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Published August 24, 2017 | Version v2
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Aligned ISNI and Ringgold identifiers for institutions

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This dataset provides a correspondence between ISNI and Ringgold identifiers, by combining two datasets:

  1. Open ISNI for Institutions, available at , which provides metadata for institutions identified by ISNI.
  2. The dataset of institutions used by ORCID for disambiguation, which also comes from Ringgold, but exposes Ringgold ids.

The alignment between the two datasets was performed by exact matching on tuples of (name,city,region,country). This very conservative matching succeeds for about 75% of the 400 000 institutions covered: this high matching rate can be explained by the fact that both datasets come from the same database. Not all Ringgold identifiers are recovered, because ORCID also uses Fundref institutions, and autocompletion can fail for certain names.

Structure of the dataset

  • ringgold_metadata_from_orcid.json provides one JSON payload per line, each representing a disambiguated institutition from ORCID, with its Ringgold identifier if provided by ORCID
  • aligned_ringgold_and_isni.tsv provides the aligned dataset, containing all ISNI records and all matching Ringgold records. The Ringgold records that were not matched are not included in this file.


Quoting Ringgold: "The use of the ISNI data contained herein is completely open and you may utilise and share the ISNI identifiers as you see fit."

Quoting ORCID: "Per our agreement with Ringgold, we are allowed to share the Ringgold identifiers and limited metadata (organization name, location) under CC0 license, just as the rest of ORCID data are available. We would not be using Ringgold otherwise. If someone gets a Ringgold ID out of ORCID, they are free to use it."



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