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  1. Making "affiliation" more general

    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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      under review  ·  10 comments  ·  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  ·  41 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow persistent sign-in states

        Apparently users are being logged out after 20 mins of inactivity, when closing the browser or when integrated systems force it, see Twitter discussion at https://twitter.com/ORCID_Org/status/865153183219187713

        This makes ORCID extremely frustrating to use for many users, as one is basically forced to re-login each and every time one uses the website.

        There should be an option for "staying logged in", as most other websites (Facebook, Twitter, gmail etc.) offer, which will not log you out unless specifically requested.

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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 are considering this feature and will let you know if we decide to accept it for future development.

          Warm regards,
          ORCID Community Team

        • to disambiguate results, please show additional information in your search results

          To help to disambiguate results, please show additional information in your search results. Country, organisation, a social network handle, a keyword, anything...

          See examples of problematic search results here: https://twitter.com/researchwhisper/status/865362578326798336

          "We provide this service to help people find information…" - currently, that is hard to do because I have to individually look at each record to see if it is the individual that I'm looking for.

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

            Thanks for your suggestion. We’ll put it under review to our team.

            Please note that we generally do not recommend searching to find researchers’ ORCID iDs. Rather, we recommend asking them to provide their ORCID iD.

            For systems, this would be by requesting that researchers sign into ORCID to provide their ORCID iD via authentication.

            For individuals, this would be by asking the researcher directly for their ORCID iD.

            Warm regards,
            The ORCID Team

          • 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 →
            • Third box for filling in author's names

              It would be a good idea to divide authors' names in three parts instead of two: for instance, Dutch authors often have insertions in their names: given name, insertion(s), last name. Insertions can be for instance "van", "de" or "van de", causing authors, as it is now, to be found under the V or D of the insertions instead of under the first letter of their last name. A solution could be a third or middle box, in which insertions can be filled in. That could also be used by people who want to use their middle name: alphabetizing for…

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                2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                We’re going to add this to our list of improvements to consider for the future and will update here accordingly.

                Warm regards,
                ORCID Community Engagement and Support

              • 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

                • search results pages should indicate which results have public data

                  An earlier ticket [1] was, I believe, closed on a misunderstanding. We are not asking for any private data to be made pubic, but simply for search results pages to give an indication of which results include some public data; ideally with a summary, but otherwise with a tick or similar mark.

                  [1] https://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/12433422-would-like-to-see-public-private-listed-on-search

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                    1 comment  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                    We’re going to add this to our list of improvements to consider for the future and will update here accordingly.

                    Warm regards,
                    ORCID Community Team

                  • Add IPv6 support for the orcid.org domain

                    Currently the website is only served and accessible over IPv4 and it would be great to have IPv6 supported for forward compatibility.

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                      0 comments  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Style visited links distinctively

                      If I perform a search, say:

                      https://orcid.org/orcid-search/quick-search?searchQuery=Emma+Jones

                      then visit one of the links given in the results; then go back to the search page (or repeat the search), the link I visited still has the same styling as before.

                      ORCID's CSS is overriding the default styling for visited links, which would otherwise render differently to links that have not been visited.

                      Please remove this override.

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

                        Thanks for your suggestion, Andy. We’ll take it into consideration as we consider the next rounds of improvements to the site and registry UI.

                        Warm regards,
                        ORCID Community Team

                      • Suggest prominent link to look-up page on registration page

                        One of the beauties of the ORCID identifier is that it is easier to look up your ID than it is to create a new one. To reduce duplication by confused users who have forgotten their earlier registrations, I suggest placing a prominent link (anchor text "Look up my ORCID") to the search page (https://orcid.org/orcid-search/search) at the top of the registration page (https://orcid.org/register).

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                          0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • To provide DOI or a specific "persistent link" for old papers that does not has one.

                          Linking relevant legacy research results (papers, books) without a DOI is a problem for me (probably for most researchers).

                          I wonder if ORCID would create a persistent link to a source available on the Internet in which I could deposit my works, such as Research Gate

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                            0 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • ORCID account have a search facility for the works

                            ORCID account should have a search facility for the works so that it could become easier for an account holder to navigate through the works and manage them.

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                              0 comments  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Could you please provide an additional field for checksums?

