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  1. 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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      9 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Great suggestion and thanks for the link to the discussion on Zotero. We’re going to have a working group take up this issue soon, and I’ll follow up with this idea once they decide on works metadata.

      -Catalina
      ORCID Support

    • To provide DOI or a specific "persistent link" for old papers that does not has one.

      Linking relevant legacy research results (papers, books) without a DOI is a problem for me (probably for most researchers).

      I wonder if ORCID would create a persistent link to a source available on the Internet in which I could deposit my works, such as Research Gate

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

        Thank you for your suggestion.

        We have marked this iDea as declined as it does not align with the mission of ORCID at present.

        Our focus is providing:
         A unique identifier for researchers (the ORCID iD) which can be used to disambiguate their identity
         Member-built integrations to help connect research activities to researchers’ ORCIDrecords
         A hub for exchanging data linked by persistent identifiers

        For more on the ORCID mission, see: https://orcid.org/about/what-is-orcid/mission

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Team

      • None of the above

        I was surprised that you didn't allow free-form comments in your survey. I wanted to say that, from my point of view, the ORCID system is just one more electronic citation and connection service, along with ResearchGate and Academia.com, etc. I don't need more details or web pages to keep track of, and I'm certainly not interested in anyone forcing more reporting requirements on me. My papers can easily be found through standard library search systems. You'd really have to offer me some incentive to be interested in ORCID.

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          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for your feedback. We limited the number of free text comments in our survey​ ​
          to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete. To respond to your other comments, ORCID is not itself a researcher profile system like ResearchGate or academia.edu – rather, we ​are a non-profit organization that provides a persistent unique digital name (identifier) for researchers. We work with the community to integrate this identifier into key research and scholarly workflows to ensure that a researcher’s work can be distinguished and correctly attributed. Ultimately, this reduces the amount of time you spend updating records in various systems (including in profile systems).

          Alice
          Communications Director
          ORCID

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            2 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Please provide a platform for free webinars by researchers which can collaborate experts across the globe and discuss about a new research.

            Every day a particular time slot should be allowed for members of ORCID to register for a webinar. The participants can also register through website. Webinars will be on a new research idea. Then followed by a small discussion session, where comments and ideas could be conveyed to the webinar holder through text messaging in the web platform.

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

              Thank you for your suggestion.

              We have marked this iDea as declined as it does not align with the mission of ORCID at present. Our focus is providing:

              • A unique identifier for researchers (the ORCID iD) which can be used to disambiguate their identity
              • Member-built integrations to help connect research activities to researchers’ ORCID records
              • A hub for exchanging data linked by persistent identifiers

              For more on the ORCID mission, see: https://orcid.org/about/what-is-orcid/mission

              Warm regards,
              ORCID Community Team

            • Add Digital Certificates

              Either create a digital certificate associated with the ID, or allow user to identify an existing certificate to associate with the ID. DigiCert and InCommon are examples of certificate sources, but others are possible.

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                3 comments  ·  * Interfaces with other services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • users can upload their portrait photographs on ORCID.

                Social media without visual does not look up-to-date. ORCID should permit users to upload their photographs.

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

                  Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                  We are marking this iDea as declined as it does not fit in with ORCID’s goals. ORCID is not a social media platform, and we are not a profiling system. Rather, we provide:

                  • Persistent identifiers (ORCID iDs) to researchers to distinguish themselves from each other;
                  • Integrations with systems built by our member organizations to which you can connect your ORCID iD and grant permission to add or update your ORCID record; and
                  • A hub for synchronizing information about persons (e.g. ORCID iDs, Scopus Author IDs), organizations (e.g. Ringgold IDs, FundrefIDs), and works (e.g. DOIs, ISBNs) based on persistent identifiers

                  We will merge this topic shortly into related suggestions for profile photos on the ORCID record.

                  Warm regards,
                  ORCID Community Team

                • Modify the method for eliminating duplicate records

                  My experience is that SCOPUS is an unreliable "collector" for ORCiD: it missed some 20 or so of my publications, with no apparent pattern. Therefore I uploaded a complete bibtex file. The result was that there were many duplicates, which I proceeded to eliminate. The way ORCiD is set up at the moment makes this a very slow process: one can't simply check all articles to be deleted, then hit "Do it!" Instead, it's a one-by-one process and after each elimination there's a wait until ORCiD staggers back to its feet, following which one must navigate down to the next…

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

                    Hi,

                    Sorry you had such a frustrating experience adding works to your ORCID record. Duplicates are handled by the ORCID system based on identifiers, like DOIs and ISBNs, if either the Scopus import or your BibTeX file did not include identifiers (or used different identifiers) there was no way for our system to identify the works as duplicates. More about how duplicates work is at http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/462032

                    For the BibTeX file, I am surprised to hear that you needed to modify it to add a comma on the last line as that should not be required and we’ve successfully loaded other files without that. If you can send us a copy of the files that did and didn’t load to support@oricd.org we can take a look and see if we need to fix something with our BibTeX parser.

