ORCID codefest 2013

Hi all,

It’s been a while since we’ve updated you all. Yesterday and today, Alejandra and I participated in the ORCID codefest. ORCID, for those of you who don’t know about it, sets out to create a unique ID for every researcher. Gone will be the days of trying to find your articles online to list it on your web page!

Eamonn's ORCID Profile page.

Eamonn’s ORCID Profile page.

So, what can our projects do with it? We had three ideas:

      1. Use ORCID as a source of information in BioSharing profile pages
      2. Use ORCID information to automatically fill out user profile information in ISAcreator – this won, and Alejandra will be going to CERN in October for the ODIN codefest!
      3. Use ORCIDs in ISA-Tab records to uniquely reference people involved in an investigaton

1 and 2 were implemented in the last day. So, here’s a breakdown of what we did.

1. Use ORCID as a source of information in BioSharing profile pages

User profiles populated from ORCID information.

User profiles populated from ORCID information in BioSharing.

In the above image, we are showing my user profile in BioSharing. Any user can have a profile, and can import their ORCID profile by simply entering their ID. In addition to this, BioSharing profiles also include information about the standards, policies and biodbcore records maintained by the user.

Publication information, with inferred data links and links out to article metrics - shown below.

Publication information, with inferred data links and links out to article metrics – shown below.

Aside from just showing the information from ORCID, we also do something which we think is really useful…automated retrieval of data records in public repositories for each publication. At the minute, we search on ArrayExpress, but can extend this to PRIDE, Metabolights and others soon.

Impact story for an article is made available through the BioSharing interface.

Impact story for an article is made available through the BioSharing interface.

So what’s next? Well we’ll push these changes to the main BioSharing page pretty soon, once everything has undergone considerable testing!

2. Use ORCID information to automatically fill out user profile information in ISAcreator

Alejandra has been working on using ORCID to populate user profiles automatically when creating ISAcreator user profiles.

User information automatically added from ORCID.

User information automatically added from ORCID.

Users can also search ORCID through an interface shown below if they do not know their ORCID.

Search for an ORCID record via a dedicated interface.

Search for an ORCID record via a dedicated interface.

What’s next?

We’ll be extending this, improving it and integrating it as a service for looking up contacts in ISAcreator too (point 3).

Many thanks to the organisers for a great meeting! We really enjoyed this!

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