Special Report  

Academic Hub Uses ORCID to Boost Visibility of NTU Researchers

Last year, the Medical Library of the College of Medicine won the praise and support of NTU President Pan-Chyr Yang for successfully creating a research portal to present comprehensive information aboutthe college’s researchers and their research works. Since then, the portal has been expanded and upgraded.  It now serves as a one-stop university-wide system called NTU Academic Hub.

To further expand itspopularity, this year, the Medical Library has dedicated itself to expanding the functionality and breadth to the Academic Hub.To keep NTU faculty and researchersin step with theirinternational research peers, it is providing one-on-one personalized service to help them apply for an Open Researcher and Contributor Identification (ORCID) identifier code and complete the uploading of their curriculum vitae and academic publications.

ORCID is an international identification system that has gained widespread acceptance in the academic community,sinceit is able to identify the works of published authors across languages and research disciplines. ORCID’s unique and permanent digital ID bears a 16-character alphanumeric code that ensures that everyresearcher’s academic achievements are properly cited and more easily located.

In 2014, the library began using ORCID, then a newly emerging global project, as a way to increase opportunities for research exchanges and international cooperation. The globally standardized identifiers have enabled the College of Medicine Research Portal to accurately and fully present the researchers’ areas of interest and their individual and team-based research achievements. The portal has attracted greater international recognition of the college’s faculty members due largely to the library staff’s proactive efforts to assist faculty members in signing up for ORCID identifiers and setting up their ORCID profiles.

Established in August 2015, the university-wide Academic Hub, like the College of Medicine Research Portal, emphasizes the individual researcher rather than the title of the research work as its primary reference point. By providing a comprehensive compilation of a researcher’s academic synergies, Academic Hub creates increased visibility for NTU and its researchers by allowing scholars around the world immediate access to the entirety of an NTU researcher’s academic achievements. Moreover, ORCID can be connected to the systems of other services through a set of Application Programming Interface protocols. This enables researchers to directly export new information through such services as Scopus or Airiti to keep their profiles up to date.