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  1. Implement W3C's "Proposal for the Improvement of the Semantics of ORCIDs"

    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.

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

    (Idea originally posted on 15.04.2015 and merged by mistake http://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/3426459-make-the-site-validate-correctly-with-w3c)

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      under review  ·  0 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Review of work categories and types

      There have been several ideas related to the current work categories and types on the ORCID record and suggestions for addition and improvement. This thread will combine these ideas together, as well as serving as a place to discuss additional suggested categories or work types.

      By way of background: The current listing of work types (see https://members.orcid.org/api/supported-work-types) is sourced from the CASRAI Output Standards. We would now like to open a discussion about the best approach to adding future work categories and types with the ORCID Community, through our iDeasForum.

      Thank you for your suggestions to improve the ORCID…

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        under review  ·  38 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  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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          2 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

        • ORCiD implement two-factor authentication

          For added security, you could consider implementing two-factor authentication.

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            0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

            Offering two-factor authentication is a feature that we are considering for the coming year. Follow our process at: https://trello.com/c/Qep41Vg5/13

            In the meantime, if you would to use two-factor authentication to sign in, we would suggest linking a support social or institutional account which offers two-factor authentication. You can read more about alternative sign in options at:

            http://orcid.org/blog/2016/05/21/what-was-my-password-again
            http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/892920-different-ways-to-sign-into-orcid

            Warm regards,
            ORCID Community Engagement and Support

          • Use ORCID as basis for permanent researcher email addressing (e.g. for contact email on papers)

            A powerful use of ORCID could be as a persistent researcher email address, that we could use as contact email for our publications. That way other researchers could reach us as we (grad students, profs, corporate researchers) change our affiliations. Format could be <my_orcid>@orcid.org and/or <orcid_alias>@orcid.org. Emails would be re-directed to whatever we have in our records.

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

              Hi,

              Thanks for the suggestion. This is an interesting iDea but not one I’m sure we’ll be able to offer with our current privacy and notification policies. But it’s something we can consider.

              Best,
              -Catalina
              ORCID Support

            • A 'report this' button is implemented to prevent spamming the registry

              I searched the ORCID registry for "school" and lots of spam 'profiles' for driving schools, yoga schools, etc came up in the search results. For example:

              http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7582-2402
              http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9587-8075
              http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6240-8560

              ORCID has a process that runs each week aiming to identify potential suspect records, but it is dependent on keywords. I propose that ORCID implement a 'report this' button and we can crowdsource getting rid of these spam profiles?

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

                Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                We shall put this as a feature under review. Let us know if you have any suggestions for how this may appear on the ORCID record.

                For now, please continue to report any suspect records to support@orcid.org, as well as any suggested keywords to add to our regular spam search.

                Warm regards,
                ORCID Community Engagement and Support

              • unnecessary horizontal scrolling

                Please remove horizontal scrolling. It is quite annoying and does not serve any apparent purpose since the margins are empty anyway. It just makes the website feel a bit wiggly. Here is one example:
                http://orcid.org/blog/2013/08/08/suggested-practices-collection-and-display-orcid-ids-publishing-workflows
                Other ORCID pages lack the wiggliness.
                I understand it might be platform dependent. I use Firefox 47.0 on Mac OS 10.10.5.

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                  1 comment  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • data to grant and award system is broken or fruadulent

                  fix it..you have the same data i do so i shouldnt have to fill out anything else..either you havent caught up or the whole thing is fraud

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                  • Affiliation search - limit to current

                    API search for Affiliation gives result set that includes records where affiliation matches records having a matching affiliation in the past (but current affiliation(s) is not a match).

                    Enhancement request - ability to limit affiliation searches to records that match only most current affiliation(s) in researcher's ORCID record (i.e. exclude records where affiliation match was in the past / or is not current).

                    As suggested from support, one possible way would be to hook into where Affiliation has no ending date or is null on ending date.

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

                      Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry’s API search.

                      We’ll take this suggestion into consideration as we look into further improvements of our affiliations search feature and will update when we have further information.

                      Warm regards,
                      ORCID Community Team

                    • Place more controls on DOI entry and group more DOI variants together

                      Place controls on how DOIs are entered in the manual entry form so that only the DOI (not the link form of the DOI can be entered). Right now people can enter a DOI in the forms "http://dx.doi.org/DOI&quot; or "http://doi.org/DOI&quot; and these will end up in their record and will not be grouped properly with duplicate records from other sources. Another fix would be to treat "http://dx.doi.org/DOI", "https://dx.doi.org/DOI", "https://doi.org/DOI", and "http://doi.org/DOI&quot; as duplicates of DOI for the purposes of grouping.

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

                        Thanks for your suggestion for improving the Registry.

