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  1. Curate github issues for beginning contributors

    I'm running an Open Source Comes to Campus event. The event teaches students about the open source and how to find and contribute to open source projects.

    Part of the event is a collaboration workshop, and I'd like to find some science-related open source projects for students to consider contributing to.

    Here are the suggested guidelines for projects that want to mentor new contributors. http://campus.openhatch.org/projects.html

    Are any ORCID members interested in mentoring at the event and/or preparing some specific tasks for people to work on?

    Tasks do not need to be merely coding. We want to encourage people to contribute…

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

      Thanks for being your project to our attention. ORCID already covers much of requested information at our github repo: https://github.com/ORCID/ORCID-Source . However our project is quite complex for beginners. We do however interact with many organizations that have issues the might be a great match for Open Source Comes to Campus event and we will be more they happy to spread the word.

      Best,
      -Catalina
      ORCID Support

    • Main page should inform that Editing will become available in future, but is not yet

      From previous comments I understand that ORCID is planning to provide an editing possibility.
      While we are waiting for that, I suggest that you will put some brief notice on the ORCID main page that the editing possibility will be available in future.

      I used quite a time to figure out how I could edit my references.
      From this FORUM I finally understood that it is not yet possible.
      It would have saved my time to see a notice that editing is not yet an option. Thus, such notice would save peoples time.

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      • provide the expansion of acronym ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) - use ABBR

        Further to the closed ticket at [1], please use the HTML "abbr" element with title="Open Research Contributor ID", at least once on each page (perhaps in the banner). You can style this such that no visual change is made.

        [1] http://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/4323532-provide-the-expansion-of-acronym-orcid-open-resea

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

          While the name ORCID was derived from an acronym, it has not been used as an acronym for quite some time. The name ORCID is a registered trademark referring to the organization that supplies ORCID iDs (the unique person identifiers) and provides the ORCID Registry (the database of ORCID iDs and related information in each ORCID Record.) We have found that adding reference to the no-longer-used acronym causes confusion between the organization ORCID and the identifier ORCID iD.

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            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hi,

            We have the registration form for ORCID, the only required fields, down to just 4 fields: First name, Last name, email address and password. We can’t make is much shorter than that. The other sections of the ORCID record are all optional and can be skipped if you don’t want to complete them.

            Best,
            -Catalina
            ORCID Support

          • mening

            In the list of registered ORCIDs, the last column of the excel says COUNT_EIDS. Whats does EIDS stand for? Thank you

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

              As it’s been a few months and I haven’t heard back I’m going to close this iDea. if you are still having issues please contact ORCID Support at support@orcid.org
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              Hi,

              Can you let me know where you are seeing COUNT_EIDS? We don’t use that term in the ORCID Registry and we also don’t provide ORCID iDs in Excel format. You may be confusing ORCID with Scopus as Scopus and other Elsevier products use EIDs as a unique identifier.

              Best,
              -Catalina
              ORCID Support

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                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hi,

                While we don’t have a way for you to paste in unformatted citations, there are a number of tools which will let you automatically added works to your record without needing to type them manually. If you click the Link works button on your ORCID record, you’ll see a selection of databases which you can import your works from. More information on this feature is at http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/188278

                Best,
                -Catalina
                ORCID Support

              • provide citation counts from "third parties", e.g. Scopus, Web of Knowledge, Google

                In short: publication record without citation information is not relevant nowadays. Because there are now at least 3 relevant sources of citations for scholarly papers, it would be good to link the orcid profile with these citation count engines.

                The three engines giving reliable citation info are :

                * the "official" one: Web of Knowledge. It is 'official' because all journals have/try to have an Impact Factor, and also try to be indexed in Thomson Reuters' database.
                * Scopus/Sciverse (of course)
                * Google (from Google Scholar).

                These citation information could be "imported" from these third parties.

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

                  Philippe,

                  Thank you for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry. I agree that improving citation counts and other measures of research impact are important and can be improved by use of the ORCID registry. However, usage stats are not in scope for ORCID.Instead, we encourage third parties to use ORCID data to derive usage statistics.

                  In fact, algorithms for measuring usage are being implemented by a number of organizations, several of which are benefiting from ORCID data. Some examples of integrations that will, over time as ORCID is adopted, improve search engine accuracy and also calculation of article-level metrics:

                  Thomson Reuters has already contacted publishers about submitting ORCID iDs with their articles, and has also been working on integrating their Researcher ID with ORCID iDs. The latter will be fully rolled out in January 2013.

                  Scopus has integrated with ORCID and allows researchers to review and validate…

                • Add detailed contact information (title, affiliation, address, phone number, ...)

