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  1. Add arXiv links

    In physics (as well as other fields), it is common for publications to be distributed via the arXiv (http://arxiv.org/). This is entirely open access, and so is a wonderful resource. It would be great if academic publications could be linked to the arXiv versions. This is not only so that the authors can associated with their work, but also so that anyone reading the ORCID profile can find links to the publications that they can read without journal subscriptions. The NASA ADS (http://adswww.harvard.edu/) and Google Scholar already do a good job of pairing publications with their…

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      4 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Initialized given names in search index & also exposed in API

      A data source I am using to discover potential ORCID ids may/may not have initials as given-names. If your Lucene index had an EdgeNGram on given-names, to help accommodate incoming queries that contain abbreviated given-names, this would be immensely useful.

      Alternatively, an additional, computed field like "given-name-initials" with EdgeNGram would be equally useful and would not change the behaviour of your existing Solr field, "given-names". A relatively simple regex-based method from https://github.com/berkmancenter/namae/blob/master/lib/namae/name.rb#L178 might prove useful.

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        0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hi,

        Thanks for the suggestion. After discussing this with our development team this looks like something we can do using your initial suggestion of using EdgeNGram on the given-names field.

        I’ve added this to our list of projects to get to this year. But out developers are working on a number of other major improvements to the ORCID Registry, so I don’t have an exact timeline as when we’ll get to this.

        Best,
        -Catalina
        ORCID Support

      • Allow users to add other identifers to their profiles

        [Further to my recent off-line conversation with Laure Haak]

        ORCID has integration with ISNI and ReseracherID, which is great, but should also allow users to enter other identifiers, such as VIAF and Wikidata IDS in their profile.

        [Including Wikidata effectively gives a link to any Wikipedia biographies of the person.]

        These could be entered as strings (and perhaps validated using check digits) and made links to the relevant external sites.

        The values should be available via API.

        If, later the systems that provide the identifiers have full, two-way integration, the data will thus be already available.

        Happy to advise further.

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          2 comments  ·  * Biographical Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hi Andy,

          This is an excellent suggestion and one we’ve talked about a few times at ORCID. I’ve marked it as under review as we’ll need to figure out the best way to include these other identifiers, before we can start work on it. But hopefully this is something we’ll be able to fit into our development priorities this year.

          Best,
          -Catalina
          ORCID Support

        • oauth authentication screen - sign-in not apparent

          We have implemented the 3-legged OAuth authorization. On the OAuth authentication screen the registration form is very dominant compared to the "Sign In" link. We are getting feedback from confused users who already have an ORCID iD and who not see a 'login' button.

          We suggest to balance the visual appearance on the OAuth authentication screen for the two actions/options
          - "register"
          - "Sign In"

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            1 comment  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hi,

            I’ll pass on your feedback about making the Sign in button more prominent to our development team, this is probably something we can do. We used to display both a Sign in and Register form on the authorization screen but moved to just showing one in response to user and member feedback.

            I also wanted to make sure you knew that you can have the sign in form be the default instead of register. Instructions on how to do that are at http://members.orcid.org/api/customize-oauth-login-screen

            Best,
            -Catalina
            ORCID Support

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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hi,

              Thanks for the suggestion. Our metadata fields for works are designed to match the common bibliographic information given for a variety of research output. Based on other standards that we’ve looked at only one translated title is typical. If you can point me to other standards that allow for multiple translated titles or send me examples of works where the same work with a single identifier has titles in more than two languages I can take that information to our staff to reevaluate the decision to only have one translated title.

              Thanks,
              -Catalina
              ORCID Support

            • Colour contrast and readability

              On the main ORCID site (especially on profile pages) would you consider making the text colour ever so slightly darker (and web safe) please?

              I appreciate your response to similar suggestions in 2013 (e.g. http://goo.gl/EyY7M6) but doing some quick and minor CSS changes sooner would be really good as it would make it much easier to read text on screen.

              For example, change the CSS colour #939598 to say #666666

              Similarly the white text on green background could also be improved in terms of contrast. Anyway thank you for allowing us to suggest improvements and responding to suggestions.

              Best…

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                0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • sort entries in the education, employment and funding sections by end date instead of start date

                If there are two or more concurrent grants, for example, sorting by end date usually produces a more reasonable order.

