Ringgold expands its descriptive metadata set with a new classification system for records in the Identify Database

6th October 2015. Beaverton, OR. Ringgold has greatly expanded the descriptive metadata associated with the records in the Identify Database by developing a new classification system in consultation with customers.

Ringgold began the process of expanding its dataset by consulting with customers about the way in which they wanted to use and classify their own records for the benefit of their business. A schema was then developed by Ringgold for the Identify Database that included nine new areas of classification, each providing a high degree of granularity. The Identify Classification Data has now been applied to all records in the Academic sector (more than 40% of Identify) apart from the schools records. The new data will not replace the existing classifications, but will serve to greatly enhance the depth and utility of the Identify data and increase value for customers.

The nine new areas of classification include:

  • Economic Model
  • Governance – the way the organization is managed
  • Reach – geographical scope of the organization
  • Mission – what the organization is trying to achieve and what its purpose is
  • Granular Subjects – five hierarchical subject levels and over 800 subjects
  • Self-Description – how an organization describes itself
  • Fixed Hierarchy Level – nine Ringgold levels
  • Activity Status – whether an organization is active or not
  • Number of Sites – single or multiple

We are very pleased to confirm that we have now completed the Beta Testing of the Identify Classification Data and that Identify Database subscribers will now receive them as part of their weekly database exports; the classifications are now also included as part of the Identify Audit files.

Laura Cox, President commented: “Ringgold is delighted to announce the release of this new expanded metadata, carefully added by our team of expert researchers. The feedback from customers involved in alpha and beta testing so far has been extremely positive and we are now confident that the extension of our metadata will add to the depth and utility of the Identify database”.

About Ringgold

Ringgold supports a scholarly supply chain where information and data about subscribers, authors, readers, and content is able to flow easily and without confusion. With the Identify Database and affiliated services, Ringgold provides unique and persistent identifiers and authoritative quantitative and qualitative metadata on institutions from every market sector involved in scholarly and academic communications globally. Ringgold’s ProtoView service enhances the discovery of scholarly works by creating and disseminating abstracts and standard metadata via an extensive distribution network. Our clients utilize Ringgold’s services to improve internal data governance, increase discoverability of published works, and maximize the potential of their data. For additional information, visit www.ringgold.com.