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# ORCID iDeas Forum

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1. ## 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 ...

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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

Some thoughts from using the website today.

1. The search bar is fairly wide but has very little height and also has very little space above or below it. I found myself accidentally clicking on links in my bookmarks bar above the search box on more than one occasion when trying to search.

2. The magnifying glass 'search' element did not intuitively look like a magnifying glass to me…because of the 'iD' text inside it. I initially thought this might be a shortcut to my ORCID profile page. Maybe just having text that says 'Search' or 'Go' would be less…

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Thanks for the suggestions. I’ve passed them on to our development team who are actively working on a new webpage design. We hope to have the new design out in the first quarter of 2016, so check back then.

Best,
-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

• ## Improve Search Options

Please try to improve Search options in 2 ways:
1.- Aspect: show Search box in another locatiom, shape and colours. It's not obvious that this grey line is the Search box.
2.- More fields in Advanced Search: add affiliation and fields combined with Boolean operators
Thanks.

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Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. Since you’ve first submitted this suggestion, we’ve improved the appearance of the search bar, and are now working on the affiliations search. You can follow progress on the Current Development Trello at:
https://trello.com/c/7OywbDz8/3102

In the meantime, we would suggest that those looking into advanced search options also consider using the ORCID Public API. A tutorial is available at:
https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-searching-data-using-api

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

You can test it yourself, accessing the sub-menus is hard

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Hi,

Sorry you had trouble using our menus. We are planning a redesign of how the menus look (and how we have information organized) so this problem should be addressed later in 2015.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Initialized given names in search index & also exposed in API

A data source I am using to discover potential ORCID ids may/may not have initials as given-names. If your Lucene index had an EdgeNGram on given-names, to help accommodate incoming queries that contain abbreviated given-names, this would be immensely useful.

Alternatively, an additional, computed field like "given-name-initials" with EdgeNGram would be equally useful and would not change the behaviour of your existing Solr field, "given-names". A relatively simple regex-based method from https://github.com/berkmancenter/namae/blob/master/lib/namae/name.rb#L178 might prove useful.

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Hi,

Thanks for the suggestion. After discussing this with our development team this looks like something we can do using your initial suggestion of using EdgeNGram on the given-names field.

I’ve added this to our list of projects to get to this year. But our developers are working on a number of other major improvements to the ORCID Registry, so I don’t have an exact timeline as when we’ll get to this.

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

• ## Use https by default

Use https by default (i.e. if the user enters a URL without a protocol such as [1]) do not redirect https URLs such as [2] to http pages. For background, please see [3]-[6]

[1] orcid.org/0000-0001-5882-6823

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Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. We have some progress to report on this.

We now have https as the default for the API and ORCID websites, and are working to include only https links across all sites and automated emails.

We’ve also suggested that the https version of ORCID iDs be the encouraged display format in our iD display guidelines — see more at https://orcid.org/blog/2017/02/16/draft-display-guidelines-ids-articles-open-comment

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Change the text displayed for Private or Limited Access profiles

I'm helping a researcher set up his ORCID record. He has chosen the Limited Access privacy option.

The text that displays in his public profile is:

My suggestion is to change this wording to reflect the privacy settings selected by the profile owner. In this case, the information is added but is not publicly viewable. It would be more helpful to have a message such as:
"This profile is private." OR
"This is a Limited Access profile."

Thanks for considering this suggestion.

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Hi,

Thanks for the suggestion. This is neat idea and something we’ll look into doing in the near future. I’ve added it to our list of projects to get to when our development team has time.

Thanks,
-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 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

http://orcid.org/ it says

12/08/2014

could be 12 August or December 8

use non-ambiguous ISO 8601 format instead. Also avoids bias towards US or European format.

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To update on this iDea: We’ve started development to use ISO 8601 on the orcid.org pages (https://trello.com/c/rRK3Nx5N/3587 ). Let us know if you find other pages on orcid.org which are not using ISO 8601.

We’re reopening this request as we’ve been notified that there are some dates which are not ISO 8601 complaint. We are looking to address this issue.

We’ve thus far found two:
https://orcid.org (news list, right column)
https://orcid.org/statistics

If you see any others on orcid.org or members.orcid.org, please let us know.

(n.b. support.orcid.org is hosted on a third-party service, so we need to investigate whether they can enable ISO-8601 on the forum section of the site.)

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Provide authentication with OpenID Connect

Since plain oauth for accessing the API is primarily for authorization, it would be great to be able to use ORCID as an authentication provider with an open standard as OpenID Connect. Users could then easily log into other research platforms using their ORCID account.

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We are glad to let you know that ORCID is adding support for OpenID and we would like your help testing it.

OpenID Connect is a simple identity layer on top of the OAuth 2.0 protocol. It supplements existing OAuth authentication flows and provides information about users to clients in a well-described manner. ORCID provides the Basic OpenID Provider conformance profile: a new openid scope is available for our beta testers, which can be used as part of the existing authentication flow and will result in an OpenID token being returned with the access token. For further information, see: https://members.orcid.org/api/news/beta-testers-wanted-orcid-openid-connect

We encourage that all interested parties join the beta test to provide feedback. OpenID support is available for both member and public API clients. If you’re interested in helping test OpenID support, please contact support@orcid.org

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## 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