ORCID using Ringgold as Registration Agency

Bethesda, MD and Beaverton, OR, USA.

ORCID has entered into an agreement with Ringgold to provide its database of institutional entities and associated unique institutional identifiers, in the form of Ringgold IDs and the forthcoming ISNI numbers. These unique organizational identifiers will be used to support the accurate and persistent identification of researcher institutional affiliations in the ORCID Registry.

ORCID provides researchers with the ability to obtain a unique ID which distinguishes a researcher from others and allows for accurate attribution of research output. The new agreement with Ringgold has numerous benefits to the research community:

  • Researchers can accurately state their institutional affiliations and keep them up to date
  • Research organizations can reduce the time-consuming process of maintaining up-to-date affiliation records and streamline access to institutional resources for their staff
  • Funders will be able to more easily track where the research they support is carried out
  • Publishers will be able to streamline the manuscript submission process and provide vital information for the automation of Article Publication Charges in open access journals.

Laure Haak, Executive Director of ORCID said: “ORCID’s mission is to support the connection of research and researchers.  Open research data exchange standards are critical for system interoperability, and we are pleased to be working with Ringgold to provide ISNI organizational identifiers in the ORCID Registry.”

Laura Cox, Chief Marketing Officer of Ringgold said: “We are delighted to be working with such an important industry organization as ORCID. By including institutional identifiers in the ORCID Registry, there is a huge benefit to all concerned in scholarly communications. This important development will enable data mapping between different organizations and also the data held in systems within those organizations.”


ORCID (http://orcid.org) is an open, non-profit, community-driven organisation that provides a registry of unique and persistent researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and affiliations to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to connect disciplines, research sectors, and nations and its cooperation with other identifier systems.

About Ringgold

Ringgold (www.ringgold.com) has created a process for the identification of institutions and the relationships between organisations. Each institutional entity has been assigned its own unique Ringgold ID, which is mapped to the organisational hierarchy and a range of classification metadata.  Ringgold provides two main services, Identify – a database of over 360,000 organisations with Ringgold IDs and associated metadata and CDO – a directory of over 400 library consortia world-wide which licence online content. Ringgold is also developing services to publishers to enhance the discovery of scholarly books and e-books, called ProtoView, whereby it summarises the content of books and provides them along with enhanced standard metadata directly to a wide range of discovery channels, including a website for librarians.

For more information contact info@ringgold.com

Also see: this story on ORCID’s blog.