The medal is awarded annually to people who have made a contribution of lasting value to the research and development of advanced Internet technology aimed to support science, research and higher education. The 2021 award ceremony was held online, during a plenary session of TNC21 on 22 June.
In the spirit of the award, which recognises individuals who have proved their organisational skills and whose efforts have led to the creation of institutions or services of long-term value, the choice fell on Laurel as the best in a range of very qualified nominees.
“Laurel led the development of ORCID from a concept to a global, community-led, non-profit service used by more than ten million researchers. ORCID IDs are now the essential foundation for research processes in and between institutions, funders, and publishers: enabling the creation, testing, sharing, and finding of new knowledge,” said Andrew Cormack, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Vietsch Foundation, explaining the rationale for the award.
Laurel currently is the Founder and CEO of Mighty Red Barn where her work centers on trust-building to foster communities, through practice areas of digital infrastructure and identity, governance and decision frameworks, product strategy and practice. She also serves as a volunteer mentor for the SCORE small business start-up programme.
Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurel_Haak