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  1. 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 →
    • Implement client-side OAuth authentication

      So that client-side (usually Javascript) applications can interact with the ORCID API, please support client-side OAuth authentication.

      Google's developer site has a good overview of how it should work: https://developers.google.com/accounts/docs/OAuth2UserAgent

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        0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • add Artist or Illustrator to Role

        the images in articles are important scientific works as well.

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          0 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • ignore stopwords when alphabetizing titles

          Looking at the other requests here, you've clearly done a lot already to improve the interface. One tiny thing (I submitted this as a help request before I found this forum -- sorry); I suggest you ignore stopwords ("a", "the", etc.) when alphabetizing titles so that titles starting with "An observation on ...", "A plea for ...", "A method for ..." don't all end up at the beginning of the alphabetic list ...

          thanks!

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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.

            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

          • 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

              • Ability to denote which Co-Author of an article is associated with this Orcid Id

                Add the ability to indicate which coauthor on an article this user's Orcid id is associated with. In the made up example below, it is ambiguous which J Smith is associated with "this" Orcid id.
                J. Smith, J. Smith, and J. Smith (2007), Cats and Their Habits, Journal of Moggies, pg 1-1000.

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                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Manual entry of dates is needed

                  Currently, publication dates can only be entered from the supplied pull-down menu. It would be better to allow manual entry also to deal with two situations: (1) forthcoming/in-press publications that are scheduled for future years (not available in the pull-down menu); and (2) multi-volume works published over a period of years, e.g.: 2000-2007 or 2000- [for ongoing works].

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                    0 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                    This is a fine 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

                  • Process existing works with DOIs when co-authors later get ORCID

                    I noticed that API responses have "contributor-orcid" for works. There are examples where co-authors have independently added the same works after having created their ORCIDs. This is enough information to process and unambiguously populate "contributor-orcid". Doing so would make for a richer interface on orcid.org (ie navigate co-authors) as well as potentially fewer hits on your API.

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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                      This is falling into a larger conversation that we need to have with the community about the “contributor” role in items in the ORCID Registry. We are currently marking this as “under review” as we gather your suggestions on how this should proceed.

                      It would be helpful to obtain ideas from the community on how this might work. Some starting questions:
                      When should a organisation updating an ORCID record with works data populate the contributor-orcid field? Only in the case when that contributor has previously authenticated their ORCID iD to the organisation?
                      Should unauthenticated ORCID iDs be transferred in such field, should that iD be flagged and asked to claim the item?

                      Warm regards,
                      ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                    • Reflecting the items seen in "Also known as" and "Keywords" as separate lines

                      In the current status, the items seen in "Also known as" and "Keywords" reflect to the public view in a wrapped style as the following:

                      Name Middle Surname, Name,
                      M. Surname, N. M. Surname

                      I do recommend you to add an option to make each items as separate lines as the following:

                      Name Middle Surname,
                      Name, M. Surname,
                      N. M. Surname

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

                        Thanks for your suggestion for improving the ORCID Registry user interface. This is a great suggestion and we’ll put it under interface improvements to be considered in the near future.

                        We’ll update this thread with further information when we have made a decision on this feature.

                        Warm regards,
                        ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                      • Could you try to add Bluebook citation format as an option for works?

                        Bluebook is not offered as an option for citation format but it is common among legal scholars.

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

                          The previous response did not address this suggestion, so we will re-open it.

                          We have added Bluebook citation formats to our list of improvements to consider in the future for the ORCID Registry.

                          At present, you can use “unspecified” for bluebook citations.

                          Warm regards,
                          ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                          The list of work types offered in ORCID is from the CASRAI Output Standards, which you can find out more about at http://dictionary.casrai.org/research-personnel-profile/contributions/outputs.
                          Rather than trying to maintain an inclusive list of work-types, ORCID has decided to use this vocabulary so we can focus on our main goal of providing unique identifiers. As the CASRAI vocabulary is updated, we will also update the work-type options in ORCID.

