http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/223698-how-do-i-get-the-public-data-file describes how the public data part of all ORCID profiles are made available for bulk download - through the ORCID Public Data File. The data kept here has a potentially great value to local publication metadata databases. Having an automated way of keeping a local copy of these publicly available data in sync with the authorative orcid.org version would be great. Currently, however, * The Public Data File seems to be updated annually * download require following a link, register your information (including email) and dig out a download link from an email send to you. * using the 2013-version requires untar'ing, which brings you two directories (xml/ and json/) with 800K++ small profile files in each, one for each ORCID * checking for updates/changes/additions when the 2014 version is released will require some more or less clever scripting/comparison I suggest a) exposing public ORCID data for automated syncronization using a standard protocol - such as OAI-PMH (http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/openarchivesprotocol.html) or ResourceSync (http://www.openarchives.org/rs/toc) b) keep this exposure current, so that all changes to public ORCID data are sync'able immediately when they are committed (or shortly after), and not only annually Cheers, Christian Tønsberg DTU Library
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