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  1. 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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      1 comment  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  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 →
      • better description for scope paramteter

        http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/120107 lists scope and links to a page which doesn't make it clear what valid values are. I spent a day using scope=AUTHENTICATE and getting an unhelpful error messgage. I had to find example code to discover it should be scope=/authenticate and that I'd done everything else right!

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          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hi,

          Sorry you had trouble with using our scopes. I don’t think there’s a way to change the error message as the call fails entirely without a valid scope. But do you have a specific suggestion on how we could change our document to make the scope values more clear? We do list all scopes with the leading slash at http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/120162 and when using them in examples.

          Best,
          -Catalina
          ORCID Support

        • Editing and Saving Entries

          When can we expect the functionality to edit the entries to become available?
          It is very time consuming to manage our information without it.

          I also wonder if it's possible to avoid the pop-up window disappearing (along with all the information on it) when we click just outside it.

          Thanks.
          Joana

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          • Curate github issues for beginning contributors

            I'm running an Open Source Comes to Campus event. The event teaches students about the open source and how to find and contribute to open source projects.

            Part of the event is a collaboration workshop, and I'd like to find some science-related open source projects for students to consider contributing to.

            Here are the suggested guidelines for projects that want to mentor new contributors. http://campus.openhatch.org/projects.html

            Are any ORCID members interested in mentoring at the event and/or preparing some specific tasks for people to work on?

            Tasks do not need to be merely coding. We want to encourage people to contribute…

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              0 comments  ·  Collaboration Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • "Storage of the ORCID iD in a database" section is problematic

              The "http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/116780-structure-of-the-orcid-identifier" page says that ORCIDs "should always be expressed and stored as a URI", but I don't see any good reason for this, and it causes problems when writing API code. The URLs used with the REST API take in the ORCID as a hypenated string (e.g. "0123-4567-8901"), not as a URI. If you're storing ORCIDs in a database as a full URI, that means you have to parse out the ORCID from the URI in order to use the API. Why not just store the hypenated string in the database, and eliminate the URI parsing step?…

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              • Upload through Bibtex/RIS

                I have heard that ORCID will be implementing upload of articles by using for example Bibtex or RIS. Any idea of when this will be available?

                Thanks!

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                  0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Get rid of unsolicited pop-ups on web pages

                  When accessing my ORCID account from an Android tablet with Chrome browser, I was unable to edit the Also Known As information because that whole area of the page was covered by a large orange pop-up that could not be moved or closed. This pop-up does not appear when I access my account from the Chrome browser on my Mac.

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Hi,

                    Thanks for letting us know about this error. We do our best to make the ORCID Registry accessible on all devices, but there are sometimes errors on specific devices and browser combinations that we have not tested. To help our team track down this bug can you let me know exactly what tablet you were using and the version of Chrome you were on.

                    Thanks,
                    -Catalina
                    ORCID Support

                  • 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

                    • escape data on back end, eg. apostrophe in one's name

                      Hello,

                      We are having problem passing data back to our site, because there's an apostrophe in the user's name (D'Ann Finley), this making it think it's end of statement. We are getting the following error:
                      SyntaxError: missing ; before statement
                      ...getElementById('authorFname2').value='D'Ann';window.opener.document.getElementBy…

                      Can you please escape such characters on the back end for any fields? (first name, last name, institution, bio, etc.)

                      Thanks,
                      Lisa

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                        1 comment  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi,

                        I’m not exactly sure how you’re getting this response- can you provide me with more information about what you are trying to do and how you are doing it? In general we recommend calling data with our API and data is all correctly escaped using JSON with the API (see http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/132271-retrieving-data-with-the-public-api).

                        Also it looks like from the line: getElementById(‘authorFname2’).value=’D’Ann’ that you are grabbing “D’Ann” correctly but are failing to correctly escape the value when you generate their webpage on their server.

                        If you can let me know more about what you’re doing I can try and follow up with more information.

                        Best,
                        -Catalina
                        ORCID Support

                      • Main page should inform that Editing will become available in future, but is not yet

                        From previous comments I understand that ORCID is planning to provide an editing possibility.
                        While we are waiting for that, I suggest that you will put some brief notice on the ORCID main page that the editing possibility will be available in future.

                        I used quite a time to figure out how I could edit my references.
                        From this FORUM I finally understood that it is not yet possible.
                        It would have saved my time to see a notice that editing is not yet an option. Thus, such notice would save peoples time.

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                        • Remove duplicate ideas

                          There are multiple ideas on the same topic here, like the merging or removing of duplicte "works" entries. These duplicates of the same idea also get votes and thus split the number of votes in as many duplicates of one idea exist. Duplicates reduce the "real" importance of one idea.

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi,

                            We do our best to keep the ORCID iDea Forum organized and free of duplicates. Sometime similar ideas have a slightly different details so they look like duplicates on first glance, though there are certainly some duplicates that were just missed by our staff. If you can provide me with a list of iDeas that you think are duplicates I’ll be happy to review them and merge the duplicates.

