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  1. Assign ORCIDs to sets of co-authors

    I work with an institutional repository now depositing a paper with more than 300 co-authors. We're also talking about what we'd do with the paper reported in Nature News with more than 5,000 co-authors.
    http://www.nature.com/news/physics-paper-sets-record-with-more-than-5-000-authors-1.17567

    Here's a thought. Imagine that ORCID allowed a researcher to create a set of co-authors for a given paper by clicking ORCID checkboxes, roughly as Gmail users can create an email list by clicking individual Gmail contacts. The resulting set of authors would have a single ORCID. It might be used only once, or it might be used many times, depending upon how many times…

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      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • provide a page listing third-party tools

      Please provide an easily-findable page on the ORCID website, listing third-party tools which may be of use to the ORCID community (including people with ORCID iDs, member organisations, data re-users, etc.).

      This would list, for example:

      The Wordpress plugin - http://pigsonthewing.org.uk/orcid-plugin-for-wordpress/

      The Altmetric bookmarklet - http://www.atlas.jp/a4id/

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        0 comments  ·  Collaboration Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Implement W3C's "Proposal for the Improvement of the Semantics of ORCIDs"

        My friend Phil Archer, of the W3C, has written a paper [1] recommending some simple changes to ORCID's linked data, to make it more easily usable and to add semantic richness.

        I strongly commend his suggestions.

        [1] http://www.w3.org/2015/03/orcid-semantics

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          0 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hi Andy,

          Great suggestion. We’re aware of the paper and are currently reviewing it. We’re concerned with how we can roll out the changes suggested without affecting API users. We do want to improve the ORCID API but we want to make sure any changes we implement will not break current integrations.

          Best,
          -Catalina
          ORCID Support

        • Redesining Website Menu

          I am very new to your service, just as I was going to read the "What is Orcid?" in the About Menu, I had a hard time to click on it, it is very evading as the mouse moves

          You can test it yourself, accessing the sub-menus is hard

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            • Amend funding role categories

              In my field the usual categories for roles in awards are: lead-applicant, co-applicant and collaborator. By far the most common is co-applicant for which there is no appropriate category at the moment

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              • Allow linking to NCBI bibliogrpahy!!!!

                Allow linking to NCBI bibliogrpahy - this is what peopel with NIH biosketches keep current.

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                  0 comments  ·  * Biographical Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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 →
                  • 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 →
                    • Keep Institution Orcid profiles distinct from Author Orcid profiles

                      I've come across several profiles that were created by Institutions, e.g. by a university library or department, rather than by authors. These institutional profiles pull in articles written by various authors (ones belonging to that institution). Clearly this is a different use of Orcid and should be kept distinct from Author Orcid profiles.

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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi,

                        Thanks for letting us know about this issue. ORCID record are intended only for individuals, institutions should not be creating ORCID iDs. If you can let me know any more records you find that were created by institutions I’ll follow up with them to close those ORCID records.

                        Thanks,
                        -Catalina
                        ORCID Support

                      • 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 our 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

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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

                          • Change the text displayed for Private or Limited Access profiles

                            I'm helping a researcher set up his ORCID record. He has chosen the Limited Access privacy option.

                            The text that displays in his public profile is:
                            "No information added yet."

                            My suggestion is to change this wording to reflect the privacy settings selected by the profile owner. In this case, the information is added but is not publicly viewable. It would be more helpful to have a message such as:
                            "This profile is private." OR
                            "This is a Limited Access profile."

                            Thanks for considering this suggestion.

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                              0 comments  ·  Managing Privacy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi,

                              Thanks for the suggestion. This is neat idea and something we’ll look into doing in the near future. I’ve added it to our list of projects to get to when our development team has time.

                              Thanks,
                              -Catalina
                              ORCID Support

                            • Correctly parse escaped characters from on import from crossref

                              Import from CrossRef appears not to leave some characters "escaped" when it should resolve these.

                              Example, in user 0000-0002-9708-1075 one publication is shown as:

                              On Theorem 10 in “On Polar Polytopes and the Recovery of Sparse Representations”

                              when the version imported from ResearcherID is correct as

                              On Theorem 10 in "On Polar Polytopes and the Recovery of Sparse Representations"

                              Also later see:

                              Learning overcomplete dictionaries with &#x2113;<inf>0</inf>-sparse Non-negative Matrix Factorisation

                              This should be a mathematical "ell subscript zero".

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

                                • Make bibtex import work better. I imported hundreds of articles. I then edited about ten of them. Logged out. Only 5 articles kept:( ANGRY

                                  Make bibtex import work better.
                                  Don't piss away hard work done by a user. Where did my work go?
                                  I imported hundreds of articles. I then edited about ten of them. Logged out. Only 5 articles kept:( ANGRY FACE! A lot of my edits were ones that could be automated (e.g. ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 not recognised as meaning "ISBN"!) But the most angry-making thing is that a load of my editing work just vanished with no warning. It is really rude of you to waste a user's time like that.

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                                    Hi,

                                    I’m so sorry you ran into this error. After clicking save on a work it should not be deleted from your record, that is clearly a bug with our system. If you let me know your ORCID iD I can take a look at you record and see if we can determine what happened.

                                    In addition, we can certainly look at having more fields automatically map. If you can provide us a list of suggestions on BibTeX fields and what they should map to in an ORCID record we can add them to our importer. As BibTeX offers so many fields, not all were included when we initially set up the importer.

                                    Also, if you’re adding hundreds of articles to your ORCID record you may want to look at using one of our import tools at http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/188278-import-works-website-user. We offer a BibTeX import tool as it was requested by…

                                  • 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

                                    • 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

                                      • For publication type, you should really add "Review"

                                        For publication type, you should really add "Review"

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                                          0 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          The list of work types offered in ORCID is from the CASRAI Output Standards, which you can find out more about at http://dictionary.casrai.org/research-personnel-profile/contributions/outputs. Rather than trying to maintain an inclusive list of work-types, ORCID has decided to use this vocabulary so we can focus on our main goal of providing unique identifiers.

                                          However, we’re currently working on adding a new section to ORCID records to record peer review activity. We’re working with organizations like PRE on how to structure this section and plan to launch a tool within the year. I’ll update this iDea, when the Peer Review section becomes available.

                                          Best,
                                          -Catalina
                                          ORCID Support

                                        • Don't merge works with same ISBNs, they are not a unique work identifier

                                          ORCID now appears to merge publications with same ISBN.

                                          But this means that it will merge any works that appear in the same conference proceedings with the same ISBN.

                                          ISBN is only a unique identifier for whole books, not for papers within a conference proceedings where the proceedings itself has the ISBN.

                                          Please change this action so that it does not incorrectly rely on the ISBN alone to merge works.

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

                                            Hi,

                                            With the next update of the ORCID Schema we’re planning to add an option to list if an identifier applies to the work itself or if the identifier is for a larger collection the work is part of. This option will allow ISBNs to be listed as belonging to the work itself (like in the case of a book) in which case the ISBN should be used to group items. Or if the ISBN is listed as belonging to another collection the work is part of, then it will not be used for grouping. We plan to have this functionality in place this summer.

                                            Best,
                                            -Catalina
                                            ORCID Support

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