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  1. Mark up lists correctly

    Please use list markup for lists of names, websites, other IDs, or keywords. This is not only semantically correct, per HTML specifications, but also improves accessibility for people using assistive software to access web pages.

    Names would be best shown with each starting a new line (the present method can lead to confusion), but it is possible to style lists of keywords so that they are presented horizontally, with a visual separator such as a mid-dot. For websites and other DS, it is possible to style lists as at present, without bullets.

    I'm happy to advise further if required.

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

      Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

      This iDea is currently marked for consideration by our team. We’ll let you know as it further progresses. Many thanks!

      Warm regards,

      ORCID Community Team

    • 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 →

        Hi,

        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 http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/132271-retrieving-data-with-the-public-api

        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

      • A 'report this' button is implemented to prevent spamming the registry

        I searched the ORCID registry for "school" and lots of spam 'profiles' for driving schools, yoga schools, etc came up in the search results. For example:

        http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7582-2402
        http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9587-8075
        http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6240-8560

        ORCID has a process that runs each week aiming to identify potential suspect records, but it is dependent on keywords. I propose that ORCID implement a 'report this' button and we can crowdsource getting rid of these spam profiles?

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

          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

          We shall put this as a feature under review. Let us know if you have any suggestions for how this may appear on the ORCID record.

          For now, please continue to report any suspect records to support@orcid.org, as well as any suggested keywords to add to our regular spam search.

          Warm regards,
          ORCID Community Engagement and Support

        • 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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            2 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thank you for your suggestion to improve the Registry.

            This is an interesting suggestion that we will raise with our user interface design team for consideration.

            Warm regards,
            ORCID Community Team

          • Save collapse state of sections in ORCID record

            When I log in, I'm interested in my works, so I collapse the sections above that. I have to do this every time. Just remember my preferences for each section.

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

              Thanks for a great suggestion. We’ll bring this up with our developers to see if it is something that can be easily implemented. Right now our focus is on adding additional functionality, but once that’s complete we’ll have more time to review the design of the ORCID record and will see if this is possible.

              Best,
              -Catalina
              ORCID Support

            • 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

              • Enable .dev and other new TLDs in redirect URIs

                We need to use domain.dev for development on local environment. Otherwise we have to add 127.0.0.1 domain.com to hosts file for development. But .dev domains could not pass the url validator for redirect URIs

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

                  Thanks for your suggestion to improve ORCID.

                  We’ve added this to the list of new features to be considered in the near future and shall update this thread accordingly when a decision is made.

                  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

                  • 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

                    • modify the clickable area of the search box

                      The search box area shows as a gray bar, but one has to click in the left side of the box for the search function to be apparent. I have shown this site to several people, and when they navigate the site, there is confusion when the right side of the box is clicked and nothing happens. It decreases the utility of the registry, because a first-time user may decide it is not worth registering when a search cannot be done.

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

                        Hi,

                        We understand your frustration with the search box and we’ll be fixing it soon! We’re working on a new look for the ORCID website and as part of that we’re changing how the search box looks and can be clicked on.

                        Best,
                        -Catalina
                        ORCID Support

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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          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

                        • 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

                          • Add a preprint field to direct to openly available versions of a work

                            Please consider adding a new field for a preprint identifier or link that could be added to existing works. This would allow someone visiting a profile to find an openly accessible version of a work (e.g., journal or conference paper).

                            In many fields, "green open access" is more practical than "gold open access" due to a lack of recognized OA journals. Thus, many authors wanting to make a paper available will submit it to a preprint server (such as arXiv, figshare, or Zenodo) in addition to publishing in a traditional (closed) journal.

                            Currently, there doesn't seem to be an obvious…

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                              0 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  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.

                              That said, do note that it is currently possible to import a work that is available from Figshare and Zenodo to the ORCID record via Datacite (see e.g. this document shared by ImpactStory http://goo.gl/Fjn8x ). : )

                              Warm regards,
                              ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                            • make the site validate correctly with W3C

                              ORCID pages do not seem to be valid HTML5 according to
                              http://validator.w3.org

                              E.g. mine reports many errors, mostly unescaped & symbols and img tags without alt text, which should both be fairly easy to fix, http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Forcid.org%2F0000-0002-7676-7860

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                                8 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Roles in the "add manually" section

                                Can you include "Acknowledged" or "Contributor" to the roles dropdown so you can claim papers you helped with, but didn't qualify for authorship

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

                                  We’ve combined a couple suggestions about researcher roles into this idea where we can keep you updated with progress. ORCID is planning to review the role options that we capture and how those roles are displayed shortly. We will be including all the ideas proposed in the forum in that review and will provide an update once that review is done. If you have any more suggestions for roles please leave them as a comment on this idea.

                                  Best,
                                  -Catalina
                                  ORCID Support

                                • Use mathjax for proper display of Tex formulas/equations in Works titles

                                  The Tex formulas in titles and abstracts do not appear properly in the public profile pages (example: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0219-2750). Using Mathjax may be a solution for this problem.

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

                                    Thanks for the suggestion. We agree that adding a way to mark up text based formulas would be a nice feature. However, it won’t fit in our near term development plan as right now we’re focused on release new features to make the entire Registry more robust. We’ll review this suggestion once we have more developer time and as the demand grows.

                                    Best,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID Support

                                  • Present HANDLE as links in the user interface

                                    Currently work identifiers, like DOIs, arXivIDs, PubMed IDs and PMC IDs, are all treated as links in the user interface, but handles are not linked. This means that we feel it necessary to upload the handle both as a work identifier and as a URL, which is unnecessary duplication of information. Can you please have the Handle work identifier presented as a link?

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                                      0 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

                                    • develop more sophisticated workflows to reduce the chance of duplicate ORCIDs

                                      ORCiD should provide the domain names of all known email addresses during “Record Creation with API”, to reduce duplicate ORCiDs.

                                      for e.g:- I am “Tom Smith” working with AAF and creating a new record. Once I go through the registration process I would see
                                      ORCID iD Email First Name(s) Last name Institution
                                      0000-0001-0152-676x ****@qut.edu.au Tom Smith
                                      0000-0001-0182-8781 ****@latrobe.edu.au Tom Smith
                                      0000-0003-1552-634x ****@csiro.au Tom Smith
                                      This would at least allow me as a researcher to recognise the domains and decide if there is a record already belonging to me. As none of the domains are familiar to me, I would click…

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                                        under review  ·  0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • I would like an easy way to copy/paste my ORCID iD (including the ORCID logo) to include in my email signature.

                                        I would like an easy way to copy/paste my ORCID iD (including the ORCID logo) to include in my email signature or other places I might like to promote my ORCID iD.

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

                                          Hello,

                                          Thank you for your suggestion for improving the ORCID Registry.

                                          Could you suggest some layouts that you would expect to see as an email signature? And by ‘ORCID logo’, might you refer to the ORCID iD icon? (Green circle with the white iD)

                                          Thank you.

                                          Warm regards,

                                          ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                        • 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

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