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 recommends 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 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 write authoritative assertions to their researcher's ORCID record, irrespective of their size or technical resource.
Throughout 2017 to late 2019, the project was developed by a team at the University of Auckland under contract to the Royal Society of New Zealand. As the phenomena of small research organisations is not limited to New Zealand, it was a principle of the Hub's development that it be architected for use by the global ORCID community. To support this design principle, development was 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 consisted of: jeff kennedy, Enterprise Architecture Manager; Radomirs Cirskis, ORCID Project Architect; and Roshan Pawar, ORCID Developer.
The Hub operates in two modes: self-service Tuakiri-member organisation login; and file upload either via a UI or the Hub's API.
The NZ ORCID Hub is an ORCID Legacy Certified Service Provider. The Hub was certified under ORCID's initial Certified Service Provider criteria and we are in the process of confirming our recertification under the new ORCID workflow-based criteria.