Researchers can demonstrate their competence in areas such as research ethics, open science, regulatory oversight, research administration, and other topics through accreditation.
Certificates, badges and other qualifications can be added to ORCID records so that the evidence of competence is publicly available and unambiguously linked to an ORCID iD. These qualifications can then be used to access restricted datasets, prove that training has been completed or perform other privileged actions.
There are two general ORCID workflows for qualification information; adding Qualifications to ORCID records, and reading Qualifications in order to make access decisions.
- When signing up for an online course, or on completion of the course, the participant is asked to sign into the qualification provider with their ORCID iD.
- The participant is asked to authorize (or deny) access for the qualification provider to read and update their record
- The qualification provider system adds a qualification item to the participants ORCID record using the ORCID API.
If a service is interested in the qualifications earned by a researcher then you can read them from their record. This information can then be used to prove the ownership of a particular qualification.
- The service asks the researcher to sign into their service with their ORCID iD.
- The participant is asked to authorise (or deny) access for the service to read their record.
- The service uses the ORCID API to read the qualifications section of the ORCID record.
- The service may want to check who added the qualification item to the ORCID record (the source) to make sure it is a source they trust. The source of the qualification could be either:
- The service itself,
- Another ORCID member organization,
- The researcher themselves.