[openbiblio-dev] ORCID Releases Mock API Web Application

Jim Pitman pitman at stat.Berkeley.EDU
Fri Nov 11 17:19:12 UTC 2011

This is a development we should be tracking closely.  Anyone willing to help test the API and
study the code to prepare for leveraging  ORCID capabilities for openbiblio purposes?
I have several million, more or less open, name authority records in mathematics and related fields
(cs, statistics, economics) which I would like to match into ORCID and other name authority sources 
(LOC, VIAF, Microsoft, AuthorClaim, ScienceCard, Google, Freebase, Wikipedia, ....) as soon as feasible to establish open access 
to bulk name authority data as part of the BibSoup effort.  

Thad, I hope you may be able to assist with some of the large scale aspects of this by 
supporting a Google Refine installation which would hook into these sources. 


>From Brian.Wilson at thomsonreuters.com  Fri Nov 11 08:22:23 2011
>To: ORCID TWG Members and Supporters
>Subject: ORCID Releases Mock API Web Application

Dear ORCID TWG Members and Supporters,

We are extremely happy to announce that the ORCID development team has made the first ORCID code release.

The ORCID-Mock-API-Web-Application is ready for people to download and run.   The Github repository for it is open to anybody as of now.

This deployable WAR file provides a full implementation of the "ORCID Phase 1 Query API" (http://goo.gl/ctWlR) which third parties can use in order to start writing clients that require read-only access to the ORCID system. The system includes the ability to query for a researcher's "protected" profile elements though authentication via OAuth2. The big restriction is that, at the moment, this system is not tied to the real back-end database and will only deliver the included hard-coded, fake, ORCID profile.

The development team has confirmed that it is easy to deploy this WAR in a standard servlet container (e.g.  Apache Tomcat 7) and that it works with existing third party OAuth client libraries.  ORCID will soon be (separately) releasing some of the code that he developed in Ruby to serve as further examples.

The WAR is available on Github at:

Please report any issues you encounter with the system here:

General development questions, etc. can be directed to:
devsupport at orcid.org<mailto:devsupport at orcid.org>

The next release of the Mock API WAR will include the ability to deposit/update profiles to the system.

We'd like to thank everyone from the ORCID technical community for their thoughtful contributions to the API specification development, and more generally, for working collaboratively over the past two years to bring an important idea to fruition.  I'll quote Geoff Bilder when noting that our work has contributed to something that, "promises to become foundational scholarly cyberinfrastructure".  In addition, we should thank Mummi Thorisson and the Semantico team for beginning to deliver on our shared vision.  Most importantly, we owe a debt of gratitude to Geoff Bilder who possesses the vision... and stamina... to drive such a broad group of interests to such a promising execution phase.

Please feel free to forward this email to other interested parties.  There have been some changes to our membership that I've tried to adjust in our email list, but if I've left anyone out, or there are others who would like to be included on future mailings, please have them contact me.

Kind regards,
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Chair, ORCID Technical Working Group

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Thomson Reuters
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