At the end of October 2016, Crossref, DataCite, and ORCID reported on collaboration in the area of organization identifiers (Fenner, 2016). We issued three papers (G. Bilder, Brown, & Demeranville, 2016; Cruse, Haak, & Pentz, 2016; Fenner, Paglione, Demeranville, & Bilder, 2016) for community comment and after input we subsequently announced the formation of The OI Project, along with a call for expressions of interest from people interested in serving on the working group.

We had a great response and are happy to report that the Working Group has now been established, and is already underway with work to develop a plan for an open, independent, not-for-profit, sustainable, organization identifier registry.

There is information about the OI Project Working Group on the ORCID website including a list of the 17 working group members. They represent a broad range of scholarly communications stakeholders. Our scope of work includes three separate but interdependent areas:

  • Governance;
  • Registry Product Definition; and
  • Business Model & Funding.

The initial goal of the Working Group is to create a thorough and robust implementation plan by the end of 2017.

Please take a look at the website for more information and we’ll provide updates as things progress throughout the course of the year.

Please contact us with any questions.


Bilder, G., Brown, J., & Demeranville, T. (2016). Organisation identifiers: Current provider survey. ORCID.

Cruse, P., Haak, L., & Pentz, E. (2016). Organization identifier project: A way forward. ORCID.

Fenner, M. (2016). Announcing the organization identifier project: A way forward. DataCite.

Fenner, M., Paglione, L., Demeranville, T., & Bilder, G. (2016). Technical considerations for an organization identifier registry.

The OI Project gets underway planning an Open Organization Identifier Registry


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