Create a unique personal identifier with ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)!
ORCID, an open, non-profit, community-based initiative has launched its Registry (http://orcid.org) and can now be used by researchers to create a profile and ID for themselves.
From the website: “For scholars, ORCID provides a persistent identifier that unambiguously distinguishes you as the author or creator of your published works in systems that adopt ORCID.”
“ORCID provides two core functions: (1) a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities, and (2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication. ORCID makes its code available under an open source license, and will post an annual public data file under a CCO waiver for free download.”
Find out more about ORCID at http://about.orcid.org/ or