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  1. 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

    • change an element of the form relating to manual additions

      If you want to add a book chapter, you want the title of the collection to appear immediately below your chapter title. This can be done by adding the title of the book to the 'Journal title' section of the manual addition page. Might you change this label to 'Journal or book title'?

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        Thanks again for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

        We have implemented the first phase of this improvement. Now when you choose a work type related to a non-journal publication, the field display title for “Journal title” will dynamically update to a relevant title, e.g. “Conference title”, “Book title”, and “Publisher”.

        There has been an additional call for the form to dynamically update based on the work category selected, e.g. choosing the category “Conference” would change the field display name of “Journal title” to “Conference title”. At present, one must first choose the category “Conference” and then one of the conference work types in order for the title to dynamically update.

        We’ll share more news as this feature is further developed. Thanks again for your suggestion and support.

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Team

      • 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

        • ignore stopwords when alphabetizing titles

          Looking at the other requests here, you've clearly done a lot already to improve the interface. One tiny thing (I submitted this as a help request before I found this forum -- sorry); I suggest you ignore stopwords ("a", "the", etc.) when alphabetizing titles so that titles starting with "An observation on ...", "A plea for ...", "A method for ..." don't all end up at the beginning of the alphabetic list ...

          thanks!

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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.

            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

          • Store institutional affiliation after a user logs in via their institutional credentials (after user confirmed it is OK for ORCID to do it)

            When using the new login by institution feature, if a user successfully logs in then capture the institutional affiliation (after user confirmed it is OK for ORCID to do so)

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

              Thanks for your suggestion for improving the ORCID Registry. Now that signing in with your institutional credentials is an ORCID feature (see: http://orcid.org/blog/2016/05/21/what-was-my-password-again ), we are working with institutions who have ORCID integrations to develop this process, something that we’re currently calling “institutional roundtrip” (this name may change).

              What will happen is that, once you sign in using your institutional credentials, the institution will a) request permission to update your record; and b) update your ORCID record with your institutional affiliation.

              For those institutions who may be interested, you can find a related workshop we ran on this at I1 2016 on our GitHub:
              https://github.com/ORCID/i2-workshop-2016 (Note that we haven’t yet updated this to the 2.0 schema)

              Let us know if you’re a member of a supported federation (eduGAIN, SURFconext) and have an ORCID integration and would like to test this feature. In the meantime, keep a look out on our …

            • Manual entry of dates is needed

              Currently, publication dates can only be entered from the supplied pull-down menu. It would be better to allow manual entry also to deal with two situations: (1) forthcoming/in-press publications that are scheduled for future years (not available in the pull-down menu); and (2) multi-volume works published over a period of years, e.g.: 2000-2007 or 2000- [for ongoing works].

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

                Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                This is a fine idea, but isn’t something that we presently have the capacity to work toward at the moment. We’re going to mark it as under review, so that we can consider it as an improvement after our current release cycle for version 2.0 of our API.

                For more on what we’re working on at ORCID, follow our current development board at:
                https://trello.com/b/iuJwm8A6

                Warm regards,
                ORCID Community Team

              • When editing, only the explicit "save" or "cancel" should do anything.

                In particular, when clicking on the background outside of the editing box, nothing should happen. This often is done by mistake, and all changes are lost.

                If there are "save" and "cancel" buttons, then only these should do anything: not clicking elsewhere, not hitting return.

                I also notice that "website design" is not one of the categories, so I posted it here.

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                  Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                  This is a good idea, but isn’t something that we presently have the capacity to work toward at the moment. We’re going to mark it as under review, so that we can consider it as an improvement after our current release cycle for version 2.0 of our API.

                  For more on what we’re working on at ORCID, follow our current development board at:
                  https://trello.com/b/iuJwm8A6

                  Warm regards,
                  ORCID Community Team

                • Website navigation suggestions

                  Some thoughts from using the website today.

                  1. The search bar is fairly wide but has very little height and also has very little space above or below it. I found myself accidentally clicking on links in my bookmarks bar above the search box on more than one occasion when trying to search.

