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FundRef Widget

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A number of Crossref members have told us that they are struggling with implementing a usable FundRef data collection user interface in their content management systems. To that end, we have worked with some user interface consultants to come up with a “FundRef reference widget” that illustrates some of the considerations one has to take into account when collecting FundRef data.

Specifically the FundRef widget illustrates how to:

  1. Autocomplete on FundRef registry names
  2. Handle multiple funders
  3. Handle multiple award numbers
  4. Handle sub-organizations
  5. Handle funding agencies that have the same name, but are in different locations (e.g. “Academy of Sciences”)
  6. Handle sub-organizations that have the same name, but different parent organizations (e.g. “Division of Physics”)
  7. Query the FundRef API to make sure your FundRef Registry list is always current
  8. Allow users to manually enter a funding agency if it is not already included in the FundRef registry.

The FundRef widget source is posted on Github and is released under an open source license (MIT). We encourage anybody implementing the FundRef registry to either use the Widget as-is or base their own UX on the widget.

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Last modified: 2017-02-10.