ORCID and author profiles
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor iD) is a global non-profit registry which provides researchers with a unique alpha-numeric identifier (an ORCID iD) plus a mechanism for linking research outputs to these identifiers.
QUT Academic Profiles
QUT provides each academic staff member with a profile page which is visible to the public. This profile is generally the first item in the results set if your search Google for the name of a QUT academic so it is worth keeping this page up to date.
The 'business card' data (name, position, phone numbers, email, qualifications) that appear on your Personal tab are drawn from authoritative QUT corporate sources like the HR System and QUT Virtual. Biographical information, scholarly society memberships, teaching and research experience can be edited by the profile owner (Login and go to 'profile management'). Up to 10 publications can be selected (via the Research Activity Database) to display on the Profile page. Additionally, the publications tab includes a link to the academic's full list of publications in QUT ePrints.
For more information about how to edit a QUT Academic Profile page, consult the QUT Academic Profiles help page.
ResearchGate is a popular social networking site for researchers. It functions as a profile page, a communication space and a mechanism for sharing copies of publications with other researchers.
ResearchGate uses information in the profile to match the researcher to publications. If the researcher 'claims' a suggested publication, they are prompted to upload a full-text copy. However, when uploading a full-text publication to ResearchGate, the researcher assumes full responsibility for checking that the upload does not constitute an infringement of the publisher's copyright.
ResearchGate also sends emails to co-authors, written as if they were personally sent by the profile owner, to invite them to join ResearchGate. Fortunately, there is an opt out for this function but you need to look for it.