                  I would like to add my professional contact information on my profile.
                  As QR codes have possible to generate leading to my ORCID page, I would like to use it on my business cards. But it is still missing the basic informations above.
                  As more information is available, it should be available to customize the QR codes with more information.

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

                    Hi,

                    Thanks for the suggestion, however ORCID isn’t the right system to collect that information. ORCID records are specifically designed not to collection personally identifiable information (other than email address). The information on an ORCID record is about the career and research of an individual; ORCID is about linking the researcher to their research-outputs, not providing personal details. Other services that offer profiles for researchers would be a better service for recording someone’s gender.

                    That being said, the biography field is free text and some researchers use that to record additional information such as their phone number and address.

                    Best,
                    -Catalina
                    ORCID Support

                  • remove the "-" from the display of IDs to make displayed ORCID a subset of ISNI.

                    https://orcid.org/blog/2013/04/22/orcid-and-isni-issue-joint-statement-interoperation-april-2013

                    "The ORCID iD is compatible in format with the ISNI ISO Standard (ISO 27729)." - compatible? What does that mean?

                    http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/116780-structure-of-the-orcid-identifier
                    "The ORCID iD is a URI with a 16-digit number that is compatible with the ISO Standard (ISO 27729)"

                    But then you email me

                    "Your sixteen digit ORCID identifier is 0000-0002-5945-7502"

                    0000-0002-5945-7502 is not sixteen digit.

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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hi,

                      Sorry for our delay in replying. ORCID’s relationship with ISNI is explained more fully at http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/115265-what-is-the-relationship-between-isni-and-orcid. ORCID iDs have the same format at ISNIs and come from a block of numbers ISNI has reserved to ensure there is no overlap, but ORCID is not a subset of ISNI.

                      Your ORCID iD is sixteen digits. The hyphens are include for readability, but your ORCID iD will resolve without them ( with the URL orcid.org/0000000259457502). Clients shouldn’t have an issue with the hyphens as they are standard characters to include in URLs, and they can always be escaped if there is an issue.

                      Best,
                      -Catalina
                      ORCID Support

                    • Make it impossible to assign more than one ORCID to publication per author listed

                      It seems that currently, more than one ORCID can be assigned to a given publication for the same author name. An example from the documentation http://pub.orcid.org/v1.1/search/orcid-bio/?q=digital-object-ids:%2210.1087/20120404%22 This record lists two different ORCIDs for "Paglione, Laura" Which one should be used?

                      It's thus conceivable that a user who forgets that they have already created an ORCID account, could create another one and assign themselves to the same paper. It's also conceivable that someone could claim a publication as their own when this is not the case.

                      Therefore, when an author from the list of authors has already been assigned an ORCID,…

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

                        Thanks for your question. To better answer your question, it may be helpful to understand how information gets attached to an ORCID Record. Each link between an ORCID iD and an item (such as one represented by a DOI) is stored separately in the ORCID Registry, and is explicitly put there by the iD holder. When doing a search on something like a DOI, you will see each of the ORCID Records that have this DOI included in it. For example, for the DOI you searched (dx.doi.org/10.1087/20120404) 5 search results are found:
                        http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3188-6273 (Laura Paglione)
                        http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2123-6317 (Howard Ratner)
                        http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5993-8592 (Ed Pentz)
                        http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5109-3700 (Laurel Haak)
                        http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1419-2405 (Martin Fenner)

                        This means that these five individuals explicitly put this DOI onto their records, and assuming that none of them has done so in error, you would consider these individuals to be contributors to this article. Note…

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

                          As it’s been a few months and I haven’t heard back I’m going to close this iDea. if you are still having issues please contact ORCID Support at support@orcid.org

                          Hi,

                          Can you provide me with more information about how you think ORCID could improve our system search? We’d be interested in hearing your suggestions, but I’ll need more specific ideas before we can act on this.

                          Thanks,
                          -Catalina
                          ORCID Support

                        • Add a "Presentations" category under Conferences

                          Under the "Conferences" pull-down, it would be very helpful to have a "Presentations" choice. Many, many conference presentations are never published in a journal or proceedings.

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

                            Best,
                            -Catalina
                            ORCID Support

                          • Show details

                            I don't understand why we have to click "show details" to get basic information as authors, volume, number and page. I have similar article and it's difficult to differentiate them quickly and easily.

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

                              Hi,

                              The ORCID system was designed to not show all the information about articles by default as some researcher have works with a lot of information, such as papers with hundreds of co-authors. Loading all this information at once slows down the system and makes it harder for those individuals to navigate through their record.

