ORCID EU is a nonprofit association duly formed, validly existing, and in good standing under the laws of Belgium. The primary purpose of ORCID EU is to solve the author/contributor name ambiguity problem in scholarly communications by:
x promoting the use of ORCID as a central community-driven registry of unique and persistent identifiers for individual researchers;
x educating researchers, universities, research institutions and funders in Europe about the benefits of ORCID
x encouraging the use in Europe of ORCID as the international standard to enhance the scholarly communications process and to improve the efficiency of research funding and collaboration within the research community.
ORCID EU works to create interoperability between ORCID PIDs and other researcher identifier schemes in Europe. In addition to providing a common identifier that can link existing researcher identifier systems, the ORCID initiative aims to ensure that the common identifier is embedded in research workflows and becomes part of the metadata associated ex ante with research works and activities. ORCID has established partnerships with a number of organizations, including the Research Data Alliance (where it serves on the Organizational Advisory Board), CASRAI, DataCite, EuroCRIS, and FORCE11. In its first 20 months of operation, over 800,000 researchers registered for an ORCID identifier, and over 100 organizations had integrated ORCID identifiers into research workflows such as manuscript submissions, grant applications, and systems including university personnel and CRIS and research data repositories.