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  1. Add PI field to the funding descriptions

    It is important to know who the principal investigator of a grant is, even if other contributors to that grant include it in their ORCID iD.

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      1 comment  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • to handle accented characters as they used to be handled

      We think of making all co-workers of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary) have an Orcid ID. This would be great, but we have a problem. Most names in Hungary have accents (like meny names in French, German, Polish...). E.g. I am registered as István Kollár: 0000-0002-4807-0476
      In most systems, a search with unaccented characters (Istvan Kollar) returns all hit with or without accents. However, when I search for Kollar, I have no hits, even with "Also search other names" on (I do have added all these name versions). I can find my name with "Kollár" only. But…

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        4 comments  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hi,

        Thanks for reminding us about this bug. We’re actually in the process of switching how we do search (we’re moving from Solr to Elastic search). Once we’ve completed that update, which is scheduled for this summer, we’ll look at adjusting our search to work the way you very nicely described.

        Thanks,
        -Catalina
        ORCID Support

      • 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

          • to offer ORCID in Catalan

            Currently, ORCID website can be selected amongst 10 languages. Since Catalan Universities are using ORCID, and catalan language has been pioneer in wikipedia and other international platforms, I would like ORCID to offer Catalan as an option.

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              0 comments  ·  Collaboration Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hi,

              Thanks for the suggestion. Because of the time and expense involved with translating and supporting each language, ORCID has not been able to offer support for ever language we would want.

              However, if you’d like to see the ORCID website in Catalan you can help us make that happen. To add Catalan to the languages ORCID offers we need you to translate the Registry and some pages of the ORCID about site into Catalan and provide support for the translations over at least one year (ie you will need to contribute additional translations in the next year if we add new functionality). If this is something you would be interested in doing, let us know at support@orcid.org and we’ll send you the files that would need to be translated.

              Best,
              -Catalina
              ORCID Support

            • One Password to Rule Them All!

              ORCID should work with publishers to allow users to login to manuscript systems either:

              1) with their ORCID credentials on the publishers website
              or
              2) to the publishers website through ORCID.

              This will greatly improve the ORCID user experience and functionality/utility of the system.

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

                Hi,

                The first part of your suggestion is already in place, and we’re working on the second part now.

                Currently publishers can choose to let users sign in using their ORCID credentials. Landes Bioscience and APA are examples of two publishers currently using this option.

                For signing into ORCID, we don’t have a way for the user to sign into ORCID with credentials issued by a publisher. But we will be adding functionality to use the credentials issued by institutions as the ORCID sign in. You can read more about or plans for this and track our progress at https://trello.com/c/29qm05V6/23-in-progress-login-via-federated-edugain

                Best,
                -Catalina
                ORCID Support

              • 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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                  2 comments  ·  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

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

                        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…

                      • 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

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

                            Hi,

                            Sorry you had trouble using our menus. We are planning a redesign of how the menus look (and how we have information organized) so this problem should be addressed later in 2015.

                            Best,
                            -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

                            • 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

                              • 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 →
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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

                                  • 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

                                    • 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

                                      • 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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                                          5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hi,

                                          I wanted to let you know we’re still working on this issue but we need your help. If you’ve worked with BibTeX before, you’ll know that getting all of the encoding formats right is no easy task. We’ve already added a number of encoding formats for special characters (like u{a}, u{o} and \’e) in the BibTeX parser we use, but there are still several that have alluded us so far. We’d love your help to find all of those pesky encoding options for special characters. 

                                          How to contribute: Please add encoding options for special characters directly at https://github.com/ORCID/bibtexParseJs.

                                          Don’t code? You can still help! Send us a list of special character encoding at support@orcid.org.


                                          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…

                                        • 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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                                            1 comment  ·  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

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