ORCiD tools – who’s claiming what?

One of the things we’ve discovered from talking with data-centres is that for many datasets they have scant author metadata, with little more that an institution name attributed. They’ve love the ability to pull claims information out of ORCiD and use it to selectively enrich their own metadata, thus completing a “virtuous circle” of integration. They’re also very interested in usage statistics and tracking the penetration of ORCiD within their own user-base.

Until now it’s been difficult for data-centres to access this information – it required coding against the ORCiD search API. Until recent changes in the ORCiD API, if the data-centre was using non-DOI identifiers then it was not just hard to do, but impossible. With that in mind, we’ve developed a tool that makes it really easy for them to do so using a simple interface, without having to implement any code.

The tool was initially developed to work with one of the ODIN partners data services, EThOS, and forms part of the same application. It’s freely accessible on the web and the code is open source. The underlying interactions with ORCiD are managed by a separate open source library that was also developed by an ODIN partner.

The tool can be found at http://ethos-orcid-appspot.com/search and the source code at https://github.com/TomDemeranville/orcid-update-java


Reporting from the CERN codesprint and first year conference

The ODIN first year conference and codesprint event held at CERN October 15-17 marked the end of a successful first year of the project.



The codesprint

The CERN codesprint was the first of several hands-on technical workshop scheduled in ODIN. The event took place Oct 15-16 and was attended by 20 experts, from both ODIN partners and from external organizations not directly involved in the project.

The group decided to focus their energies on four projects, chosen from a longer list of candidate projects (see figure). All projects are summarized on the codesprint page, including links to project code shared via Github.


The first year conference

The conference immediately followed the codesprint and lasted one full day, on 17th of October. The first part of the programme comprised an update from DataCite and ORCID and a summary of the first results from the project. The majority of the programme, however, was devoted to presentations from external speakers representing a diverse group of stakeholder organizations.

The full conference programme and links to all presenter slides is available on the event website.


Both conference and codesprint are covered in more detail in deliverable D2.3 First year communication report.

Promoting and encouraging data citation.

Over on the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog, Rachael Kotarski writes about various aspects of data citation:

As part of the Opportunities for Data Exchange (ODE) project, we investigated data citation and the ways in which data centres, publishers, libraries and researchers can encourage better data citation. What does ‘better data citation’ look like and how do we encourage it to happen? We examined three aspects of current practice in order to answer this question:

How data is cited?
What data is cited?
Where is data cited within the article?

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Update on Oct codesprint and 1st year conference

We are now only 2 1/2 months away from the first major ODIN community event. The combined codesprint and 1st year conference which mark the half-way point of the 2-year project will take place over three days October 15-17, hosted by ODIN partners CERN.

As we draw closer to the event date, the various logistical pieces are clicking into place one by one. Check the event page for the latest information, including the tentative programme, a list of confirmed speakers, accommodation and more:



Coding with confidence

The codesprint part of the event is a 1 1/2 day-and-night hands-on technical workshop. Participants from several ODIN partner organizations and external experts will come together to pool their resources and work on coding projects. These projects will demonstrate the potential of the identifier “awareness layer” which is at the heart of ODIN’s mission.

See this page for a provisional list of codesprint projects.

We will have more to say about the specific goals and practicalities for the codesprint in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, feel free to register, to contact us with questions, and/or to leave suggestions about additional projects.


Engaging with the community

The final day of the event is a conventional plenary-style conference open to all, where ODIN partners will present results from the first half of the 2-year project and receive feedback from the community. In addition to ODIN partners themselves, representatives from numerous stakeholder organizations will attend and present, including CrossRef, CERIF/EuroCRIS, UK DataService, PLoS and others.

A provisional schedule for the conference is available here.


Date with a supercollider

The LHC (credit: http://www.universetoday.com)

For those of us who have not visited CERN before, one item in the event programme looks particularly exciting: a guided tour of the massive Large Hadron Collider facility which our hosts at CERN have organized.


