With ORCID launching in October, there is motivation for both VIVO and Profiles to actively support what is hoped to be major community shift to use of unique author IDs. This gadget could be added to user profile pages to:
(a) encourage and facilitate ORCID registration,
(b) display that someone has registered an ORCID as well as link to it, and
(c) help to keep local and ORCID profiles in sync.
There are probably other benefits to attaching an ORCID to a VIVO or Profiles user page in terms of things like connected SEO, web indexing, and facilitating linking of open data in general.
See also contest proposal for "Harmonize Profiles Gadget".
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