Ringgold Identifier

Manage Your Data and Drive Success

The Ringgold Identifier was implemented as a key solution in a project undertaken with a major scholarly publisher seeking best practices for the identification and disambiguation of organizational subscribers. It has become one of the most ubiquitous and accepted identifiers in play, used by publishers and intermediaries to uniquely identify each customer and accurately connect their records across all parts of their organization.

Publishers and intermediaries now typically ingest data from multiple sources and house it in separate silos. Without unique identifiers, connecting that data becomes inefficient, and the resulting reports are not authoritative. Connecting all customer data from across your entire enterprise can inform decisions about your interactions with customers and provide information with which you can drive your business. This is the role of the Ringgold ID; to provide you with standardized information, allowing you to connect records effectively.

The Ringgold Identifier is a unique numerical identifier applied to organizations
in the scholarly supply chain

Some examples:

Ringgold ID 9144
Ringgold ID 7891
Ringgold ID 27991
Ringgold ID 33179
Ringgold ID 5072
Ringgold ID 42506
Ringgold ID 1737
Ringgold ID 396788

Ruprecht Karls Universitat Heidelberg; Germany
Heidelberg University, Ohio USA
Universidad de los Andes; Colombia
Universidad de Los Andes; Venezuela
Wellcome Trust
Petrobras – Petroleo Brasileiro SA
EBSCO Industries Inc.
African American Civil War Memorial and Museum

These also show the complexity of organization names, which can easily lead to confusion within a database. We assign a Ringgold ID to each organization when we create its Identify Database record. We include organizations which are part of the scholarly supply chain – licensees, publishers, intermediaries, and funders – as well as those which license and create scholarly content – universities, hospitals, corporations, and government entities. Ringgold IDs are applied in numerical order, that is, the order in which the Identify Record was created. Currently they’re between 4 and 6 digits long.

A simple way to manage the complex world of organizations

Unique identifiers provide two major benefits which cannot be achieved via other methods of standardization:

They Enforce Uniqueness

Many organizations have similar or even identical names. Northeastern University or North Eastern University? Both might subscribe to your journals, but one is in Boston Massachusetts (Ringgold ID 1848) and the other in Khon Kaen, Thailand (Ringgold ID 65143). Even with a normalized name, you – and your data systems – might have trouble telling these two apart if they are not connected to a unique identifier, causing confusion in reports, customer service, and other areas both internally and external to the organization.

Conversely, many organizations are known by more than one name, any of which might appear in your data: Tokyo Ika Daigaku could be listed as an author’s affiliation. By using Ringgold ID 13112 you can easily understand that it’s the same Tokyo Medical University which is found among your subscriber listings. (Ringgold has researchers in 35 countries, who are experts in the world’s languages, to ensure our information is accurate.)

Publishers typically have multiple internal data systems in which information about the same organization is likely to reside: fulfillment, authentication, financial, editorial, and more. By using unique numerical identifiers, a single data element can be used to join these records definitively, regardless of how the name of the organization is rendered.

Enable Linking of Data

How can you apply Ringgold Identifiers to your records? Contact us for more information.

>> See also Audit Services and Identify Database

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