Link ORCID iD to Swiss edu-ID

Owners of a Swiss edu-ID can now link their ORCID iD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) to their Swiss edu-ID profile. Go to your Swiss edu-ID profile and link your ORCID iD now.

The ORCID iD is imported to the Swiss edu-ID profile in a secure way making sure that only the owner of the ORCID iD can import it, and that the iD can’t be tampered with.



Individuals who do not yet have an ORCID iD can create one on the fly and link it to their Swiss edu-ID.

Once the ORCID iD is linked to a Swiss edu-ID account, it is available to services in the attribute eduPersonOrcid. This greatly helps services to include the ORCID iD in their business workflows and likewise enhances the benefit for scientific authors.

About ORCID: ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a nonproprietary code to uniquely identify scientific and academic authors. It is operated by the non profit organization Individuals can include their ORCID identifier on their web page, in their publications, when they apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure they get credit for their work.

See also Swiss edu-ID ORCID working group report.

Swiss edu-ID 1.0 Launch

SWITCH is happy to announce the start of the productive phase of Swiss edu-ID Version 1.0.
The user interface is available here and allows individuals to create their Swiss edu-ID identity from scratch or to build one based on a SWITCHaai account.

The Swiss edu-ID Identity Provider is ready for pilots and productive services that wants to connect their resources.
This will allow such services to open up new groups of users as:

  • former university members no longer having an AAI account (–> services for Alumni)
  • guests without relationship to a Swiss Higher Education Institution (–> provision of WLAN access etc.)
  • regular users without strong relationship to a Swiss Higher Education Institution (–> national services open to a larger public)

The Swiss edu-ID IdP is part of the SWITCHaai federation and therefore rules of this framework apply.

Several pilot projects and resources are already foreseen to connect to Swiss edu-ID in 2015, but we welcome other services that want to profit by the possible larger user base and verified core attributes to discuss implementation options (contact