                Consider the following situation:
                Grant 1: $500 000, 01/2014 - 12/2016
                Grant 2: $15 000, 12/2014-04/2015

                Those are now displayed in the order Grant 2, Grant 1 and will be displayed this way even in mid-2016, when no one cares about Grant 2 anymore. The same is true for the tab education, where e.g. a short stay at a foreign university always pops to the top.

                Sorting by end dates solves these issues, because the topmost entry is either the…

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                  0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  We appreciate you raising this issue and have added it to our list of items to address. As this is a minor issue we aren’t prioritizing it, but it’s on our list to fix in the next few months.

                  Thanks,
                  -Catalina
                  ORCID Support

                • Improve Search Options

                  Please try to improve Search options in 2 ways:
                  1.- Aspect: show Search box in another locatiom, shape and colours. It's not obvious that this grey line is the Search box.
                  2.- More fields in Advanced Search: add affiliation and fields combined with Boolean operators
                  Thanks.

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                    0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks for the suggestions. I’ve marked this iDes as started for the initial suggestion to redesign the search box. We’re going to be releasing a new menu layout in the next few months at which time the search box will also be redesigned and hopefully will be more obvious.

                    For advanced search options, if the interface tools don’t provide as much customization as you would like I suggest you try using our public API search. Instructions on how to do that are athttp://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/132354-searching-with-the-public-api

                    Best,
                    -Catalina
                    ORCID Support

                  • BibTeX import is flaky

                    First, thank you for enable BibTeX import. This was a long awaited feature.

                    The BibTex import option is however rather sensitive to the details of the BibTex record, and fails when it encounters fields that it can't deal with. These are standard field such as:

                    month = may

                    or

                    date-modified = {2014-12-09T15:58:24GMT},

                    and the import simply fails without giving a detailed reason.

                    Secondly the import does not translate special characters correctly, such as umlauts or accented letters, for example

                    {\"u} becomes ü rather than ü

                    Btw, Imports from CrossRef suffer from the same problem

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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hi Ulli,

                      We’ve been following up with the specific issues causing import to fail via support. But I’m marking this ticket as planned to address your point about special characters not importing correctly. That’s on our list to fix in the new year and I’ll update this idea once we’ve had a chance to improve how our BibTeX parser handles these characters.

                      Best,
                      -Catalina
                      ORCID Support

                    • Use https by default

                      Use https by default (i.e. if the user enters a URL without a protocol such as [1]) do not redirect https URLs such as [2] to http pages. For background, please see [3]-[6]

                      [1] orcid.org/0000-0001-5882-6823

                      [2] https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5882-6823

                      [3] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/doc/web-https

                      [4] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28687513

                      [5] http://engineering.linkedin.com/https/default-https

                      [6] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/08/28/https-default-logged-in-users-wikimedia-sites/

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                        0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi Andy,

                        Thanks for the suggestion. Our technical steering group met about this and we do want to implement your suggestion. However, this is a large project for us as it involves changes to the API and could break member integrations. While we do plan to start work on this, it’s not something that will be completed immediately.

                        You can track our progress on all the tasks related to this update at https://trello.com/c/3onbrg4W/272-public-record-pages-adjustments-for-https. And we’d appreciate any further suggestions you have.

                        Thanks,
                        -Catalina
                        ORCID Support

                      • Ability to denote which Co-Author of an article is associated with this Orcid Id

                        Add the ability to indicate which coauthor on an article this user's Orcid id is associated with. In the made up example below, it is ambiguous which J Smith is associated with "this" Orcid id.
                        J. Smith, J. Smith, and J. Smith (2007), Cats and Their Habits, Journal of Moggies, pg 1-1000.

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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          This is something we’re looking into. In the next year we’ll be adding new functionality for contribution and specifically the roles of researchers in works. The new functionality may be able to address this issue.

                          Best,
                          -Catalina
                          ORCID Support

                        • Improving BibTeX import - for large bibliographies

                          First thanks for releasing the BibTeX import. Our users are also happy to see the availability of BibTex import. Some with very large bibliographies are however complaining about have to accept (save) every single record.

                          It would be great if you somehow to make it possible to accept all, or accept selected records from an BibTeX import file, without having to: open, save to accept every single record.

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                            0 comments  ·  * Interfaces with other services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi Mikael,

                            Thanks for the suggestion, this is on our list for 2015 already. There’s a little development work involved as we can’t have an automatic save for BibTeX citations that are missing required fields, but we are working on a “save all” option that works for every valid reference in a BibTeX file. I’ll update this idea when that functionality is ready.

