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New Zealand ORCID Hub

The New Zealand ORCID Hub will allow all Consortium members to productively engage with ORCID irregardless of technical resources. The technology partner, with oversight from the IT Advisory Group, lead agency and ORCID, will develop and maintain the Hub.

Work undertaken as part of the MBIE-led ORCID Working Group confirmed the view that New Zealand's research organisations exist in a wide range of sizes and ability to access IT support. As a consequence, the ability of organisations to respond to the ORCID Joint Statement of Principle that New Zealand adopt ORCID as the national researcher identifier also varied widely. In recognition that assisting all Consortia-eligible organisations to productively engage with ORCID would lead to national benefits, the Ministry has provided support for the development of the New Zealand ORCID Hub. As designed, the core function of the Hub is to provide all New Zealand ORCID Consortium members with the ability to make authoritative assertions of their relationship with researchers on the researcher's ORCID record, irrespective of their size or technical resource. 

Throughout 2017 to June 2018, this project is being developed by a team at the University of Auckland under contract to the Royal Society of New Zealand as product owner, and with guidance from ORCID.  As the phenomena of small research organisations is not limited to New Zealand, it is a principle of the Hub's development is that it be architected for use by the global ORCID community.  To support this design principle, development is being pursued in as transparent a nature as possible, with the Hub itself being developed under the permissive MIT License.  

The core development team at the University of Auckland consists of: jeff kennedy, Enterprise Architecture Manager; Radomirs Cirskis, ORCID Project Architect; and Roshan Pawar, ORCID Developer.

NZ ORCID Hub Resources

Please note that these resources are all publicly available; however in some instances they require permission to contribute.   If you want to get involved, please email orcid@royalsociety.org.nz with your request. 

The NZ ORCID Hub's Development

The NZ ORCID Hub is being developed according to the Agile approach with agreed aspects of the overall plan broken into manageable regular work cycles, aka sprints.  For this project, a two-week sprint cycle has been adopted with each sprint involving the following communication timetable:

  • Week 1
    • Tuesday - What this sprint is about
    • Thursday - Review Product Roadmap; status update; and discussion of any barriers or problems
  • Week 2
    • Tuesday - Healthcheck of sprint plan, and review issue backlog
    • Thursday - Demonstration of anything that's ready

These Tuesday and Thursday sessions are conducted from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm over the University of Auckland's Zoom video-conferencing system.  Observers are welcome, especially to the the Week 2 demonstrations. 

Sprint zero agreeing to the projects Bill of Materials and an initial batch of user stories was completed 17 February, with summaries of each sprint will be posted to the NZ ORCID Hub Google Group as each finishes.

The next showcase is for Sprint #8 and will take place: 2 pm Thursday 8 June.

The initial milestone for the project is for the Hub to be a standalone web-based platform allowing researchers employed at Tuakiri-member organisations to have these affiliations authoritatively asserted by the organisation in their ORCID record.  The prospective launch for the Hub is by the end of June 2017.  As this goal is met, or exceeded, additional functionality will be added with priority set by the Product Owner assisted by the IT Advisory Group, and the community's, feedback.

The New Zealand ORCID Consortium IT Advisory Group

As the objective of the ORCID Hub is to benefit the New Zealand research, science, and innovation sector, the Society is assembling an IT Advisory Group drawn from the Technical Contacts of Consortium Members.  The primary purpose of this Group will be to provide advice to the Society on the technology aspects of the New Zealand ORCID Consortium, e.g.:

  • the design and development of the NZ ORCID Hub, especially prioritisation and feature requests
  • ensuring that the hub meets the design principles as endorsed by the NZ ORCID Working Group
  • the effective maintenance of the NZ ORCID Hub
  • the monitoring of the service performance of the NZ ORCID Consortium Technology Partner
  • the open-sourcing of the ORCID Hub codebase
  • establishing and maintaining appropriate technical repositories

In addition, the advisory group will be asked to provide ad hoc advice and recommendations to Consortium members to guide non-hub technical activities such as direct integrations with ORCID.

The IT Advisory Group is envisaged as a supportive, effective, collaborative community acting to support a novel research-infrastructure capability of broad benefit to New Zealand’s research and innovation system.

For more information on the IT Advisory Group, its purpose, and, once recruited, its membership see the Google Site hosted by the University of Auckland: NZ ORCID Consortium IT Advisory Group