                          Best,
                          -Shaun
                          ORCID Support

                        • improve the ORCID Statistics site

                          The ORCID Statistics page needs immediate attention. ORCID should be able to provide the numbers by category (funder, publisher, research institution, academy, society, etc.), by region and country at any time. With a number as small as less than 4 or 5 hundred it is not a difficult task at all.

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                            0 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for your suggestion to improve ORCID. We’ve included this feature as one to be considered in the future and will update this thread accordingly when a decision has been made.

                            Warm regards,
                            ORCID Community Engagement and 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

                            • Mark up lists of works with metadata

                              Lists of works should be marked up with metadata; unAPI, ideally, COinS at a minimum.

                              This will be more easily done if the "<a href="http://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/3266048-metadata-for-publications-should-be-entered-using-">Metadata for publications should be entered using a form _not_ free text</a>" ticket is implemented.

                              See <a href="http://forums.zotero.org/discussion/27247/orcid-profiles/#Comment_143596">prior discussion at the Zotero forums</a>

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                                7 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  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

                                • Add PI field to the funding descriptions

                                  It is important to know who the principal investigator of a grant is, even if other contributors to that grant include it in their ORCID iD.

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                                    2 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hi,

                                    Thanks for this suggestion. We’re looking at adding contributor fields for both works and funding items in the ORCID record soon. We’re working with CReDit to use their taxonomy for roles and will be reviewing what contributor roles should be added from their list shortly.

                                    Best,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID Support

                                  • Genealogy

                                    Please include entries for PhD advisers.

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                                      2 comments  ·  * Biographical Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hi,

                                      Thanks for your suggestion. I’m interested to hear more about how we could best capture the work done by PhD advisers. Do you see it best captured as having the thesis listed on your record with a role set to “Adviser”? Or would you suggest a new category of “service” items that might include serving as an adviser? Or do you have another suggestion? We’d like to get your input in the comments to think about the best way we might complete your suggestion.

                                      Thanks,
                                      -Catalina
                                      ORCID Support

                                    • Encourage users to link ORCIDs at the institution's website when adding an affiliation

                                      When a user adds an affiliation for an institutional partner (which can be determined through a mapping between ringgold IDs and institutional client ORCIDs), a user should be encouraged to visit their institution's website to grant access to their account to their insitution (and so inform the instituion of their ORCID).

                                      This would require institutional partners to provide a URL to be shown to the user for this purpose.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        This is a great suggestion. As we start to develop more with the affiliations we can see how this could fit into the ORCID workflow. We already have a lot on our development plan for the near future (funding, a messaging system, more translations) so we won’t be able to fit this in soon, and we’ll need to think about exactly how it would work. But this is definitely an idea we’ll consider.

                                        Best,
                                        -Catalina
                                        ORCID Support

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                                          0 comments  ·  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

                                        • Trap ISNI IDs

                                          I have just fixed a couple of cases ([1], [2]; on Wikipedia, but could happen elsewhere) with ISNI's entered as ORCIDs.

                                          If someone visits a URL like [3], which is not a valid ORCID, but refers to a valid ISNI a better error message than the current "There has been a problem with the server" should be displayed. This should refer, and preferably link, to the relevant ISNI page, as well as asking the reader to notify the originating site's owner.

                                          [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Segal&diff=612647240&oldid=609736112

                                          [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Illeana_Douglas&diff=612647598&oldid=611914960

                                          [3] http://orcid.org/0000-0001-2148-7506

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                                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Hi Andy,

                                            Sorry about the delay in replying. Our team has been considering this, and we do like your idea, but we can’t find an easy way to implement it and don’t have the developer time for a new project to address this now. But as this problem becomes more frequent, and as we finish more features and have additional developer time, we’ll look at finding away to identify ISNIs entered as ORCID iDs.

                                            Best,
                                            -Catalina
                                            ORCID Support

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