Knowledge Exchange Workshop

Researcher Identifiers – National approaches to ORCID and ISNI implementation

Members of the THOR team spent Monday and Tuesday attending the “Researcher Identifiers – National approaches to ORCID and ISNI implementation” workshop in London. The workshop focused on person identifiers, with the bulk of discussion about the use of ORCID, CRIS systems, ISNI, federated identity and organisational identifiers. Alongside learning about the challenges people face and the ways they’ve overcome them, we presented an update on ORCID adoption, and an introduction to the THOR project. The meeting was hosted by Jisc on behalf of Knowledge Exchange.


We’ve taken away some valuable feedback about user experiences that we can feed into the project development programme and improved our understanding of expectations and use-cases. Different approaches towards the role of IDs in federated identity, with a great example from CSC in Finland of how they are using them,  are now being actively discussed with the national federations and PID providers. We’ve also raised awareness of THOR and clarified what we’re attempting to achieve.

There was a lot of excitement about THOR putting some of the essential building blocks of PID infrastructure in place. All in all it was a valuable meeting and we’d like to thank all the attendees for their insights.

About Knowledge Exchange

KE is a group of five organisations from around Europe that are concerned with higher education and research infrastructure.  They meet regularly to swap views and produce a shared vision of interoperability.  You can find out more about them and their mission at The members are:

  • CSC – IT Center for Science in Finland
  • Denmark’s Electronic Research Library (DEFF) in Denmark
  • German Research Foundation (DFG) in Germany
  • Jisc in the United Kingdom
  • SURF in the Netherlands