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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  ·  9 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

        • 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 →
          • 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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              2 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

            • 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

              • 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

                • 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

                    • 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

                      • 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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                          4 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Group DOIs with case insensitive comparison

                          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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                            1 comment  ·  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

                          • the separators for the ORCID be figure dashes

                            A figure dash is the same width as a digit and makes numbers separated by dashes easier to read. A figure dash is ‒ in HTML. In practice most other people will use hyphens and search engines should match either.

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                              0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Users have finer control over access by Trusted Organizations

                              Currently access by Trusted Organizations is all or none. It would be great if users could specify the access type for each organization, e.g. with checkboxes or sliders. In addition, a panel to set defaults for new links to trusted orgs., e.g. always allow contact info to be seen, never allow activity to be edited, etc.

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                                under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Managing Privacy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Author ORCID IDs from DOIs?

                                I am responsible for SafetyLit (short for safety literature). We were an ORCID launch partner.

                                Bachground: Although many journal publishers not accept or require an ORCID for each author with each manuscript submission, and these are often printed with the author affiliation; these ORCID IDs are not always available among the metadata for download. This is because personal bibliographic managemenrt software (EndNote, Mandeley, Zotero, etc.) do not capture ORCID IDs.

                                My need:
                                Is there a system available to enter a publication's DOI (say in CrossRef) and obtain each author's ORCID ID? This would be a boon to author name disambiguation…

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                                  1 comment  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for your query, and our apologies for the delay.

                                  In the situation described, it seems that the DOI agency, e.g. Crossref, would be the best system to consult.

                                  When a publisher has submitted an article to Crossref, and included in its metadata is the author’s ORCID iD which was authenticated via OAuth during submission, then that ORCID iD will be available when you query Crossref with that DOI.

                                  An example can be seen in 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.03.027

                                  When one queries Crossref for the metadata (in json), one will find the ORCID iD of the author:
                                  https://api.crossref.org/v1/works/http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.03.027

                                  With regards to reference managers, this is a question that was raised by the working group on the display of iDs in articles. If you’d like further information on this, please contact support@orcid.org.

                                  Finally, with regards to compliance with style guides: in the case of creating a citation of another published work, is…

                                • A maven dependency would be created containing the new version 2 api classes for easier and faster implementation

                                  Now, in order to use the actual api in a java project, there are 2 possible routes.
                                  Or, the classes have to be created based on the xsd (which might introduce error prone code)
                                  Or, the classes are copied from pre-generated sources such as the ORCID-SOURCE github project?

                                  if there was a single concatenated maven dependency that contained these classes to use for the unmarshalling, the actual implementation would be a lot cleaner, would avoid possibilities for accidental breaking because of explicit class-changes and A LOT faster.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID API

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

                                    Warm regards,
                                    The ORCID 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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                                        Thanks for your great question. We’re going to look into this question with members of our team more familiar with IANA/urn namespaces and get back to you.

                                        Warm regards,
                                        ORCID Community Team

                                      • ORCiD inbox links to actual works, not entire list

                                        The Inbox currently shows which service has updated my Work section, and presents a link 'View on your record'. That link shows the entire list of works (for me, it basically goes to https://orcid.org/my-orcid). I often cannot find which work was added. It would be great if somehow that could be made transparent, ideally by opening up the relevant work(s) in a separate window/page.

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

                                          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                          At present, the current stable version of the ORCID API, v1.2, does not make it possible to clearly state which items have been added or updated to the ORCID record via the ORCID API. (This is what such notifications are indicating.)

                                          The simplest method to determine what was added or updated at present is by checking the creation date (via more details view). The modification date can also be viewed via the ORCID public API.

                                          The API version currently in development, v2.0, supports the addition and updating of individual works items. It is possible that this could result in more informative notifications.

                                          We would appreciate hearing further suggestions on how the addition/update notifications can improve. What information do you expect to see in them?

                                        • ORCiD implement two-factor authentication

                                          For added security, you could consider implementing two-factor authentication.

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

                                            Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                            Offering two-factor authentication is a feature that we are considering for the coming year. Follow our process at: https://trello.com/c/Qep41Vg5/13

                                            In the meantime, if you would to use two-factor authentication to sign in, we would suggest linking a support social or institutional account which offers two-factor authentication. You can read more about alternative sign in options at:

                                            http://orcid.org/blog/2016/05/21/what-was-my-password-again
                                            http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/892920-different-ways-to-sign-into-orcid

                                            Warm regards,
                                            ORCID Community Team

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