                        Our policy is to not change data that the user or member has added to the Registry. Once thing we can do is set the automatic URL that will be displayed when members or users only add the identifier and not the identifier URL. Earlier this year we updated this so the default is https://doi.org/[DOI] rather than https://dx.doi.org/[DOI]. See: https://trello.com/c/OfYenJ21/3137

                        We’re also preparing a review for identifier validation and case sensitivity. (See also: https://support.orcid.org/forums/175591/suggestions/16897273 ) We’ll take this into consideration as we approach this with respect to DOIs and other identifiers.

                        We’ll update this post when we have more information to share. Thanks again for your suggestion!

                        Warm regards,
                        ORCID Community Team

                      • Adding "affiliation" as general term

                        We are considering adding "affiliation" as a general term to describe the relationship between an organization and an individual and would welcome your feedback on this suggestion. In the longer term this could be the top level of a hierarchy to describe an individual's relationship with an organization (affiliation = education, employment, membership (?), other?). This would allow us to group all places together in the same way as "works" is already used as a single category.

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                        • 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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                            2 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks again for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                            We’re looking into this issue and would like to raise a question for your consideration. What do you think should be done in instances of open end dates? For example, an employment may be on an open-ended contract — should this be understood to be active and therefore floated to the top of the list?

                            Many thanks for your interest.

                            Warm regards,
                            ORCID Community Team

                          • 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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                              4 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thank you for your suggestion on improving the ORCID Registry.

                              We have an update (March 2017) that the current version of the API search in 2.0 includes searching works by identifiers and title: https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial/search-orcid-registry

                              (All identifiers can be used. The current list is at https://pub.orcid.org/v2.0/identifiers/ )

                              We’ve also added suggestions for increasing the searchable works metadata to things to consider for future development. These would generally be understood to be the supported fields supported in ORCID (see our Works XSD: https://github.com/ORCID/ORCID-Source/blob/master/orcid-model/src/main/resources/record_2.0/work-2.0.xsd ).

                              Note that author would generally not be one considered as we do not have an author field. We do support the addition of contributors, but do not have clear guidance on the at present— we expect this to come out of our discussions related to Project credit, etc. — see our User/Member Interface Improvements goal for 2017: https://trello.com/c/mBcwieED/10

                              Warm regards,
                              ORCID Community Team

                            • make the site validate correctly with W3C

                              ORCID pages do not seem to be valid HTML5 according to
                              http://validator.w3.org

                              E.g. mine reports many errors, mostly unescaped & symbols and img tags without alt text, which should both be fairly easy to fix, http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Forcid.org%2F0000-0002-7676-7860

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                                8 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Great suggestion. This is on our list of things to do, it just doesn’t have a high priority. I’ve listed the idea as under review as we will need to have staff look into it further before we make any changes.

                                Best,
                                -Catalina
                                ORCID Support

                              • Roles in the "add manually" section

                                Can you include "Acknowledged" or "Contributor" to the roles dropdown so you can claim papers you helped with, but didn't qualify for authorship

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

                                  We’ve combined a couple suggestions about researcher roles into this idea where we can keep you updated with progress. ORCID is planning to review the role options that we capture and how those roles are displayed shortly. We will be including all the ideas proposed in the forum in that review and will provide an update once that review is done. If you have any more suggestions for roles please leave them as a comment on this idea.

                                  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

                                  • Add Digital Certificates

                                    Either create a digital certificate associated with the ID, or allow user to identify an existing certificate to associate with the ID. DigiCert and InCommon are examples of certificate sources, but others are possible.

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

                                      Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                      We will be forming a working group shortly to look at what other items researchers should be able to add to their ORCID record, including digital certificates and we will keep you updated.

                                      In the meantime, please suggest the types of certificates you’d like to be able to associate with your ORCID record and why this would be valuable.

                                      We also suggest looking at a post shared in the comments:
                                      http://pigsonthewing.org.uk/public-key-in-orcid-profile/

                                      Warm regards,
                                      ORCID Community Team

                                    • 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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                                        11 comments  ·  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?

                                      • Including ORCID in metadata markup for web pages

                                        Hello;

                                        I have spent some time recently looking at adding metadata to my publication pages on my webpage that facilitate sharing on linkedin, google+, facebook, and twitter and that also provide extra information to google scholar and altmetrics.com. Altmetrics checks mendeley.com and mendeley.com lists my ORCID.

                                        Further integration could be useful in 2 ways:
                                        1) allowing for inclusion of ORCID for each author in markup for Google Scholar (google scholar supports Highwire Press markup of the form citiation_author, citation_title, etc.) -- an additional markup tag such as citation_ORCID (for example) could help to provide ORCID information to google scholar.
                                        2)…

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

                                          Dear Daryl,

                                          Thank you for the suggestion.

                                          We’ll be looking into this and will update with more information as we come to a decision.

                                          Best regards,
                                          ORCID Community Team

                                        • the separators for the ORCID be figure dashes

                                          A figure dash is the same width as a digit and makes numbers separated by dashes easier to read. A figure dash is &#8210; in HTML. In practice most other people will use hyphens and search engines should match either.

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