Howard is the driving force behind CHOR Inc. and its first service, CHORUS: Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States. Over the past two decades, he played a key role in developing innovative technology solutions that have transformed scholarly communications.
He co-founded and chaired the not-for-profit ORCID – Open Researcher and Contributor ID system – and continues to serve as one of its Ambassadors. He was active in the establishment of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the founding and technical development of Crossref and CLOCKSS. He served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Scholarly Publishing and was the SSP President from 2014-2015. He is an active member of the STM Future Labs. Howard received the NFAIS Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture Award in 2012. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of production and new technology themes.