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# ORCID iDeas Forum

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1. ## 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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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

• ## 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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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

• ## 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

• ## 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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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

• ## Genealogy

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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

• ## 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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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

• ## Allow accented characters to be equivalent to non-accented characters in search

We think of making all co-workers of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary) have an Orcid ID. This would be great, but we have a problem. Most names in Hungary have accents (like meny names in French, German, Polish...). E.g. I am registered as István Kollár: 0000-0002-4807-0476

In most systems, a search with unaccented characters (Istvan Kollar) returns all hit with or without accents. However, when I search for Kollar, I have no hits, even with "Also search other names" on (I do have added all these name versions). I can find my name with "Kollár" only. But…

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Hi,

Thanks for reminding us about this bug. We’re actually in the process of switching how we do search (we’re moving from Solr to Elastic search). Once we’ve completed that update, which is scheduled for this summer, we’ll look at adjusting our search to work the way you very nicely described.

Thanks,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## 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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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

• ## Allow users to add other identifers to their profiles

[Further to my recent off-line conversation with Laure Haak]

ORCID has integration with ISNI and ReseracherID, which is great, but should also allow users to enter other identifiers, such as VIAF and Wikidata IDS in their profile.

[Including Wikidata effectively gives a link to any Wikipedia biographies of the person.]

These could be entered as strings (and perhaps validated using check digits) and made links to the relevant external sites.

The values should be available via API.

If, later the systems that provide the identifiers have full, two-way integration, the data will thus be already available.

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Hi Andy,

This is an excellent suggestion and one we’ve talked about a few times at ORCID. I’ve marked it as under review as we’ll need to figure out the best way to include these other identifiers, before we can start work on it. But hopefully this is something we’ll be able to fit into our development priorities this year.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## 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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This is something we’re looking into. In the next year we’ll be adding new functionality for contribution and specifically the roles of researchers in works. The new functionality may be able to address this issue.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Sort entries in the education, employment and funding sections by end date instead of start date

If there are two or more concurrent grants, for example, sorting by end date usually produces a more reasonable order.

Consider the following situation:
Grant 1: $500 000, 01/2014 - 12/2016 Grant 2:$15 000, 12/2014-04/2015

Those are now displayed in the order Grant 2, Grant 1 and will be displayed this way even in mid-2016, when no one cares about Grant 2 anymore. The same is true for the tab education, where e.g. a short stay at a foreign university always pops to the top.

Sorting by end dates solves these issues, because the topmost entry is either the…

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Thanks again for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

We’re looking into this issue and would like to raise a question for your consideration. What do you think should be done in instances of open end dates? For example, an employment may be on an open-ended contract — should this be understood to be active and therefore floated to the top of the list?

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 viewing preferences for each section.

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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

• ## 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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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

• ## Offer JSON-LD representation

JSON-LD provides a nice combination of a simple syntax format while being linked data at the same time. Being able to get JSON-LD for an ORCID identifier would help both semantic web use cases as well as simpler one-off uses.

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Hi,

Thanks for the suggestion. In 2015 ORCID will officially be supporting a relational model. At that time JSON-LD will be considered.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID 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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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

• ## 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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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

• ## Allow date ranges for (some) works

Some "works" don't have a single publication date, but operate over a period of time. For example, a website which I managed and edited from 2001-2014. Please allow date ranges. including an "-onging" option.

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Hi Andy,

This is another great suggestion, but after some discussion we can’t find a way to make it work right now. Next time we do a review of the works metadata fields we’ll consider this idea again and see if we can fit it in then.

Best,
-Catalina

• ## Provide exact matching for the search API

In case completed issues do not get any attention from ORCID, I would like to draw attention to the "completed" issue http://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/3656307-the-search-api-uses-partial-matching-for-fielded-s

As explained in that thread, API searches should provide _exact_ matching for certain fields, like identifiers.

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We can review this decision. But can you provide us with more information, such as why you can’t wrap your query in quotes as described in the iDea you linked to.

Thanks,
-Catalina

• ## 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.

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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

• ## allow to have an additional list for 'chair publications'.

since I often refrain from co-authoring a paper just since I'm the boss.

Referees who like to judge the output of the group, however, need to see all publications.

So I'd like to have a separate list of all publications of my group wher e I am not coauthor. To assign the paper to my chair, the corresponding author should be asked for permission to put it on the 'chair publication list'.

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