                            Best,
                            -Catalina
                            ORCIC Support

                          • Need way for end user to export users own complete record (xml/yaml/json okay).

                            Need way for end user to export users own complete record (xml/yaml/json okay).

                            This is for archival/backup/data verification/comparision and other purposes.

                            Bonus points for also allowing an edited complete record to be uploaded to replace the current one.

                            Note: This is probably possible from the API, but there should be a visible user driven methos to do this.

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                              1 comment  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi,

                              Thanks for this suggestion. As you mentioned, a user can access their ORCID record via the ORCID API- instructions on how to do that are at http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/132271-retrieving-data-with-the-public-api

                              We like your suggestion of offering a way to run this export in the user interface as well, but we will not be able to work on that right now. Our current priority is getting information into ORCID records and that’s where we’re focusing our development.

                              Best,
                              -Catalina
                              ORCID Support

                            • Allow a sole inventor listed on a patent to chose "inventor" rather than "co-inventor" or "other inventor" which are the only options listed

                              Lots of inventions have a sole inventor. "other inventor" just sounds strange. "co-inventor" is just incorrect.

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                                0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thanks for this suggestion. We agree that our list of roll is incompletely and needs to be changed. We’re in the process of revising it now and the roll field will soon be removed from the interface until we are able to offer a more complete list of rolls.

                                Best,
                                -Catalina
                                ORCID Support

                              • authorship identity in publication

                                Team,
                                ORCID and RESEARCHID

                                Recently, I have published one artilce entitled "Technical report: the trend of author names compound and its Implications for authorship identification identity" with DOI "http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11192-014-1359-7".
                                This article, has been booming in the scientific community to the point that I have received very very good comments and suggestions, such as:

                                1. Congratulations on your article, I think the good point that you argue and stretch, I hope you have success with your proposal!.

                                2. Congratulations, very good to respect the full names and therefore the identity of each individual work.
                                3. Hey Omar, is super…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hi,

                                  Thanks for letting us know about your article. We’re interested in reading it and seeing how you think ORCID can solve the issue of compound names. Could you send us a link where we could access the full text of the article so we can read it and share it?

                                  Thanks,
                                  -Catalina

                                • include patents

                                  like articles, patent descriptions are available in public accessible registers

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                                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Great suggestion, and one we’re hoping to complete in late 2014. In addition to letting users add in patents manually, we’re currently working with patent database providers to create search and link wizards, as is available for works and funding.

                                    Hopefully I’ll be able to update this idea in a few months to let you know when the patents functionality is available.

                                    Best,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID Support

                                  • Incomplete import of records from Scopus and ResearcherID

                                    There are several instances where records are not completely imported into ORCID:

                                    1. Page numbers are sometimes not imported:
                                    • both Scopus and Researcher ID: some journals have article numbers rather than page numbers. These are not imported. Examples are the journals by the American Physical Society.

                                    • Scopus only: page numbers that are preceded by any character other than the numbers 1-9 are not imported, e.g. page numbers starting with a letter.

                                    2. DOI is often not imported into the BibTeX record (both researcherID and Scopus). While the DOI is listed in other parts of the record, the lack…

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                                      1 comment  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hi,

                                      Thanks for sharing your concerns. I believe both of these issue arise from Scopus and ResearcherID as they format the BibTeX that is sent to ORCID. But I want to double check on this, can you point me to an ORCID record that has examples of works the missing information? Once I have that I’ll follow-up with Scopus and ResearcherID to see if the issue is what they are sending or if we’re not handling the BibTeX correctly.

                                      Best,
                                      -Catalina
                                      ORCID Support

                                    • Allow date ranges for (some) works

                                      Some "works" don't have a single publication date, but operate over a period of time. For example, a website which I managed and edited from 2001-2014. Please allow date ranges. including an "-onging" option.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hi Andy,

                                        This is another great suggestion, but after some discussion we can’t find a way to make it work right now. Next time we do a review of the works metadata fields we’ll consider this idea again and see if we can fit it in then.

                                        Best,
                                        -Catalina

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                                          0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Trap ISNI IDs

                                          I have just fixed a couple of cases ([1], [2]; on Wikipedia, but could happen elsewhere) with ISNI's entered as ORCIDs.

                                          If someone visits a URL like [3], which is not a valid ORCID, but refers to a valid ISNI a better error message than the current "There has been a problem with the server" should be displayed. This should refer, and preferably link, to the relevant ISNI page, as well as asking the reader to notify the originating site's owner.

                                          [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Segal&diff=612647240&oldid=609736112

                                          [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Illeana_Douglas&diff=612647598&oldid=611914960

                                          [3] http://orcid.org/0000-0001-2148-7506

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                                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Hi Andy,

                                            Sorry about the delay in replying. Our team has been considering this, and we do like your idea, but we can’t find an easy way to implement it and don’t have the developer time for a new project to address this now. But as this problem becomes more frequent, and as we finish more features and have additional developer time, we’ll look at finding away to identify ISNIs entered as ORCID iDs.

                                            Best,
                                            -Catalina
                                            ORCID Support

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