                    Thanks,
                    -Catalina
                    ORCID Support

                  • Would like to see Public/Private listed on Search Results

                    I would like a search on https://orcid.org/orcid-search/quick-search/?searchQuery=antony%20williams, as an example, to show hn additional column of Public YES/NO. When there are multiple names that are the same it would save having to open each one one at a time to check on available information

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

                      Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                      We have declined this suggestion on the basis of maintaining the privacy of user data. In revealing whether there is any non-public information on an ORCID record, we would be in effect revealing information that the user has not made public. This disclosure would violate the spirit of the ORCID trust program.

                      For more, see:
                      ORCID trust: https://orcid.org/about/trust
                      ORCID privacy policy: https://orcid.org/privacy-policy

                      Warm regards,
                      ORCID Community Team

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                        Our metadata fields for works are designed to match the common bibliographic information given for a variety of research output. Based on other standards that we’ve looked at only one translated title is typical.

                        We have therefore marked this item as declined. We can revisit it if there is more community support for the feature. Please let us know, either in this iDea, by submitting a new iDea, or contacting us at support@orcid.org of your support for adding multiple translated titles. Please include examples of other standards that allow for multiple translated titles, or examples of works where the same work with a single identifier has titles in more than two languages so we can re-evaluate the decision.

                        Warm regards,
                        ORCID Community Team

                      • Use ORCID as basis for permanent researcher email addressing (e.g. for contact email on papers)

                        A powerful use of ORCID could be as a persistent researcher email address, that we could use as contact email for our publications. That way other researchers could reach us as we (grad students, profs, corporate researchers) change our affiliations. Format could be <my_orcid>@orcid.org and/or <orcid_alias>@orcid.org. Emails would be re-directed to whatever we have in our records.

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                          1 comment  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                          After consideration, we have declined this feature request as it falls beyond our scope at this moment.

                          We may be able to revisit this as we further develop the ORCID Inbox feature.

                          Warm regards,
                          ORCID Community Team

                        • Co-branding on ORCID emails to integrators' user communities

                          As a soon to be integrator, I think it would be valuable to co-brand on emails sent by ORCID to our users. All our information providers allow us to state that the content is brought to you by NAME OF LIBRARY or LOGO of Library on their respective websites/homepages. I believe that we should implement something similar with ORCID…. Perhaps the wording could be ...brought to you by NAME OF LIBRARY or ORGANIZATION in partnership with ORCID. Co-branding will draw attention to our users that there is a definite collaboration between their library/institution and ORCID.

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

                            Thank you for your suggestion to improve the Registry.

                            We have considered this suggestion and marked it as declined for the time being. We will not be issuing emails to users customised to the ORCID-integrated system to which they have connected their ORCID iD. This could confuse the distinction between the ORCID system and another system, and a user may connect their ORCID iD to a number of systems besides.

                            We also do not have plans at present to present logos on the ORCID record. Users can go to the ORCID member listing at https://orcid.org/members to find a full list of ORCID members and their current integrations.

                            Warm regards,
                            ORCID Community Team

                          • flag mistakes

                            Allow users to flag or report mistakes they find while reading Orcid profiles: Wrong DOI, wrong type of work...

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                              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hello,

                              Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. We already have a procedure for you to flag potentially incorrect information on an ORCID record: The ORCID Dispute Procedures: https://orcid.org/orcid-dispute-procedures

                              If you are on an ORCID record and find information which you believe is suspect, you can flag it to the ORCID team by clicking the green ? balloon in the bottom left of the record and letting us know. You can also contact support@orcid.org directly.

                              That said, please keep in mind that a key principle of ORCID is that the user is in control of their ORCID record. This means that we do not correct information on behalf of the user or the trusted party who added the data with the user’s permission. For more, see: https://orcid.org/about/trust/control?lang=cs

                              Finally, we have a similar iDea on this form to which you may wish to add your support, or give…

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

                                Apologies for the long silence on this topic. We spent a lot of time last year thinking through – with our Board – what ORCID is and is not.

