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  1. 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.

    Happy to advise further.

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

      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

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

        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

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

          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?

          Many thanks for your interest.

          Warm regards,
          ORCID Community Team

        • use ISO 8601 on the home page

          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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            3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            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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              11 comments  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                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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                  0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow authors to list related work (e.g. a dataset or supplementary material) under a publication in a related works or tabbed section.

                  At the moment every work shows up the same. It would be great if you could link subsidiary or related works under a publication, for example, a link to the Dryad or Figshare source for the underlying data or to a preprint repository for an author manuscript.

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                    This is a great suggestion and one that’s in our long term plan. In addition to linking works we want to be able to link funding items that may have support the works and create other connections between items on an ORCID record. While we won’t be able to add this soon as we have so much other functionality we’re working on, this is part of the plan for ORCID.

                    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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                      1 comment  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hi,

                      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 http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/132271-retrieving-data-with-the-public-api

                      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

                    • Allow a sole inventor listed on a patent to chose "inventor" rather than "co-inventor" or "other inventor" which are the only options listed

                      Lots of inventions have a sole inventor. "other inventor" just sounds strange. "co-inventor" is just incorrect.

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

                        Just to give an update on this:
                        Presently one is unable to specify one’s contributorship on the ORCID record manually, although this still appears in our XSD.

                        We have revisiting contributor roles as one of our 2017 goals and hope to have an update on this and related issues within the year (see: https://trello.com/c/mBcwieED/10 ).

                        Warm regards,
                        ORCID Community Team

                      • 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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                          1 comment  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            0 comments  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            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

                          • 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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                              1 comment  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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

                              • Make the works editing page a full page, not a popup window, or autosave the manual works entry

                                Currently, the works editing page appears as a popup window with the left/right margins grayed out. But it is not clear. And if you click in either of these gray margins, the work you are currently editing disappears with all changes lost. Perhaps include a pop-up window (that appears when you click outside of the editing box) warning you you are about to lose all unsaved info? Or maybe autosave changes? Or perhaps make the editing page a whole page and not just a popup page.

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

                                  Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. We are sorry to hear that you are having issues with the manual works entry form.

                                  We recommend that you use the Search and Links wizards to add works in order to avoid any potential issues related to manual data entry and ensure that an identifier is linked to the work. Identifiers are used to group works on the ORCID record and are read by systems that connect with ORCID in order to get full metadata about the work.

                                  We would like to improve the manual entry forms in our future cycles and are therefore marking this iDea as planned. We’ll update the iDea with more information as we begin development.

                                  Warm regards,
                                  ORCID Community Team

                                • Oauth2 scope to allow ORCID/end-user to grant field level access to an API

                                  Currently ORCID end-users must grant an API either all/none access to their data based on pre-existing security/privacy settings. Please allow the Oauth2 "scope" parameter to "request" access to specific data elements which the ORCID/end-user could then say yes/no to on a per-request (authorization) basis.

                                  This is successfully done in the Facebook Oauth2 implementation:

                                  https://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/dialogs/oauth/

                                  scope: A comma separated list of permission names which you would like people to grant your app. Only the permissions people have not already granted your app will be shown

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                                    2 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Just to give an update on this:
                                    We are still working on the process to request piecemeal access to scopes.

                                    In the meantime, to address a question raised in comments about email access:

                                    The majority of email addresses on ORCID records are set to private, meaning that even obtaining /read-limited access would not allow the client to read email addresses on an ORCID record.

                                    We are currently working on a process to allow clients to request read access to email addresses, even if they are set to private on the ORCID record. The researcher will be able to uncheck this box to deny the client permission to read their email address, whilst allowing other permissions.

                                    You can follow our developmental progress on this at our Current Development Trello:
                                    https://trello.com/c/W9rPpV4v/2501

                                    As always, let us know your feedback here or at support@orcid.org

                                    Warm regards,
                                    ORCID Community Team

                                  • 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

                                    • 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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                                        0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve delivery of the public data file

                                        The public data file is currently published as an uncompressed tar file that contains two copies of the data: one in XML and one in JSON.

                                        To save on bandwidth I suggest that you:

                                        * Publish two separate files, one for each format. Users then only need to retrieve the data file they need, its very unlikely someone will want both formats.
                                        * Compress the tar file using gzip

                                        I'm not sure what your plans for updating the file, but I'd suggest that you keep some historical copies to allow some analysis, e.g. on growth of number of ORCIDs, etc.

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                                          0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Capture Book Sections correctly

                                          If I transfer a book section from ResearcherID to ORCID the former editors of the book become co-authors.

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

                                            Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                            This involves two items:
                                            1. Contributor roles in the ORCID Registry; and
                                            2. Transfer of data between ResearcherID and ORCID.

                                            We have as a part of our 2017 goals addressing contributorship on the ORCID Registry as a part of implementing project CRedIT on ORCID records (see: https://trello.com/c/mBcwieED/10 ). At that point, systems which connect to ORCID to send and receive data, including ResearcherID, will be able to benefit from a standard method of indicating — or reading indications of — a researcher’s role on the ORCID record.

                                            We look forward to sharing more information on our progress in the near future.

                                            Warm regards,
                                            ORCID Community Team

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