[Wikimedia-l] The case for the Wikimedia Foundation as an ORCID member organisation

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[Wikimedia-l] The case for the Wikimedia Foundation as an ORCID member organisation

Gerard Meijssen-3
Hoi,

Earlier I posted the following text on my blogpost and as it concerns the
Wikimedia Foundation and how it deals with its research, it is very much a
subject that needs discussion for instance on this list.

Thanks,

      GerardM


The Wikimedia Foundation is a research organisation. No two ways about it;
it has its own researchers that not only perform research on the Wikimedia
projects and communities, they coordinate research on Wikimedia projects
and communities and it produces its own publications. As such it qualifies
to become an ORCID Member organisation.

The benefits are:

   -

   Authenticating ORCID iDs of individuals using the ORCID API to ensure
   that researchers are correctly identified in our systems
   -

   *Displaying* iDs to signal to researchers that our systems support the
   use of ORCID
   -

   *Connecting* information about affiliations and contributions to ORCID
   records, creating trusted assertions and enabling researchers to easily
   provide validated information to systems and profiles they use
   -

   *Collecting* information from ORCID records to fill in forms, save
   researchers time, and support research reporting
   -

   *Synchronizing* between research information systems to improve
   reporting speed and accuracy and reduce data entry burden for researchers
   and administrators alike

At this time the quality of information about Wikimedia research is hardly
satisfactory. As is the standard; announcements are made about a new paper
<https://arxiv.org/abs/1901.10263> and as can be expected the paper is not
in Wikidata
<https://www.wikidata.org/w/index.php?search=TiFi%3A%20Taxonomy%20Induction%20for%20Fictional%20Domains%20%5BExtended%20version%5D&title=Special%3ASearch&fulltext=1>.
The three authors are not in ORCID, as is usual for people who work in the
field of computing so there is no easy way to learn about their
publications.

What will this achieve; it will be the Wikimedia Foundation itself that
will push information about its research to ORCID and consequently at
Wikidata we can easily update the latest and greatest. It is also an
important step for documentation about becoming discoverable. It is one
thing to publish Open Content, when it is then hard to find, it is still
not FAIR and the research does not have the hoped for impact. It also
removes an issue that some researchers say they face; they cannot publish
about themselves on Wikimedia projects.

Another important plus; by indicating the importance of having scholarly
papers known in ORCID we help reluctant scientists understand that yes,
they have a career in open source, open systems but finding their work is
very much needed to be truly open.

Thanks,

GerardM
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