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  1. 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 →
    • 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 →
      • 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…

        • 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 →
          • 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 →

              Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. This is a great idea, and it’s something that is possible to do using refresh tokens by revoking the original token. This will render the original token invalid and remove the active permissions in the user’s Trusted Organizations list.

              You can find our page on refresh tokens and example calls at our member support centre:
              https://members.orcid.org/api/oauth/refresh-tokens

              For the time being, we’re also going to mark this as under review, as having a specific call for token revocation may be something that we would like to implement in the near future also.

              Warm regards,
              ORCID Community Team

            • 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

              • 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 →
                • 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

                  • BibTeX Import Supports @String

                    When importing BibTeX, your parser is not recognising @String definitions or is failing to expand them appropriately. The import just fails with no guidance to the user.

                    Example:

                    @String { MVA = {Machine Vision and Applications} }

                    @Article{Khan.etal.2015,
                    Title = {Better than {SIFT}?},
                    Author = {Khan, Nabeel and McCane, Brendan and Mills, Steven},
                    Journal = MVA,
                    Year = {2015},
                    Number = {6},
                    Pages = {819--836},
                    Volume = {26},
                    DOI = {10.1007/s00138-015-0689-7}
                    }

                    Fails, but

                    @Article{Khan.etal.2015,
                    Title = {Better than {SIFT}?},
                    Author = {Khan, Nabeel and McCane, Brendan and Mills, Steven},
                    Journal = {Machine Vision and Applications},
                    Year = {2015},
                    Number…

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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 will flag this for our team to look into for future development of our BibTeX parser.

                      You can help this process by joining our efforts. ORCID is an open-source project that relies strongly on community support. We welcome your contributions to improve our BibTeX parser: https://github.com/ORCID/bibtexParseJs

                      Warm regards,
                      ORCID Community Team

                    • 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

                      • 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 →
                          • 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

                            • 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

                                • I deplore the use of hackneyed challenge questions, such as 'mother's maiden name', the answers to which can be looked up in Who's Who.

                                  I deplore the use of hackneyed challenge questions, such as 'mother's maiden name', the answers to which can be looked up in Who's Who.

                                  More enlightened institutions allow you to compose your own question as well as the answer, such as "Uncle George's bridge partner?"

                                  But an alternative is to forget about the password altogether. Simply enter your username to cause an email to be sent, click on the link in the email and you are logged in! To accept or decline a review invitation can work just this way.

                                  Best wishes
                                  John

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                                    0 comments  ·  Security  ·  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

                                  • 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

                                    • 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 →
                                      • 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

                                        • 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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