for an increasingly deep member fee discount (depending on size) that effectively allows them to benefit from premium membership for around the cost of basic membership. We provide this discount to encourage the development of communities of practice around the world, led by our consortia partners.


Our consortia survey was open between May 10 - June 28, 2017, and was sent to contacts at all 16 (at that time) ORCID consortia lead organizations. Sixteen people, representing 12 consortia, responded to the survey.

What did we learn ?

The reasons for forming a consortium varied widely, and were related to how the consortium viewed their role in providing support staff. Discounted ORCID membership was #1 (ranked 2.67 of a possible 3), closely followed by achieving economies of scale through a coordinated approach to using ORCID among consortium members, and increased awareness of ORCID by researchers and others (both 2.33/3)


What next ?

Both ORCID and our consortia have room for improvement, and we are committed to working with our consortia partners to develop successful ORCID communities of practice. We are taking action in four key areas to start to address these needs :

  1. Documentation. We have already started to make improvements to our documentation and materials, including the recent launch of our new education and outreach materials for users
  2. Policy. We will shortly be updating the membership pages on our website to clarify our expectations of and commitment to consortia, as well as updating our consortium membership agreement and introducing an onboarding checklist
  3. Community. We are launching an annual face-to-face event for consortia leaders, starting with our first consortium workshop in Lisbon, Portugal in January 2018. We will continue conversations started at these workshops on our online community forum
  4. Administration. To help consortia more quickly and easily share and manage information about their members, we are currently beta-testing new functionality that provides real-time access to our member management platform