Credit for Data with ORCID: Raising Awareness in Earth and Environmental Sciences

THOR Disciplinary Workshop Series, part III

On June 12, PANGAEA held a short workshop on ORCID and its integration in PANGAEA at MARUM, the Center for Marine Environmental Science at the University of Bremen. As a Data Publisher in Earth and Environmental Sciences, PANGAEA operates an Open Access library aimed at archiving, publishing and distributing georeferenced data from earth system research. Enabled by the THOR Project, PANGAEA has integrated ORCID in 2016. Users can link their PANGAEA account to their ORCID iD and effectively claim their datasets published with PANGAEA to their ORCID records.

While the ORCID integration in PANGAEA is completed, raising awareness and supporting the linking of ORCID iDs in PANGAEA is a continued effort. The DFG funded pilot ORCID DE is fostering ORCID adoption in Germany. As an ORCID DE member, the University of Bremen is officially encouraging researchers to obtain and use ORCID iDs. Within the University of Bremen, PANGAEA is actively raising awareness about ORCID and supporting its adoption, in particular at MARUM and among its researchers who publish data with PANGAEA.

The short workshop we held on June 12 consisted of a lecture that introduced ORCID and its integration in PANGAEA. The lecture was followed by a live demo of the integration, roughly aligned with our video on the integration. Finally, we provided laptops for on-site ORCID registration and iD linking in PANGAEA. Among the participants, about 40% already had an ORCID iD and only about half of them had already linked their iD with their PANGAEA account. None of the participants raised reservations against getting an iD or linking it in PANGAEA. Getting more researchers to link their iD in PANGAEA thus seems to be a matter of raising awareness about the possibility and explaining why it matters.

PANGAEA is doing fairly well with its ORCID statistics. Since the start of monitoring the trends in mid October 2016, the number of users with account linked to ORCID has increased by 7.4% and is currently at 9%. During the same period, the number of datasets with at least one author linked to ORCID has increased by 3.6%, and recently surpassed 20%. Naturally, we aim at datasets where all authors are unambiguous but, as the numbers show, this is much harder: 7.9% of datasets have all authors linked to ORCID, up 0.8% since October 2016.

Overall, these numbers are encouraging but there is a long way to go for a majority of datasets with unambiguous authors. This shows that continued efforts aimed at raising awareness among researchers in Earth and Environmental Sciences are important.