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**Note:** This experiment has graduated. This description has been kept for reference, but many of the links and/or services that appear below no longer work.
Crossref Contributor ID started out in 2007 as a project to assign "author DOIs." [Initial discussions](/blog/crossref-author-id-meeting/) were held in a meeting in Washington DC on February 14th 2007. The project eventually metamorphaised into what is known today as [ORCID](http://www.orcid.org). Watch this space as we will eventually collect and link to documents and presentations that trace the genisis and history of this important initiative.