In case anybody missed this piece of news on Twitter, the Open Researcher & Contributor ID initiative launched the first real, proper contributor ID service yesterday. Like several hundred (thousand?) others, I’ve already registered with the ORCID service and have my own persistent identifier, expressed as a clickable web URI:
So, what are you waiting for!!? Go get your ID own here: http://orcid.org/register
Launching the live service is a huge, huge step for the ORCID organization which I’ve been involved in for some time now (NB blog post coming on this topic).
There’s certainly a lot of work still to be done, such as working out how to accommodate the numerous small-scale organizations & projects who want to integrate with ORCID but cannot afford full membership fees (the fee structure is far from ideal). But as far as steps go, this is a big one.