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Persistent, unambiguous Identifiers are critical to research.  The ARDC describes the roles they play.

Research Activity Identifier - RAiD is a unique and persistent identifier for research projects.  It acts as a container for research project activities by collecting identifiers for the people, publications, instruments and institutions that are involved.  

ORCID records may be linked to other identifier systems (i.e. into Scopus or Web of Science).  If ORCID records are kept up to date, there is no need to maintain records in multiple systems. 

Persistent identifiers. We All Know What We Mean, Can We Just Put It In The Policy? - The Scholarly Kitchen - 16 November 2022

Estimating the Value of PIDs: A New Report from Jisc - June 2021

The UK National PID Consortium: A Pathway to Increased Adoption - The Scholarly Kitchen - 29 June 2020