It’s been two year’s now science Digital Science launched GRID, the Global Research Identifier Database. It’s also nearly a year since we announced that the GRID dataset will be made available under a CC0 license, allowing users to make full use of the database releases with no need for attribution.

It’s in the last year that lots of exciting developments have happened since making the dataset openly available. One of those key developments is that ORCID, the unique identifier for scientific and other academic authors and contributors, has added support for GRID.

Just like Digital Science, ORCID strives to provide services that are community responsive. As well as GRID, they support a range of other organisation identifiers and are working on functionality to enable their members to specify which organisation identifier(s) they use when making connections. ORCID plan to expose these identifiers in their API and user interface. ORCID are also working to enhance how their data model handles affiliations.

Dr Andres Mori, Head of Data Services, Digital Science said:

“Taking control over how your institution’s name is used across research systems is crucial to improving workflows and communication. It’s great to be working with ORCID to make this a reality.”

To hear the latest news on GRID, you can follow them on Twitter using @GRID_ac. Andres is also presenting on a panel at THOR tomorrow, if you want to find out more.