                                Many users think of ORCID primarily as a profile system and, although your ORCID record can be used in this way, that is not the primary goal. The most important thing about getting an ORCID iD is that, in addition to uniquely identifying you, it enables you to connect information from other systems to your record and to connect your ID with other identifiers, such as for publications, grants, organizations, etc. And this can increasingly happen via automatically (with your permission).

                                We believe that allowing users to include a photo of themselves on their ORCID record will create further confusion about ORCID being a profile system, so we won’t be adding this functionality.

                                Thanks for suggesting it and for all your…

                              • Could you please consider adding viewing statistics for ORCID profile pages?

                                This would be a useful way for people to capture their research visibility and to see how many people are interesting in viewing their research profile and output.

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

                                  Hello,

                                  Thank you for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                  ORCID does not provide an h-index or citation count. The focus of ORCID is not looking at research impact, but identifying your research outputs. ORCID’s goal is to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers. That’s the sixteen digit identifier you got when you registered for an ORCID record, and that identifier will be linked to your articles, grants, and other researcher output. While these outputs can be listed on your ORCID record, we don’t gather information about the impact or citations of these items.

                                  For citation counts, you can look into other tools which focus on citations such as Scopus, Altmetrics, or ImpactStory.

                                  Warm regards,
                                  The ORCID Team

                                • unnecessary horizontal scrolling

                                  Please remove horizontal scrolling. It is quite annoying and does not serve any apparent purpose since the margins are empty anyway. It just makes the website feel a bit wiggly. Here is one example:
                                  http://orcid.org/blog/2013/08/08/suggested-practices-collection-and-display-orcid-ids-publishing-workflows
                                  Other ORCID pages lack the wiggliness.
                                  I understand it might be platform dependent. I use Firefox 47.0 on Mac OS 10.10.5.

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

                                    Since we haven’t heard from you in a long time, we assume the issue is now solved.

                                    If the issue persists, please send us a screenshot demonstrating what you see to support[at]orcid.org

                                    Warm regards,
                                    ORCID Community Team

                                  • data to grant and award system is broken or fruadulent

                                    fix it..you have the same data i do so i shouldnt have to fill out anything else..either you havent caught up or the whole thing is fraud

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                                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Since we did not hear back from you, we assume you contacted UberResearch and the issue is now solved.

                                      If you are having any issues with your ORCID record, please contact us at support[at]orcid.org

                                      Best regards,

                                      ORCID Community Team

                                    • reduce the usage of scripting on your pages. Makes it really hard to use, particularly on mobile.

                                      ORCID needleslly uses a lot of javascript to do, well, not much. HTML and HTML5 work regardless of your browser of choice, and don't make your website look really bad on lots of browsers (particualrly mobile!).

                                      For example as I type this, there are several items of overlapping text, lots of cut-off text, and generally it looks very rough-cut.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thank you for contacting ORCID Support.

                                        Could you please let us know which area of the site you are referencing? There are:

                                        It would also be helpful to contact support@orcid.org if you have any loading issues with these pages.

                                        Warm regards,
                                        ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                      • ORCID

                                        It would be great if ORCID had a 'Follow' function, which alerted the follower whenever the ORIC ID holder added a new item (e.g. grant, publication, position) in their profile and this item has been set as publicly visible.

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

                                          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                          ORCID has a feature for clients which have been permission by an individual to read trusted party data on that ORCID record to subscribe and receive an alert whenever that ORCID record is updated. They can then update their own systems’ databases with the data from the ORCID record. These are called webhooks, and you can read more about them here:
                                          https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-webhooks

                                          On the user interface, this does not come fully under our goals at present, so we will mark this as declined. This is because ORCID is not a profiling system or social network — other organisations which are already integrated with ORCID provide those services, and they provide them quite well. Rather, we are a registry of unique, persistent identifiers for individuals — the ORCID iD — as well as a hub for connecting researchers with their output…

                                        • I suggest you put a button "logout", because button "sign out"

                                          I think it would be a good idea, to put a button "logout", because the name of the button "Sign out" suggests signing out i.e. removing the account.

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

                                            Thanks for your suggestion. We’re going to mark this as declined, as ORCID uses “sign in” and “sign out” to refer to signing into and out of an account for the sake of consistency.

                                            In addition, using the verbal phrases beginning with “log” can leave an impression to some of inputting credentials to access terminals, rather than virtual services, which gives support to the sustained use of “sign in/out”.

                                            Warm regards,
                                            ORCID Community Team

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