                            Best,
                            -Catalina
                            ORCID Support

                          • Provide authentication with OpenID Connect

                            Since plain oauth for accessing the API is primarily for authorization, it would be great to be able to use ORCID as an authentication provider with an open standard as OpenID Connect. Users could then easily log into other research platforms using their ORCID account.

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                              3 comments  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • use ISO 8601 on orcid.org/statistics

                              At the bottom of
                              https://orcid.org/statistics it says

                              "Statistics as of: 2014-Dec-12"

                              Could you change it so it conforms to ISO 8601?

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                                0 comments  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thanks for another great suggestion. We’ve added this to the list of bugs for our developers to complete. As it’s a low priority issue, there will be a delay before it is complete but we’ll update this iDea once the change has been made.

                                Best,
                                -Catalina
                                ORCID Support

                              • Save collapse state of sections in profile

                                When I log in, I'm interested in my works, so I collapse the sections above that. I have to do this every time. Just remember my preferences for each section.

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                                  0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for a great suggestion. We’ll bring this up with our developers to see if it is something that can be easily implemented. Right now our focus is on adding additional functionality, but once that’s complete we’ll have more time to review the design of the ORCID record and will see if this is possible.

                                  Best,
                                  -Catalina
                                  ORCID Support

                                • Use mathjax for proper display of Tex formulas/equations in Works titles

                                  The Tex formulas in titles and abstracts do not appear properly in the public profile pages (example: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0219-2750). Using Mathjax may be a solution for this problem.

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                                    0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for the suggestion. We agree that adding a way to mark up text based formulas would be a nice feature. However, it won’t fit in our near term development plan as right now we’re focused on release new features to make the entire Registry more robust. We’ll review this suggestion once we have more developer time and as the demand grows.

                                    Best,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID Support

                                  • Offer JSON-LD representation

                                    JSON-LD provides a nice combination of a simple syntax format while being linked data at the same time. Being able to get JSON-LD for an ORCID identifier would help both semantic web use cases as well as simpler one-off uses.

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                                      0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Preserving oauth authorization

                                      Right now, if one integrates ORCID as an authentication provider, via oauth, the user coming to a service to authenticate, is redirected to ORCID to login and is then asked to authorized the given service.

                                      This procedure currently happens *every* time a user authenticates.
                                      It would be great that the user is not asked to authorize a given application upon every login, rather your service would keep track of which application have been authorized and let the user cancel them from their account service.

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                                        1 comment  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Co-branding on ORCID emails to integrators' user communities

                                        As a soon to be integrator, I think it would be valuable to co-brand on emails sent by ORCID to our users. All our information providers allow us to state that the content is brought to you by NAME OF LIBRARY or LOGO of Library on their respective websites/homepages. I believe that we should implement something similar with ORCID…. Perhaps the wording could be ...brought to you by NAME OF LIBRARY or ORGANIZATION in partnership with ORCID. Co-branding will draw attention to our users that there is a definite collaboration between their library/institution and ORCID.

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                                          0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hi Donna,

                                          Thanks for the suggestion. We can’t customize all emails ORCID sends (like reset password messages, or notifications that your record has been updated) based on if a researcher is associated with one of our members. However, for premium members we do offer an option to customize the claim email that is sent if an institution creates a record for a researcher. See http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/385420

                                          But we are intrigued by your suggestion about including member logos on websites, like your other information providers. In 2015 we’ll look at the possibility of allowing members to add a logo to the ORCID records of their researchers (probably in the affiliation sections). I’ll update this iDea once we know if that is something we’ll be able to pursue

                                          I also noticed that your institution isn’t listed on the ORCID member’s page yet. If you send us a logo and description (to support@orcid.org)…

                                        • Allow authors to list related work (e.g. a dataset or supplementary material) under a publication in a related works or tabbed section.

                                          At the moment every work shows up the same. It would be great if you could link subsidiary or related works under a publication, for example, a link to the Dryad or Figshare source for the underlying data or to a preprint repository for an author manuscript.

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                                            This is a great suggestion and one that’s in our long term plan. In addition to linking works we want to be able to link funding items that may have support the works and create other connections between items on an ORCID record. While we won’t be able to add this soon as we have so much other functionality we’re working on, this is part of the plan for ORCID.

                                            Best,
                                            -Catalina
                                            ORCID Support

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