Characterizing the Adoption of ORCID iDs


Eva Borger recently joined the Research Data Management team at the University of St Andrews Library as Research Data Officer to support their participation in the Jisc Research Data Shared Services pilot. Prior to that, she carried out a pilot study on ORCID iD integration and adoption at the University of St Andrews between June and August 2017. She obtained her PhD in Neuroscience and gathered 4 years’ experience as a postdoctoral researcher in Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh before returning to St Andrews to complete an MSc in Management and Information Technology. As a result of her work on ORCID iD integration, she was part of a working group that supported ORCID in the redevelopment of the ORCID Knowledgebase.

Anna Clements was appointed Assistant Director of Library Services at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, to head up the Digital Research Division created in April 2015. The Division brings together Open Access & Research Publications Support, Research Data Management, Digital Humanities and Research Computing. In April 2016, the division took on responsibility for running Pure with the creation of two new roles, one split 50:50 with the Research Policy Office and the second full-time in the Library.
Anna moved to the Library from IT Services in 2013. In IT Services she held posts as Programme Manager, Data Architect and Enterprise Architect and was also co-opted to serve as Senior Research Policy Advisor in 2011. She was project manager for the implementation of Pure in 2009, and prior to that developed the in-house Research Expertise database in 2004. Before joining the University in 2003, Anna built up over 20 years’ experience working as a consultant, software developer and project manager designing and building systems for a variety of SMEs and UK/ US educational and academic publishers.
Her current role consolidates her skills and expertise in data management, research information management and policy development. She is a tireless advocate, within the University and internationally, of the basic management information principles of entering data once and using open standards to improve data quality whilst minimizing the data collection burden across the research sector. Externally, Anna is Executive for strategy on the euroCRIS Board ( , a member of the Snowball Metrics Steering Committee (, and Chair of the Pure UK Strategy Group and Chair of CASRAI-UK (

Alex Voss is a Lecturer in Software Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. He holds a PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh and has previously held posts at the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester. Alex has worked at the intersection of computer science and the social sciences for over 15 years and, through involvement in the UK’s e-Social Science program, has extensive experience with studying the mutual shaping of research infrastructures and research practices. He has a long-standing interest in human-centric software development and infrastructuring.

Advisory Committee

Chair: John MacColl, University Librarian & Director of Library Services,University of St Andrews

Wolfram Horstman – Director of State and University Library Göttingen
Alice Meadows – Director of Community Engagement & Support for ORCID
Rob Procter – Professor of Social Informatics, Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick
Torsten Reimer – Head of Research Services, British Library
David Seaman – Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University
Peter Suber – Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
Jeremy Upton – Director of Library & University Collections at The University of Edinburgh