UCOL has joined as a founding member of the New Zealand ORCID Consortium, a national approach to the Open Researcher and Contributor ID or ORCID platform.
is a global not-for-profit organisation created in 2012 to solve the problem of name ambiguity in research by creating a registry with a unique identifier for each researcher, like a national health number but for researchers.
The recent launch of the New Zealand ORCID Consortium will help close the loop on New Zealand’s research system, allowing for up-to-date records of researcher contributions and evaluation of the research system.
UCOL Executive Director Education & Applied Research, Jerry Shearman, says initially the platform will be of great benefit to UCOL staff.
“Lecturers teaching on diverse subject matter at UCOL cover a wide range of research areas. We are active in the applied research field where we focus on research around our degrees, and now our researchers will be able to maintain an up-to-date record of all their research contributions.”
Potentially, UCOL students embarking on research could be issued with an ORCID iD when they enrol.
The Consortium is made up of 34 founding members including a diverse range of organisations including universities, polytechnics, private and crown research organisations, health boards, government and research funders.