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  1. Search by works metadata

    There's a number of pieces of information in works metadata: author, journal, year, volume, issue, title, possibly DOI, etc.

    It would be great to be able to search on these pieces of information.

    I had someone contact me that wanted to use the R ORCID client I maintain to search for works for only 2015 for all researchers at a specific university.

    As far as I know this can't be done with the API, correct?

    I tried to answer his question with the R client after pulling down works, parsing the bibtex citation, etc. - see here https://gist.github.com/sckott/41a400341180e967d5405642537b7c1e

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      3 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thank you for your suggestion on improving the ORCID Registry.

      Could you give further information as to what you would expect from the works data search? We would suggest that you review the v2.0 release candidates, as such search features would be likely implemented on the version currently in development.

      At present the ORCID API cannot be used to search works data. However an API client can obtain permission to read limited-access data on the ORCID record, including works data. An application can request such access from researchers at their institution, obtain their works data, and then search that data for works from a certain year.

      Warm regards,
      ORCID Community Engagement and Support

    • Resume or CV

      ORCID is great as it is an online CV/resume. But it would be great if this record gets printed out automatically as a CV/resume with different formats available. Or an additional app which does this would also be great with editing features available.

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        0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • ORCiD inbox links to actual works, not entire list

        The Inbox currently shows which service has updated my Work section, and presents a link 'View on your record'. That link shows the entire list of works (for me, it basically goes to https://orcid.org/my-orcid). I often cannot find which work was added. It would be great if somehow that could be made transparent, ideally by opening up the relevant work(s) in a separate window/page.

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

          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

          At present, the current stable version of the ORCID API, v1.2, does not make it possible to clearly state which items have been added or updated to the ORCID record via the ORCID API. (This is what such notifications are indicating.)

          The simplest method to determine what was added or updated at present is by checking the creation date (via more details view). The modification date can also be viewed via the ORCID public API.

          The API version currently in development, v2.0, supports the addition and updating of individual works items. It is possible that this could result in more informative notifications.

          We would appreciate hearing further suggestions on how the addition/update notifications can improve. What information do you expect to see in them?

        • Develop tagging and filtering to support funding application requirements

          It seems relatively common that online grant/fellowship application systems ask the applicant to enter a list of works that is more specific than the complete list available on an ORCID profile. For example, some just want just journal articles, or just pubmed-indexed articles, or they want a separate list of works that arose from their previous funding, etc.

          If users could tag their works and then provide a link to a list of works filtered by specific tags, then I think there would be a real possibility of funders changing their application requirements to allow such links in place of…

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            3 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID registry.

            Could you please provide further information about the tagging and filtering proposed? It would be useful if you could provide a single example.

            Warm regards,
            ORCID Community Engagement and Support

          • Console to manage API credentials

            Managing API credentials, redirect URIs etc is cumbersome work for both ORCid Support in making changes and integrators and software developers requesting for changes. Google-style console to manage API credentials and properties associated to them would ease workflows for both parties.

            https://console.developers.google.com/apis/

            Sure, Google has a lot of functionalities added, but a simple list of API IDs for each consortium member and management interface to update API redirect URIs would be a good start.

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              1 comment  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. We’re glad to hear that this is something that you’d like to see, as it’s something that we’d like to see too!

              Currently individual ORCID record holders can manage their ORCID Public API credentials by clicking Development Tools on the registry navigation (direct link: https://orcid.org/developer-tools).

              We have as goal to allow members to do the same on with the Member API credentials. You can keep a track of progress on this by following our public Trello boards: https://trello.com/orcid2

              Warm regards,
              ORCID Community Engagement and Support

            • ORCID interface should open a new window for the different functions

              It would be useful if the ORCID interface would open a new window for the different functions. Now I am trying to write an email about my publication list, but I cannot go back to check my publication without deleting this email.

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                0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • I would like an easy way to copy/paste my ORCID iD (including the ORCID logo) to include in my email signature.

                I would like an easy way to copy/paste my ORCID iD (including the ORCID logo) to include in my email signature or other places I might like to promote my ORCID iD.

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

                  Hello,

                  Thank you for your suggestion for improving the ORCID Registry.

                  Could you suggest some layouts that you would expect to see as an email signature? And by ‘ORCID logo’, might you refer to the ORCID iD icon? (Green circle with the white iD)

                  Thank you.

                  Warm regards,

                  ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                • Use https in sign up email and elsewhere

                  Hi,
                  I just signed up for an ORCID and the site sent me an email with an ORCID link:

                  >> The link to your public record is http://orcid.org/0000-<snip>

                  Since orcid.org has working TLS, you should adjust the email to include the https URL., eg, it should say:

                  >> The link to your public record is https://orcid.org/0000-<snip>

                  Also, some parts of your site do not have working TLS, for example, https://support.orcid.org produces invalid cert errors. It would be best to have the entire site protected by TLS.

