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  1. develop more sophisticated workflows to reduce the chance of duplicate ORCIDs

    ORCiD should provide the domain names of all known email addresses during “Record Creation with API”, to reduce duplicate ORCiDs.

    for e.g:- I am “Tom Smith” working with AAF and creating a new record. Once I go through the registration process I would see
    ORCID iD Email First Name(s) Last name Institution
    0000-0001-0152-676x ****@qut.edu.au Tom Smith
    0000-0001-0182-8781 ****@latrobe.edu.au Tom Smith
    0000-0003-1552-634x ****@csiro.au Tom Smith
    This would at least allow me as a researcher to recognise the domains and decide if there is a record already belonging to me. As none of the domains are familiar to me, I would click…

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      under review  ·  0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Could you try to add Bluebook citation format as an option for works?

      Bluebook is not offered as an option for citation format but it is common among legal scholars.

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

        The previous response did not address this suggestion, so we will re-open it.

        We have added Bluebook citation formats to our list of improvements to consider in the future for the ORCID Registry.

        At present, you can use “unspecified” for bluebook citations.

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Engagement and Support

        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. As the CASRAI vocabulary is updated, we will also update the work-type options in ORCID.

        Best,
        -Shaun
        ORCID Support

      • improve the ORCID Statistics site

        The ORCID Statistics page needs immediate attention. ORCID should be able to provide the numbers by category (funder, publisher, research institution, academy, society, etc.), by region and country at any time. With a number as small as less than 4 or 5 hundred it is not a difficult task at all.

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

          Thanks for your suggestion to improve ORCID. We’ve included this feature as one to be considered in the future and will update this thread accordingly when a decision has been made.

          Warm regards,
          ORCID Community Engagement and Support

        • Show the list of works split in several screens/pages

          I have 906 works and counting, and it is somewhat taxing on my computer (and probably your server) memory to have them all in a single screen. Would be nice to split it in several screens or pages.

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

            Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

            We have included this idea on our list to consider in the near future. We shall update this thread once a decision has been made, or when we have started on the project.

            Warm regards,
            ORCID Community Engagement and Support

          • .dev domain for redirect url

            We need to use domain.dev for development on local environment. Otherwise we have to add 127.0.0.1 domain.com to hosts file for development. But .dev domains could not pass the url validator.

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

              Thanks for your suggestion to improve ORCID.

              We’ve added this to the list of new features to be considered in the near future and shall update this thread accordingly when a decision is made.

              Warm regards,
              ORCID Community Engagement and 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

              • 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 →

                  Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                  This iDea is currently marked for consideration by our team. We’ll let you know as it further progresses. Many thanks!

                  Warm regards,

                  ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                • Mark up lists of works with metadata

                  Lists of works should be marked up with metadata; unAPI, ideally, COinS at a minimum.

                  This will be more easily done if the "<a href="http://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/3266048-metadata-for-publications-should-be-entered-using-">Metadata for publications should be entered using a form _not_ free text</a>" ticket is implemented.

                  See <a href="http://forums.zotero.org/discussion/27247/orcid-profiles/#Comment_143596">prior discussion at the Zotero forums</a>

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

                    Great suggestion and thanks for the link to the discussion on Zotero. We’re going to have a working group take up this issue soon, and I’ll follow up with this idea once they decide on works metadata.

                    -Catalina
                    ORCID Support

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

                        Hi,

                        Thanks for this suggestion. We’re looking at adding contributor fields for both works and funding items in the ORCID record soon. We’re working with CReDit to use their taxonomy for roles and will be reviewing what contributor roles should be added from their list shortly.

                        Best,
                        -Catalina
                        ORCID Support

                      • Make organisations clickable

                        Why can't I click on "Robert Gordon University" in a profile like http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0570-7086 to see, which researchers in a certain organisation are registered in ORCID? That would be really useful for discovery purposes.

                        Please put links behind the organisation's names! URIs for each institution would be helpful here, I guess.

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

                          Hi,

                          Thanks for the suggestion. We’re currently working on a way to make affiliation information searchable. After that we can think about trying to link it, though it may be a large project as one institution often has different names, or user entered a sub-organization which has a different name. But we will look into this after more pressing functionality is complete.

                          Best,
                          -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

                          • Provide exact matching for the search API

                            In case completed issues do not get any attention from ORCID, I would like to draw attention to the "completed" issue http://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/3656307-the-search-api-uses-partial-matching-for-fielded-s

                            As explained in that thread, API searches should provide _exact_ matching for certain fields, like identifiers.

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

                              We can review this decision. But can you provide us with more information, such as why you can’t wrap your query in quotes as described in the iDea you linked to.

                              Thanks,
                              -Catalina

                            • Genealogy

                              Please include entries for PhD advisers.

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                                2 comments  ·  * Biographical Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hi,

                                Thanks for your suggestion. I’m interested to hear more about how we could best capture the work done by PhD advisers. Do you see it best captured as having the thesis listed on your record with a role set to “Adviser”? Or would you suggest a new category of “service” items that might include serving as an adviser? Or do you have another suggestion? We’d like to get your input in the comments to think about the best way we might complete your suggestion.

                                Thanks,
                                -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

                                • Encourage users to link ORCIDs at the institution's website when adding an affiliation

                                  When a user adds an affiliation for an institutional partner (which can be determined through a mapping between ringgold IDs and institutional client ORCIDs), a user should be encouraged to visit their institution's website to grant access to their account to their insitution (and so inform the instituion of their ORCID).

                                  This would require institutional partners to provide a URL to be shown to the user for this purpose.

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

                                    This is a great suggestion. As we start to develop more with the affiliations we can see how this could fit into the ORCID workflow. We already have a lot on our development plan for the near future (funding, a messaging system, more translations) so we won’t be able to fit this in soon, and we’ll need to think about exactly how it would work. But this is definitely an idea we’ll consider.

                                    Best,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID Support

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

                                      Thanks for the suggestion. We do think this is a good idea, however it’s somewhat complicate for us to add an additional cookie to our cookie policy which is needed to offer this option. I’m making this idea as under reivew while we consider this. In the meantime you may want to look into using a browser that will automatically remember your username.

                                      Best,
                                      -Catalina
                                      ORCID Support

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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

                                      • 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)…

                                        • 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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