                              Best,
                              -Catalina
                              ORCID Support

                            • Modify the method for eliminating duplicate records

                              My experience is that SCOPUS is an unreliable "collector" for ORCiD: it missed some 20 or so of my publications, with no apparent pattern. Therefore I uploaded a complete bibtex file. The result was that there were many duplicates, which I proceeded to eliminate. The way ORCiD is set up at the moment makes this a very slow process: one can't simply check all articles to be deleted, then hit "Do it!" Instead, it's a one-by-one process and after each elimination there's a wait until ORCiD staggers back to its feet, following which one must navigate down to the next…

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                                1 comment  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hi,

                                Sorry you had such a frustrating experience adding works to your ORCID record. Duplicates are handled by the ORCID system based on identifiers, like DOIs and ISBNs, if either the Scopus import or your BibTeX file did not include identifiers (or used different identifiers) there was no way for our system to identify the works as duplicates. More about how duplicates work is at http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/462032

                                For the BibTeX file, I am surprised to hear that you needed to modify it to add a comma on the last line as that should not be required and we’ve successfully loaded other files without that. If you can send us a copy of the files that did and didn’t load to support@oricd.org we can take a look and see if we need to fix something with our BibTeX parser.

                                Thanks,
                                -Catalina
                                ORCID Support

                              • include gender

                                We support the use of orcid for our authors, since there are often a number of persons with the same name, especially in China. But it would seem useful, if orcid were to include the gender of the person. With Chinese, it is often impossible to know and then women are being contacted as if they were men. I think that gender is still politically correct.
                                Regards,
                                Joe Richmond, PhD
                                Editor
                                Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis
                                orcid.org/0000-0003-2187-931X

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

                                  Hi,

                                  While I can understand your reason for wanting to know a researcher’s gender, ORCID isn’t the right system to collect that information. ORCID records are specifically designed not to collection personally identifiable information (other than email address). The information on an ORCID record is about the career and research of an individual; ORCID is about linking the researcher to their research-outputs, not providing personal details. Other services that offer profiles for researchers would be a better service for recording someone’s gender.

                                  Best,
                                  -Catalina
                                  ORCID Support

                                • publication

                                  Hi,
                                  It would be great if you include full details of publication along with hyperlink.
                                  Something like this; title, authors and publication details. If someone hover on it, should show hyperlink which can be connected to respective paper on web or etc
                                  Thank you
                                  Veeranagouda Yaligara

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

                                    Hi,

                                    The full publication information (and links to the paper) should be shown when you hover over the plus sign next to the title. We’ve hidden this information from the initial list as it creates a much easier to read list for authors who have numerous publications with long citations and lists of authors

                                    Best,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID Support

                                  • None of the above

                                    I was surprised that you didn't allow free-form comments in your survey. I wanted to say that, from my point of view, the ORCID system is just one more electronic citation and connection service, along with ResearchGate and Academia.com, etc. I don't need more details or web pages to keep track of, and I'm certainly not interested in anyone forcing more reporting requirements on me. My papers can easily be found through standard library search systems. You'd really have to offer me some incentive to be interested in ORCID.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks for your feedback. We limited the number of free text comments in our survey​ ​
                                      to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete. To respond to your other comments, ORCID is not itself a researcher profile system like ResearchGate or academia.edu – rather, we ​are a non-profit organization that provides a persistent unique digital name (identifier) for researchers. We work with the community to integrate this identifier into key research and scholarly workflows to ensure that a researcher’s work can be distinguished and correctly attributed. Ultimately, this reduces the amount of time you spend updating records in various systems (including in profile systems).

                                      Alice
                                      Communications Director
                                      ORCID

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

                                          A Universal Open Access Repository would be a great thing, but it’s not something ORCID can provide. Our goal is to create a database of identifiers for researchers, and the ORCID Registry is specifically not a repository for works, only work metadata can be added to records.

                                          If you’d like to search the ORCID Registry for metadata to harvest I suggest looking at our API or using the public data file we provide once a year.

                                          Best,
                                          -Catalina
                                          ORCID Support

                                        • Attach affected email(s) when trying to register existing user via API

                                          When trying to register a user with a primary or secondary email that already exists in the database, the API respons with HTTP 400 and a short error description. It would be helpful if the API also returned which email(s) that already are registered in the system, so this can be presented to the user, making it perhaps easier for him/her to retrieve the existing account.

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

                                            Hi,

                                            I wanted to update you on the status on this idea. While this was something that we were planning to do, after reviewing the privacy concerns it is not a suggestion we can implement. Our privacy policy makes it clear we do not share an information a user has marked as private and returning an ORCID iD based on a private email address violates this policy.

                                            For members looking at creating records we suggest you review our Create on Demand process at http://members.orcid.org/create-records which avoids the issue of creating duplicate records entirely.

                                            Best,
                                            -Catalina
                                            ORCID Support

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