                  2. The magnifying glass 'search' element did not intuitively look like a magnifying glass to me…because of the 'iD' text inside it. I initially thought this might be a shortcut to my ORCID profile page. Maybe just having text that says 'Search' or 'Go' would be less…

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

                    • to handle accented characters as they used to be handled

                      We think of making all co-workers of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary) have an Orcid ID. This would be great, but we have a problem. Most names in Hungary have accents (like meny names in French, German, Polish...). E.g. I am registered as István Kollár: 0000-0002-4807-0476
                      In most systems, a search with unaccented characters (Istvan Kollar) returns all hit with or without accents. However, when I search for Kollar, I have no hits, even with "Also search other names" on (I do have added all these name versions). I can find my name with "Kollár" only. But…

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

                        Hi,

                        Thanks for reminding us about this bug. We’re actually in the process of switching how we do search (we’re moving from Solr to Elastic search). Once we’ve completed that update, which is scheduled for this summer, we’ll look at adjusting our search to work the way you very nicely described.

                        Thanks,
                        -Catalina
                        ORCID 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

                        • modify the clickable area of the search box

                          The search box area shows as a gray bar, but one has to click in the left side of the box for the search function to be apparent. I have shown this site to several people, and when they navigate the site, there is confusion when the right side of the box is clicked and nothing happens. It decreases the utility of the registry, because a first-time user may decide it is not worth registering when a search cannot be done.

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                            0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  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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                              6 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. Since you’ve first submitted this suggestion, we’ve improved the appearance of the search bar, and are now working on the affiliations search. You can follow progress on the Current Development Trello at:
                              https://trello.com/c/7OywbDz8/3102

                              In the meantime, we would suggest that those looking into advanced search options also consider using the ORCID Public API. A tutorial is available at:
                              https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-searching-data-using-api

                              Warm regards,
                              ORCID Community Team

                            • 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

                              • Redesining Website Menu

                                I am very new to your service, just as I was going to read the "What is Orcid?" in the About Menu, I had a hard time to click on it, it is very evading as the mouse moves

                                You can test it yourself, accessing the sub-menus is hard

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                                • Use https by default

                                  Use https by default (i.e. if the user enters a URL without a protocol such as [1]) do not redirect https URLs such as [2] to http pages. For background, please see [3]-[6]

                                  [1] orcid.org/0000-0001-5882-6823

                                  [2] https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5882-6823

                                  [3] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/doc/web-https

                                  [4] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28687513

                                  [5] http://engineering.linkedin.com/https/default-https

                                  [6] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/08/28/https-default-logged-in-users-wikimedia-sites/

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

                                    Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. We have some progress to report on this.

                                    We now have https as the default for the API and ORCID websites, and are working to include only https links across all sites and automated emails.

                                    We’ve also suggested that the https version of ORCID iDs be the encouraged display format in our iD display guidelines — see more at https://orcid.org/blog/2017/02/16/draft-display-guidelines-ids-articles-open-comment

                                    Warm regards,
                                    ORCID Community Team

                                  • Initialized given names in search index & also exposed in API

                                    A data source I am using to discover potential ORCID ids may/may not have initials as given-names. If your Lucene index had an EdgeNGram on given-names, to help accommodate incoming queries that contain abbreviated given-names, this would be immensely useful.

                                    Alternatively, an additional, computed field like "given-name-initials" with EdgeNGram would be equally useful and would not change the behaviour of your existing Solr field, "given-names". A relatively simple regex-based method from https://github.com/berkmancenter/namae/blob/master/lib/namae/name.rb#L178 might prove useful.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hi,

                                      Thanks for the suggestion. After discussing this with our development team this looks like something we can do using your initial suggestion of using EdgeNGram on the given-names field.

                                      I’ve added this to our list of projects to get to this year. But our developers are working on a number of other major improvements to the ORCID Registry, so I don’t have an exact timeline as when we’ll get to this.

                                      Best,
                                      -Catalina
                                      ORCID Support

                                    • Change the text displayed for Private or Limited Access profiles

                                      I'm helping a researcher set up his ORCID record. He has chosen the Limited Access privacy option.

                                      The text that displays in his public profile is:
                                      "No information added yet."

                                      My suggestion is to change this wording to reflect the privacy settings selected by the profile owner. In this case, the information is added but is not publicly viewable. It would be more helpful to have a message such as:
                                      "This profile is private." OR
                                      "This is a Limited Access profile."

                                      Thanks for considering this suggestion.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Managing Privacy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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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                                        • 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

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