ORCID and GitHub Sign Memorandum of Understanding

ORCID and GitHub are delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing the two organizations to coordinate efforts encouraging the adoption of ORCID iDs through the research data lifecycle. GitHub, part of Microsoft, is a collaborative platform for creating, hosting, managing, and sharing code, used internationally by programmers, researchers, and tech organizations all over the world and is the world’s largest source code host.

GitHub’s new ORCID integration

As a first step towards greater collaboration, GitHub has developed an integration with ORCID, which allows GitHub users to link their validated ORCID iD to their public GitHub profile. This will help to uniquely identify researchers using GitHub and connect their GitHub profiles to their scholarly other activities, affiliations, and outputs in their ORCID profiles.

As more researchers take advantage of this capability, we hope to see greater interest from the global research community in a deeper integration between ORCID and GitHub in the future. ORCID and GitHub will engage their respective communities and stakeholder groups on the specific use cases that would define this deeper integration and the data that could be exchanged between the two systems.

If you already have a GitHub account and an ORCID iD, simply sign into GitHub and go to https://github.com/settings/profile to authenticate your ORCID iD. From the settings page, scroll down to the button that says Connect your ORCID iD. Clicking that will take you to the ORCID sign-in page to authorize access. Check out this helpful instruction video to walk through the process.

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