ORCID Saudi National Workshop: KAUST University Library celebrated Open Access Week 2017
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Library in collaboration with ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) and KAUST Research Evaluation Office, hosted the first ORCID Saudi National Workshop on 23rd October, 2017. As part of International Open Access Week celebrations, this workshop was organized to highlight the importance of open access, research evaluation, research impact and research profiling in scholarly communication and research publishing. The workshop was attended on invitation by Library Deans, Directors, Repository Managers and Professionals from Alfaisal University, Al-Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud University, King Abdulaziz University, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, King Faisal University, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, Najran University, Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges & Institutes, Taibah University and Umm Al-Qura University.
The event was a grand success in providing a platform for the participants to understand new trends in scholarly communication, research evaluation and understanding benefits from a practical approach of ORCID integrations to different systems such as research repository, research evaluation and research profiling services at KAUST. Technical sessions were handled by Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar (KAUST Library Director), Dr. Thibaut Lery (KAUST Research Evaluation Director), Mr. Matthew Buyers (ORCID Membership Director), Mr. Mohamed BaEssa (KAUST Acting Manager of Systems and Digital Services) and Mr. Daryl Grenz (KAUST Repository Specialist).
Dr. Laurel Haak, the Executive Director of ORCID commented about this workshop and wished grand success with a note "KAUST have been a leader in the repository and ETD community demonstrating how ORCID can be used to benefit researchers and their organization. KAUST were an early adopter of ORCID, and have done a marvelous repository integration that connects student ORCID IDs with KAUST and with their thesis, thesis advisors, and with the organization, all in a publicly shareable form with clear opt-in on the part of the student."
KAUST University Library Director Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar said "KAUST has been honored to host library leaders and specialists from several Saudi universities for the first time at our beautiful campus. The workshop has generated a strong desire to build an effective community that facilitates access to information for the development of scientific research in the Kingdom and we will work towards more collaborations and partnerships with participating institutions in the future through KAUST Library’s Regional Initiatives".
Workshop presentations and photographs are available from below links.
A press release by AlRiyadh newspaper (in Arabic) is available here http://www.alriyadh.com/1633859