Add rel="me" to links to users' websites.
Allows "round trip" verification with a link to the ORCID profile from the user's website, also using rel="me". See http://microformats.org/wiki/rel-me
Thanks again for this suggestion. We’ve now completed it and you’ll now see this feature on the ORCID Registry.
We like this idea, but we not sure where it can fit into our development plan. Right now we are focused on major functionality and fixing bugs. As we complete more of our basic goals we will be looking at new features and can examine rel=“me” and how that would work with the ORCID Registry.
Will Simpson commented
Cheers for that extra info, Andy.
It has been decided to use the rel="me nofollow" convention used by Google and others.
So, this will be in the next release (normally live within a couple of weeks). Yay!
Thanks for looking at this. I only envisioned it being added in the "Websites" section. (Used elsewhere, it would do no harm, but generally be pointless. Its utility comes when the target page also links back with rel="me", confirming a reciprocal relationship.)
AIUI, strictly speaking, "nofollow" directly contradicts "me", and the two should not be used together. However it seems that Google, (and thus YouTube), Twitter, Instagram, and others do so.
Will Simpson commented
I am working on this with the ORCID dev team.
Do you think it would be enough to add the rel="me" to all the links in the 'Websites' section on the ORCID record page?
I am wondering if that will cause problems if the user has added a link to a project they are working on, rather than another page specifically about themselves?
Also, I've noticed that Google are now using rel="me nofollow". I fear we may have to do the same because nofollow is essential for us, to discourage abuse from spammers.
Thanks, Alexandre, for extra detail.
I note that the link to my website in my ORICD profile, now has rel="nofollow". It should be relatively simple to change that to "rel="me". Please note that "rel="nofollow me" is self-contradictory and will not work.
ORCID folk: Any chance of an update, please?
It would also be worth recommending that publishers link from article HTML pages to ORCID profiles using <a rel="author">Author Name</a> (or itemprop="author" if using microdata), and from publisher-specific author profile pages to verified ORCID profiles using <a rel="me">Author Name</a>.
Alexandre Alapetite commented
Great, I can see there is already a suggestion for this feature. I had prepared a longer explanation, here it is:
This is a technical suggestion for the public pages such as http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4112-5155
Managing online identity is important, especially when there are many different profiles for the same person,
and especially for a mission like ORCID has.
Therefore, I would like ORCID to use the rel-me tag on public profiles, for links pointing to other online profiles of the same person.
This allows to link several online profiles together as being about the same person.
The change is minimal: <a href="..." rel="me">...</a> instead of simply <a href="...">...</a>.
This is what main Web actors like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. are doing:
and many more
Senior Researcher at the Technical University of Denmark