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                    0 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • unnecessary horizontal scrolling

                    Please remove horizontal scrolling. It is quite annoying and does not serve any apparent purpose since the margins are empty anyway. It just makes the website feel a bit wiggly. Here is one example:
                    http://orcid.org/blog/2013/08/08/suggested-practices-collection-and-display-orcid-ids-publishing-workflows
                    Other ORCID pages lack the wiggliness.
                    I understand it might be platform dependent. I use Firefox 47.0 on Mac OS 10.10.5.

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                      0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • More information about why a researcher should sign up for an ORCID

                      ORCID is a great system - and, as a publisher, I love it when researchers use it - but there is little/no material on the website (eg in 'for researchers' section, or in FAQ) as to why authors would be motivated to sign up... we have had comments like 'oh, it's just another academia.edu' and 'oh, it's just another research gate' when we have tried to explain... there needs to be some information we can hand to them about why this would help them further their career, or get credit for their work, or make connections, or (most importantly) help…

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                      • ORCID add research data products ("data sets") as a "Work Category." Right now, ORCID treats research data products as a lower level type.

                        ORCID add research data products ("data sets") as a "Work Category." Right now, ORCID treats research data products as a lower level type, implying data products are not bona fide product of research activities.

                        This elevation of data products to a Work Category is an appropriate change, given the importance of published and archived data in modern research.
                        Such a change would promote the legitimacy of data products within ORCID

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                          0 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add a preprint field to direct to openly available versions of a work

                          Please consider adding a new field for a preprint identifier or link that could be added to existing works. This would allow someone visiting a profile to find an openly accessible version of a work (e.g., journal or conference paper).

                          In many fields, "green open access" is more practical than "gold open access" due to a lack of recognized OA journals. Thus, many authors wanting to make a paper available will submit it to a preprint server (such as arXiv, figshare, or Zenodo) in addition to publishing in a traditional (closed) journal.

                          Currently, there doesn't seem to be an obvious…

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                            0 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • It will be great instead compulsion of username, lets log in us via our email address, research id or orcid no.

                            t will be great instead compulsion of username, lets log in us via our email address, research id or orcid no.

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                              0 comments  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Account Settings: Trusted organizations should only be listed once

                              In the account settings trusted organizations section looks more or less like an activity log. If e.g. you grant access to a service like CrossRef a couple of times it becomes rather confusing to get an overview of all services you trusted. "Cleaning up" by deleting is suboptimal, because it revokes access to the service completely.

                              It could be less confusing to list the trusted organizations only once and maybe add an extra activity log.

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                                0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • ORCiD implement two-factor authentication

                                For added security, you could consider implementing two-factor authentication.

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                                  0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • a German translation of the web interface is offered.

                                  I suppose it is self explanatory...

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                                    0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Unnecessary change on Hong Kong's name

                                    Hong Kong has been recently changed to "Hong Kong SAR China" in the drop down menu which is unnecessary, confusing, and inconsistent.

                                    Whilst Hong Kong does have what can be best described as a colonial relationship with China, it is for all intents and purposes its own country (hence it's a separate entry in the first place) and in the field of education, it would just be simply confusing to present Hong Kong as a Chinese city.

                                    Hong Kong has a separate education and legal system with its own borders, meaning an academic who wishes to work in or visit…

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                                    • reduce the usage of scripting on your pages. Makes it really hard to use, particularly on mobile.

                                      ORCID needleslly uses a lot of javascript to do, well, not much. HTML and HTML5 work regardless of your browser of choice, and don't make your website look really bad on lots of browsers (particualrly mobile!).

                                      For example as I type this, there are several items of overlapping text, lots of cut-off text, and generally it looks very rough-cut.

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                                        Thank you for contacting ORCID Support.

                                        Could you please let us know which area of the site you are referencing? There are:

                                        It would also be helpful to contact support@orcid.org if you have any loading issues with these pages.

                                        Warm regards,
                                        ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                      • Mark up lists correctly

                                        Please use list markup for lists of names, websites, other IDs, or keywords. This is not only semantically correct, per HTML specifications, but also improves accessibility for people using assistive software to access web pages.

                                        Names would be best shown with each starting a new line (the present method can lead to confusion), but it is possible to style lists of keywords so that they are presented horizontally, with a visual separator such as a mid-dot. For websites and other DS, it is possible to style lists as at present, without bullets.

                                        I'm happy to advise further if required.

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

                                          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                          This iDea is currently marked for consideration by our team. We’ll let you know as it further progresses. Many thanks!

                                          Warm regards,

                                          ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                        • ORCID

                                          It would be great if ORCID had a 'Follow' function, which alerted the follower whenever the ORIC ID holder added a new item (e.g. grant, publication, position) in their profile and this item has been set as publicly visible.

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