                              When electronic texts are referenced, they often have urn, doi or other persistent identifiers in repositories or e-journals. Not always do those repositories or journals create publicly available checksums. So could you provide an additional field for entering checksums for files? And options to choose for type of checksum. md5, SHA2-256, SHA3-256 and so on. Thank you very much

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

                                Thank you for the suggestion.

                                It is unclear where the checksums (to populate the additional field) would come from. Could you please provide more information or examples?

                              • API v2.0 be allowed to update the biography as API v1.2 currently can

                                We're beginning a project asked for by our academics to allow them to have an on campus "research hub" that can then push details of their publications, funding, etc out to the myriad of different third party services they use, including ORCID. As part of the early stage development of this I've got some code running the successfully updates a user's biography in ORCID via the v1.2 API in the sandbox. Works well.

                                I've now read that API v1.2 will be retired later in 2017, so tried to move my code to API v2.0 in the sandbox. Unfortunately in v2.0…

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

                                  Thanks for your suggestion to improve upcoming versions of the ORCID API.

                                  Unlike most other parts of the ORCID record, the biography is a single field — it hasn’t a put code as it exists only in the singular. So to update it, your system would need to fully overwrite the biography, potentially removing what the user has already input.

                                  The rationale behind not having the biography field be editable by any party other than the user is the same as why users cannot edit data that a client application has added: only the source of the data should be able to edit that data.

                                  Could you provide some suggestions for consideration of how this could benefit users and workflows that could work for all parties?

                                  Thank you.

                                  Warm regards,
                                  ORCID Community Team

                                • Group DOIs with case insensitive comparison to resolve works duplication

                                  I think that when comparing the DOIs of works to decide what to group, you aren't parsing them to be case insensitive using ASCII case folding for comparison of text.
                                  https://www.doi.org/doi_handbook/2_Numbering.html#2.4
                                  The doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001730.pub3 is equivalent to doi:10.1002/14651858.cd001730.pub3
                                  but Scopus and CrossRef are using these two different presentations, which then list as separate works in ORCID.
                                  Although in this this case I can create a manual entry with the Scopus ID and the DOI as listed by CrossRef, I shouldn't have to and the Scopus presentation of the DOI is the one preferred by the publisher.

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

                                    Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                    Currently the ORCID Registry processes all identifiers as being case sensitive. This is a known issue — some identifiers are case sensitive, whilst others are not.

                                    Our team recognize this issue and will be addressing it by cataloguing our identifiers, their case sensitivity, and other validity issues, then putting these into effect and potentially sharing some of the data in the identifiers API (https://pub.orcid.org/v2.0/identifiers/ ).

                                    We currently have looking into the identifiers scheduled to commence April 2017 and shall update you when we are further into the project.

                                    Warm regards,
                                    ORCID Community Team

                                  • Resume or CV

                                    ORCID is great as it is an online CV/resume. But it would be great if this record gets printed out automatically as a CV/resume with different formats available. Or an additional app which does this would also be great with editing features available.

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                                    • 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" or "http://doi.org/DOI" 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" 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

                                      • Allow users to grant organizations permissions granularly

                                        Currently when an ORCID member organization requests permission to access an individual's ORCID record, the user can only authorize all permissions for the long term, for a single instance, or not at all. A user also has the ability to revoke granted permissions from their personal account settings.

                                        It would be great if users could instead grant permissions granuarly, e.g. with checkboxes or sliders. Users could authorize the organization to read their ORCID iD and trusted party-visible data on their ORCID records, but not grant access to update their biographical or activities sections of their ORCID records.

                                        In addition, it…

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

                                          Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. We are going to put the idea under review by our team.

                                          Regarding granular permissions: It would be great if you could provide additional suggestions on how this might work, or examples of similar practice by other systems.

                                          Regarding panel to set defaults: This may be better for a new iDea. If this were implemented, it would likely be less granular than proposed as there are now only two permission scopes for an organization to add or edit data on ORCID records: /person/update (add/edit biographical details) and /activities/update (add/edit activities e.g. affiliations, funding, works, peer review). In addition, reading data on the ORCID record has record-wide permissions: /read-public or /read-limited.

                                          Warm regards,
                                          ORCID Community Team

                                        • 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

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