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ORCID uses Ringgold as ISNI registration agency

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Ringgold is providing its database of institutional entities and associated unique institutional identifiers to the ORCID project. The identifiers from Ringgold, in the form of Ringgold IDs and the forthcoming ISNI numbers, 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 is said to provide numerous benefits to the research community. It should help researchers to state their institutional affiliations accurately and keep them up to date. It should also help research organisations to reduce the time-consuming process of maintaining up-to-date affiliation records and streamline access to institutional resources for their staff.

In addition, funders should be able to track more easily where the research they support is carried out. Publishers will also 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 organisational identifiers in the ORCID Registry.'

Laura Cox, chief marketing officer of Ringgold, said: 'We are delighted to be working with such an important industry organisation 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 organisations and also the data held in systems within those organisations.'