Connecting to People

The creator and contributor properties can be used to attribute credit to related individuals. Both properties have a nameIdentifier sub-property.

Including identifiers (e.g. ORCID iDs) in the nameIdentifier property helps to create connections between people and works. This enables services including DataCite Researcher Profiles (People search in DataCite Commons) and ORCID auto-update.

ORCID Claiming can also be used if a researcher wants to claim a work that does not include their ORCID iD in the DOI metadata.

For individual creators and contributors, users are also encouraged to include the familyName and givenName sub-properties when available.


Creator with nameIdentifier:

  <creatorName nameType="Personal">Garcia, Sofia</creatorName>
  <nameIdentifier schemeURI="" nameIdentifierScheme="ORCID">0000-0001-5727-2427</nameIdentifier>
  <affiliation affiliationIdentifier="" affiiationIdentifierScheme="ROR" SchemeURI="">Arizona State University</affiliation>

Contributor with nameIdentifier:

<contributor contributorType="DataCollector">
  <contributorName nameType="Personal">Carberry, Josiah</contributorName>
  <nameIdentifier schemeURI="" nameIdentifierScheme="ORCID">0000-0002-1825-0097</nameIdentifier>
  <affiliation affiliationIdentifier="" affiiationIdentifierScheme="ROR" SchemeURI="">Brown University</affiliation>

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