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  1. 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

    • 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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        18 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?

      • 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  ·  42 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow re-ordering of sections of ORCID record

          At the moment my ORCID record is ordered with 'Education' at the top, followed by things like employment, funding and 'works'.

          I would like to have my publications ('works') at the top of my profile instead of at the bottom, but there doesn't seem to be a way that I can change the order of the boxes.

          I could set all the other boxes to 'private' so that only my publications show up, but I don't want to simply hide all the other information.

          It would be excellent if you could allow users to move the 'blocks' of information in…

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            3 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Improve search, regarding double letters

            One of the commonest spellings of names which contain double letters, such as my surname, Mabbett, is to omit one if the letters.

            Search for neither "Andy Mabbet" nor "Andy Mabett" finds my ORCID record.

            The search algorithm should handle such cases.

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              2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID registry.

              We have submitted this iDea — improving fuzzier searches — for consideration in our next round of projects and will update you when we have further information on it going forward.

              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

              • 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

                • 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

                  • 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

                    • Need way for end user to export users own complete record (xml/yaml/json okay).

                      Need way for end user to export users own complete record (xml/yaml/json okay).

                      This is for archival/backup/data verification/comparision and other purposes.

                      Bonus points for also allowing an edited complete record to be uploaded to replace the current one.

                      Note: This is probably possible from the API, but there should be a visible user driven methos to do this.

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

                        Thanks for this suggestion. As you mentioned, a user can access their ORCID record via the ORCID API- instructions on how to do that are at https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial/read-orcid-records

                        We like your suggestion of offering a way to run this export in the user interface as well, but we will not be able to work on that right now. Our current priority is getting information into ORCID records and that’s where we’re focusing our development.

                        Best,
                        -Catalina
                        ORCID Support

                      • 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  ·  12 comments  ·  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

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

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

                                  Thanks for the suggestion. We do think this is a good idea, however it’s somewhat complicate for us to add an additional cookie to our cookie policy which is needed to offer this option. I’m making this idea as under reivew while we consider this. In the meantime you may want to look into using a browser that will automatically remember your username.

                                  Best,
                                  -Catalina
                                  ORCID Support

                                • Show the list of works split in several screens/pages

                                  I have 906 works and counting, and it is somewhat taxing on my computer (and probably your server) memory to have them all in a single screen. Would be nice to split it in several screens or pages.

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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 have included this idea on our list to consider in the near future. We shall update this thread once a decision has been made, or when we have started on the project.

                                    Warm regards,
                                    ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                  • Default "email" privacy level to "limited"

                                    I am working in entegrating an external service to ORCID, by letting local users authenticate via ORCID's OAuth.
                                    Since we keep track of user email address, it would be extremely handy if by default email addresses were available in ORCID's profile, so that third party services like ours could match local users with existing profiles.

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                                      4 comments  ·  * Interfaces with other services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      This is a great suggestion, but one that needs review before we can act on it. As ORCID is an international undertaking we have to comply with privacy regulations in numerous countries, some of which affect how we are able to share email address, even with trusted parties.

                                      Warm regards,
                                      ORCID Community Team

                                    • Make organisations clickable

                                      Why can't I click on "Robert Gordon University" in a profile like http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0570-7086 to see, which researchers in a certain organisation are registered in ORCID? That would be really useful for discovery purposes.

                                      Please put links behind the organisation's names! URIs for each institution would be helpful here, I guess.

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

                                        Hi,

                                        Thanks for the suggestion. We’re currently working on a way to make affiliation information searchable. After that we can think about trying to link it, though it may be a large project as one institution often has different names, or user entered a sub-organization which has a different name. But we will look into this after more pressing functionality is complete.

                                        Best,
                                        -Catalina
                                        ORCID Support

                                      • Books with ISBNs should merge, regardless of hyphens or 10/13 digits

                                        Books with the work identifier ISBN do not merge, if ISBNs are formally different. Formally different could mean hyphens or not, and 10 digits or 13.

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

                                          Thanks for your suggestion to improve the Registry.

                                          This is a great suggestion and we’ve included it for consideration in the near future. We’ll update this thread once we have further details.

                                          Warm regards,
                                          ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                        • 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

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