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  1. 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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      1 comment  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  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 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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          1 comment  ·  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?

        • 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 →
          • Reduce page reloads for version edits

            Currently editing record data is a pretty tedious task, because each single edit reloads the whole recordset. Even if an editing is canceled, the page will reloaded anyway.

            I guess the point of the reloading is to make sure new/edited identifiers are merged. Probably this could be done in a more dynamic way with Javascript?

            Or how about one of these:

            - Don't reload if no identifier was added/changed
            - Just make the user aware that mergings will only be executed on a page reload (like with a popup/floating message á la "Press to load updated record view")

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              0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • buidling blox of ORCID information can be used by the researchers to create customized cvs

                If researchers would be able to simply 'drag and drop' ORCID building blocks from their cv to other cv documents (word/pdf/...) I can imagine it will be more actively used. This would allow researchers to keep only 1 cv up to date (the ORCID one) and build cv's in a format requested by funders/award or charity companies in no time. I'm pretty convinced I can implement ORCID in our institute if cv drag and drop would become an option

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                • 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 →
                  • 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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                      0 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

                    • Books with ISBNs should merge, regardless of hyphens or 10/13 digits

                      Books with the work identifier ISBN do not merge, if ISBNs are formally different. Formally different could mean hyphens or not, and 10 digits or 13.

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                        0 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Improve search, regarding double letters

                        One of the commonest spellings of names which contain double letters, such as my surname, Mabbett, is to omit one if the letters.

                        Search for neither "Andy Mabbet" nor "Andy Mabett" finds my ORCID record.

                        The search algorithm should handle such cases.

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                          2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID registry.

                          We have submitted this iDea — improving fuzzier searches — for consideration in our next round of projects and will update you when we have further information on it going forward.

                          Warm regards,
                          ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                        • Add 'software' and 'visualisations' (or 'visualizations') to the supported work types, in the Other work category

                          Articulating 'software' and 'visualisations' (or 'visualizations') enables an unambiguous statement of type, rather than relying on the catch-all of 'other'. It broadens the type of contributor likely to be attracted to ORCiD as an identifier, and improves the breadth of research outputs identified

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                            2 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                            • search other fields

                              It would be helpful if you could search using other fields, for example, searching by funding agency... I mean, what is the point of having all this data about researchers if you can't actually use the data to find researchers?

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                              • Use a font that makes "1" (numeral) distinguishable from "I" (uppercase "i") and "l" (lowercase "L")

                                The ORCID.org body text font does not distinguish among some common characters ("1", "I", "l"), likely to lead to confusion. For example, when I review my account settings / alternative sign-in accounts, my email address looks incorrect because the number "1" appears in that address - but looks like a letter.

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

                                  Hello,

                                  Thank you for your suggestion on improving the ORCID registry.

                                  At present we are working to move the registry to an open-source font, Google’s Noto Sans. You can follow our progress on this on our Trello board, as well as some sample images of the font in use: https://trello.com/c/KSKEdJDx/2887

                                  Specifically refer to signin-noto.png, which includes learn examples of the different appearance of 1, I (uppercase i), and l (lowercase L).

                                  Please let us know if you have any additional suggestions.

                                  Warm regards,
                                  ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                • Taiwan is not a country !

                                  Maybe they can be treated like Hongkong

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

                                    Thank you for your suggestion for improving the ORCID registry.

                                    The items in the Country list are sourced form the ISO country list of internationally-recognized codes that designates for each country and most of the dependent areas. Suggestions for concise alternate wordings that are widely accepted for this designation are always welcome from the ORCID community.

                                  • Present HANDLE as links in the user interface

                                    Currently work identifiers, like DOIs, arXivIDs, PubMed IDs and PMC IDs, are all treated as links in the user interface, but handles are not linked. This means that we feel it necessary to upload the handle both as a work identifier and as a URL, which is unnecessary duplication of information. Can you please have the Handle work identifier presented as a link?

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                                    • Create a visual flow sheet for ORCID and what sites/account it connects to

                                      When I started research I signed up for an annoying number of aggregating/indexing sites, most of which connect to ORCID (researcherID, Scopus, uberwizard). But some of which don't, or have limited functionality with ORCID (NCBI, Google Scholar) or are considered social networking sites for adults (LinkedIN and ResearchGate). I couldn't keep them all straight, so I created a flow sheet for their interconnectedness. I would love to see an official flow sheet from you guys, even including sites that you DON'T currently connect to so that people don't spend 30 minutes trying to figure out how to link the two.…

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                                      • Would like to see Public/Private listed on Search Results

                                        I would like a search on https://orcid.org/orcid-search/quick-search/?searchQuery=antony%20williams, as an example, to show hn additional column of Public YES/NO. When there are multiple names that are the same it would save having to open each one one at a time to check on available information

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

                                          Hello,

                                          Thank you for your suggestion.

                                          Could you please give further information as to what you mean by this? Data which is set to private will not appear in a search.

                                          Warm regards,
                                          ORCID Support

                                        • Offer direct support for JSON Web Tokens (JWT) external-identifier-types

                                          JSON Web Tokens are a useful structure for holding a set of related metadata. The default presentation of a JWT, however, is long and only has 2 natural breaks. Add JWT as an external-identifier-type and display its content on the web pages or restrict how many characters of the full token are display.

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

                                            Hello,

                                            Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID registry.

                                            Identifiers found in external-identifier-type reflect identifiers actively used by other systems that are interacting with the registry and are added upon consultation of the ORCID community. Do you know of current ORCID integrators which exchange JSON Web Tokens in their works data?

                                            Thank you.

                                            Warm regards,
                                            ORCID Community Engagement and Support

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