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Why add your data collections to your ORCID profile?

Along with citing your data, listing your data collections on a researcher profile such as provided by ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor IDunambiguously attributes and credits your data collections as part of your science outputs and provides another path for your data collections to be discovered and cited.

The prime purpose of a researcher identifier is that it distinguishes you and your research outputs from those of any other researcher with a similar name. You may be aware of, or even have, one or more researcher profiles from identifier providers like ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, and Google Scholar Citations. Each one of these provides different data from different systems and you may be asked you may be asked to use them for reporting at various times.

So why ORCID rather than any other identifier? ORCID is distinguished from other author identifier registries as it is "open, non-profit, community-driven". Its primary purpose is the provision of a globally recognized researcher identifier. It is not associated with a particular publisher or company and is institution independent. Most research publishers are now members and are integrating ORCID with their grant and manuscript submission systems. For example if you already have a ResearcherID or Scopus Author Id(s) you will see means of linking them to ORCID and those providers are encouraging you to do so.

Public data collections in the CSIRO Data Access Portal (DAP) are accessible via the national data portal Research Data Australia (RDA) which is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS has joined with ORCID and integrated RDA with ORCID infrastructure (see ANDS and ORCID for further information). Via this pathway CSIRO data depositors can add their public data collections to their ORCID profile.

The video on the "ANDS and ORCID" page shows how to do add your collection records. It is also available via YouTube. The guide below follows the steps with a CSIRO DAP example.


1. If you don't already have an ORCID profile its easy to set one up. If you already have an ORCID go to step 2

a. (optional) If you already have a ResearcherID but not an ORCID the best way to set up your ORCID would be to start there

2. When you have an ORCID go to ORCID and sign in.

3. Find the "Import Works" button


4. Select "ANDS National Collections Registry" as the import wizard.

5. Search for your DAP data collections by your name or your collections' titles and select "Import to ORCID" the required collections from the results. So you don't have to leave this page make your search the widest that will return all of your collections.

6. Wait for the selected collection to be imported and then select your next collection record to import from the results page.

7. When you have imported all your data collections go back to your profile page. Refresh if necessary. Your DAP data collections will now be showing in your ORCID profile. You can easily delete them or change the access.


Have a look at Mark Pearce's public profile for the result

We thank Mark for his time and allowing us access to his profile to produce this guide.