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  1. 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

    • 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

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

            • oauth authentication screen: allow Enter key to Authorize

              In the oauth authorization page it would be great if the 'Enter' key allowed to Authorize after inputting email and password.

              Now that we are using ORCID as an authentication method, this would speed up the user login. We have received this complaint in several occasions from our users so it would be a very good addition.

              Thank you in advance.

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

                Thanks for the great suggestion! I’ve added this to our development list for the next couple months. We have a few big items coming out shortly, but once that is once those are done our developers look into allowing the enter key to authorize.

                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

                • double

                  importing from other id's create double entries, for example importing from scoops and researcher ID can create many double entries that are not recognized. please add a function to manually combine them
                  or even better automatically combine them (by the DOI for example)

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

                    Hi,

                    Thanks for this suggestion. We recognize that it can be an issue when works are not grouped together because different identifiers are provided for each work. We’re working with our member organizations to have them provide more identifiers when they send works to us to try and avoid this issue entirely.But we are also planning a tool to allow users to manually combine works and I’ll update this iDea as we make progress on that tool.

                    For now, if both works you have imported include an identifier, you can group them by creating a new work that contains both identifiers. For example, if the work from Scopus just has a EID and the work from RID just has a DOI, creating a new work with both the DOI and EID will group all three works together.

                    Best,
                    -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

                    • 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

                      • 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 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

                          • 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

                            • 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)…

                                  • 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

                                    • 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

                                      • 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

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