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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  ·  11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve display of publication details

      If you view an ORCID record and click on Show Details next to a publication, the upcoming detailed view looks in many cases very unattractive. You often (or always) see the record first in a bibtex view which is cryptic and hard to read. Why not showing an ordinary html view, e.g. a PubMed-like view as default?

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

        Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

        The ORCID record is intended to be a record of your research output, affiliations, funding history, etc. We store limited metadata information for each item based on the information that you have added to your ORCID record, or that you have granted an ORCID member organization such as Europe PubMed Central to add on your behalf.

        The citation that is displayed in the ORCID is based on the citation provided with the work. We recommend that BibTeX citations be added to works. This enables you to have a verbose BibTeX citation when you export your works in BibTeX format, and it includes additional information than can be stored in the ORCID record, e.g. page numbers.

        Keeping the above in mind, if you have specific suggestions on how information could be displayed on the ORCID record, please let us know.

        Warm regards, …

      • Improve grouping / deduplication of publications

        When updating an ORCID record from various literature sources like Scopus, CrossRef, own entries, Pure, it happens easily that duplicates are not automatically being detected and hidden in the public view. Instead, you have to manually go through the list and hide duplicates. Only, if records contain the same doi the deduplication works.
        Could this please be improved? Please try to establish a robust deduplication algorithm.

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          1 comment  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hello,

          Thanks for your iDea to improve the ORCID registry.

          The way the ORCID interface works is that publications which have the same identifier (e.g. PMID, DOI) with the same “self” relationship are grouped together into one item. This way a publication isn’t listed multiple times if you added it from multiple sources, such as importing a publication from Scopus and ResearcherID. It looks like the problem on your record is that some of the items from ResearcherID were provided without an identifier.

          If the identifiers are the same on two works which are not grouping, then the likely cause is due to the identifiers not sharing the same case (e.g. DOI: 10.0281/1234A.03 and DOI: 10.0281/1234a.03 ). Currently the ORCID Registry processes all identifiers as being case sensitive. This is a known issue — some identifiers are case sensitive, whilst others, such as DOIs, are not.

        • Implement API for token revocation

          At present, tokens can be issued using ORCID's OAuth API but they can't be revoked except by a user manually going to their Account settings on the main orcid.org website (https://orcid.org/account).

          OAuth providers such as Google provide the ability for a token holder to revoke the token via an API. For example, see https://developers.google.com/identity/protocols/OAuth2WebServer#tokenrevoke

          One current suggested flow of an application simply deleting the token from its database is unsafe, as the token is still valid (for up to 20 years) and is at risk of being found/brute-forced and abused. The other suggested flow of instructing the user…

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            0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • work:url be included in the /record summary view

            For a work that has only a URL associated with it (particularly if it is entered manually), there are a number of places to enter it. If the URL is included as an identifier <common:external-id-type>uri</common:external-id-type>, it will be included in the /record summary view. If it is not included as an identifier, it will be included in the /work view as <work:url>. I'd like to ask that <work:url> be included in the summary view (or for work:url to be copied to identifier type uri) so as to avoid making multiple calls to pull back all possible identifiers for a given…

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              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  ·  43 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 →
                • Add rel="me" to "Display my iD" markup

                  The new "Display my iD" feature is great. The markup currently includes:

                  rel="noopener noreferrer"

                  Please change that to:

                  rel="noopener noreferrer me"

                  (the word order is not significant; "me noopener noreferrer" would work if you prefer) as done elsewhere on the site as a result of:

                  https://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/3271302-add-rel-me-to-links-to-users-websites

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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’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

                  • 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

                    • Exporting citations

                      - It would be good to allow export of citations from the public view
                      - It would be good that the exported bibtex would be consistent in naming the author. One basic interest of orcid is disambiguation of authors' names. The entries coming from different sources are not homogeneous in formating names (sometimes leading to erroneous spellings). At least the author from the concerned Orcid page whould be formatted correctly. At least, the first name/last name split should work!

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                      • Each work should show identifiers from all sources

                        When a work has both Scopus and ResearchedID sources the UI shows either EID or WOSUID, depending on the primary source. But I as a user want to see all identifiers for each work. This would allow me to quickly find out which works were indexed by different citation indices.

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                        • Using ORCID as a simple personal website

                          The ORCID is good. It would be great that ORCID provide more features to help us build up a simple
                          personal website.

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                            0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  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

                            • 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 →

                                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

                              • 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 →
                                • BibTeX import feature should include a verbose error report

                                  You make the bibtex import report errors when it reaches them.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                    We have as flagged as a future improvement possibility adding more verbose error messages in response to BibTeX import issues. As we consider this feature, it would be helpful if you could suggest what information you would expect to see during the error report.

                                    In addition, please note that generally we encourage you to import works using the machine-to-machine connections using our Search & Link wizards, such as Scopus, ResearcherID, EuropePubMed Central, and Crossref.

                                    If you are experiencing problems with importing a specific BibTeX file, please get in touch with support@orcid.org and provide both the file as well as the system from which it was generated. There are some systems, such as EndNote, which require that you apply additional filters when generating the original BibTeX file, as those systems may include nonstandard or unsupported information in the BibTeX.

                                    Thank you.

                                    Warm…

                                  • display

                                    A recent blog post highlighted new features including an easy way to display one's ORCID on their web page.

                                    The user clicks a link and then copies some HTML code to embed in their page.

                                    But is there a way to include semantic markup of the ORCID in that code?

                                    I would guess that schema.org has some identifier namespace that could include the ORCID. No?

                                    Wouldn't that enhance the findability and usability of the person and their ID with very little effort?

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                                      0 comments  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  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

                                    • registration procedure for people with visual impairments

                                      I recently needed to register with ORCHID and found it extremely problematic, because of the need to prove that I am not a robot. I, like many other people in the world, have visual impairments which make it extremely difficult for us to cope with visual demands on computer screens. The demand to prove that you are not a robot by indicating which of a number of boxes do not contain a requested item such as bridges, doors and so on presents great difficulty and is virtually impossible for me and others to do. I had to ask someone else…

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                                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                        It is possible to complete the reCAPTCHA without using the image-based robot selection. At the bottom left of the reCAPTCHA screen are three options: the middle option is a headphones icon.

                                        To use the audio reCAPTCHA, click the headphones icon. A set of numbers will be read aloud. You will need to enter these numbers to pass the reCAPTCHA challenge.

                                        We would love to have suggestions to better improve the process! If you know of CAPTCHA-like systems which can be used to establish that the user is not a robot which are accessible to users with or without visual impairments, please do share them in this thread.

                                        Warm regards,
                                        ORCID Community Team

                                      • 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

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