Data citation tracking and ORCiDs in Europe PMC

Europe PMC launches ORCID integration and new data citation tracking functionality for the life sciences literature, based on database accession numbers and persistent data DOI names. 

Europe PubMed Central is a central repository for the life science literature established in 2006, in collaboration with the original US PubMed Central. A major aspect of Europe PMC is its relationship with the rich collection of biological databases operated by EMBL-EBI. The Europe PMC team recently announced a major new feature for tracking data citations in the literature:

It is now possible to search for papers that cite database records for several core life science databases, such as the European Nucleotide Archive, ArrayExpress, and PDB, as well as dataset DOIs used by, for example, Figshare and Dryad.

As well as searching the Europe PMC website, RSS feeds can also be created to alert you when a particular dataset or data type has been cited. See the Europe PMC website for more information. The methods used to identify these data citations are reported in a recent PLoS One article, available in Europe PMC: http://europepmc.org/articles/PMC3667078.

The SOAP and RESTful web services also support these searches.

In other news: Jo McEntyre reported at the Dryad/ORCID meeting last May that the Europe PMC team has been hard at work building ORCID integration into the repository. This functionality is now live, read more on the ORCID blog and the Europe PMC blog.

New ORCID-integrated data citation tool

We are pleased to announce the beta launch of a new service for searching and claiming works in DataCite:

datacite_orcid_integrationThe tool enables users to search the DataCite Metadata Store for their works, and subsequently to add (or claim) those research outputs – including datasets, software, and other types – to their ORCID profile. This should increase the visibility of these research outputs, and will make it easier to use these data citations in applications that connect to the ORCID Registry – ImpactStory is one of several services already doing this.

The new service also provides formatted citations in several popular citation styles, supports COinS, links to related resources, and displays the attached Creative Commons license where this information is available. In addition to datasets, the DataCite Metadata Store of course also contains many text documents from academic publishers and services such as figshare or PeerJ Preprints, and these works can also be claimed.

This tool is created by ORCID-EU as part of Work Package 4 – Interoperability, with major input by Karl Ward (CrossRef) and Sebastian Peters (DataCite). The source code is a fork of the code for CrossRef’s Metadata Search written by Karl Ward and is available at https://github.com/mfenner/cr-search.

We encourage everyone to sign in with their ORCiD and try out the new tool. Any feedback on problems or usability issues would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Martin and Mummi with feedback.

The service is at early beta stage still, so please expect minor bugs and user interface glitches. The official launch will be at the joint Dryad/ORCID Meeting May 23 in Oxford, where we will present the work and brainstorm ideas for future work with fellow developers at the Codefest. 

Save the date: ORCID Codefest and other events in Oxford May 23-24

ODIN partners ORCID and Dryad will be busy in the month of May organizing a cluster of meetings on contributor identifiers and data publication, including a Codefest for developers under the theme Connections.

All events will take place at St Anne’s College in Oxford, United Kingdom:

May 23rd:  biannual ORCID Outreach meeting + symposium on research attribution (the latter is held joint with Dryad)
May 23rd to 24th: hackathon / Codefest for developers working on ORCID client integration

The Codefest registration page is here:.

Meet ORCID technical staff, learn about our development resources, and bring your ideas for ORCID tools.  The theme will be Connections, focusing on mash ups with the ORCID API. The CodeFest will start just after the ORCID Outreach meeting.

More info on all events here.  

Dates set for ODIN codesprint and 1st year conference

Interested in putting data sharing and re-use into practice? Save the dates for the ODIN codesprint and conference in October 2013 at CERN and join us in connecting the missing bits and pieces in Open Science!

Supported by a lot of caffeine, you can dig into the details of DataCite and ORCID APIs during a 1,5 day and night codesprint. Results from the sprint will be presented at the ODIN 1st year “Big Bang” public conference where you can engage with cutting edge leaders in the field of data sharing and re-use services.

Mark these dates in your calender:

Codesprint: Oct 15th & 16th (Tue & Wed)
ODIN public conference: Oct 17th (Thu)

See the event page where further details will be posted as they become available.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions you have. We’re looking forward to meeting you in October!