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Connecting people, places and things


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By Jay Henry
Presented at the Council of Science Editors Annual Meeting, May 2014

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Connecting people, places and things

  1. 1. Council of Science Editors May 5, 2014
  2. 2. What We Will Cover 1.Who is Ringgold? 2.The case for institutional identifiers  What they are  How they help
  3. 3. Smoothing the supply chain
  4. 4. Background and History Ringgold acquires Frontline GMS Ltd and Consortium Directory Online. Laura Cox joins as V.P. Sales & Marketing. Identify reaches 200,000 records. 2011 2003 Identify database created via project with OUP. Ringgold Inc and Ltd established. 3,500 records in Identify database. 2005 2006 Ringgold joins forces with British Library, Swets, HighWire, OUP and Rockefeller University Press in pilot project to apply identifiers to subscribing institutions in UK. Identify database grows to 15,000 records. Ringgold begins licensing institutional IP data from Ingenta's global access control system. 60,000 records in Identify. 2008 2009 Ringgold creates strategic partnership with DataSalon to combine Identify database with MasterVision platform. 100,000 records in Identify. 2012 Ringgold becomes first contracted ISNI Registration Agency for Institutions. Identify database reaches 345,000 records. Ringgold acquires Book News Inc.
  5. 5. What We Do Scholarly Institutions. Connected. Identify Database Consortium Directory Online Audit/Data normalization services Scholarly Information. Discovered. ProtoView: Supporting discovery, purchase, and use of scholarly content with standardized metadata
  6. 6. How identifiers help Proper understanding of the customer, whether author, reader or institution Provides a simple basis for wider data governance: Data governance, as defined at Ringgold, is the processes, policies, standards, organization, and technologies required to manage and ensure the availability, accessibility, quality, consistency, auditability, and security of data.
  7. 7. What are standard identifiers?  Numeric or alpha-numeric persistent designations associated with a single entity  Entities can be an institution, person, or piece of content
  8. 8. …and what do they do, exactly? Disambiguate, aka enforce uniqueness Enable linking, aka data integration In other words, they provide a simple basis for data governance
  9. 9. Enforcing Uniqueness Means: Disambiguating things that have the same name, but are actually different… UCL:  University College London (UK)  Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)  Universidad Cristiana Latinoamericana (Ecuador)  University College Lillebælt (Denmark)  Centro Universitario Celso Lisboa (Brazil)  Union County Library (USA)  NPL:  National Physical Laboratory (UK)  National Physical Laboratory (India)  York University  University of York (UK)  York University (Canada)  Northeastern University:  Northeastern University (Boston, USA)  Northeastern University (Shenyang, China)
  10. 10. ….. And consolidating the things that have different names but are actually the same University of Oxford Univ. Oxford Oxford University Library, Oxford Univ. Radcliffe Science Library Bodleian Library Bodleian, Oxford Oxford, University of University of Northampton  Northampton Business School  School of Education  School of Health  School of Science and Technology  Division of Computing  Division of Engineering  Environmental & Geographical Sciences  Institute for Creative Leather Technologies  School of Social Sciences  School of The Arts
  11. 11. Why is disambiguation important? Uniquely identify institutions within records Eradicate duplication of data Ensure correct delivery, entitlements, access rights, fees Better understand your customer base and relationships with institutions Map institutions into their hierarchy or “family tree” So that you can trust your data
  12. 12. Data integration, or linking Identifiers are a single data element that provides an unambiguous “hook” into a record
  13. 13. What can you do with linked data? Using Institutional Identifiers to link internal systems: Break down silos Keep data up-to-date and systems synchronised Enable staff to use data more effectively Simplify data transmission Improve overall data quality
  14. 14. Linking author and institution IDs When authors and their affiliations are linked correctly, publishers gain: Market intelligence about authors and institutions Author and subscriber information mapped together Knowledge of where research funding is concentrated Reduction in time taken calculating open access charges (APCs) Institutions gain information about their overall research output Funders gain information about where authors reside and publish Readers benefit from improved search and discovery
  15. 15. The supply chain Consortium Author Submission and Peer Review System Publisher Technology Partner Subscription Agent or Sales Agent Fulfilment House or System Library Discovery Service WSDs End User Data Syndication Targets Consortium Societies FundersCitation
  16. 16. The supply chain Consortium Submission and Peer Review System Technology Partner Subscription Agent or Sales Agent Fulfilment House or System End User Consortium Societies FundersCitation
  17. 17. The supply chain using identifiers Consortium
  18. 18. The supply chain using identifiers Consortium
  19. 19. The supply chain using identifiers Consortium
  20. 20. A Final Thought
  21. 21. Free text is the death of good data
  22. 22. Jay Henry Chief Marketing Officer 503.421.1314 ProtoView: Jean Brodahl Publisher Relations - ProtoView Tel: 503.239.7540 Identify: Christine Orr North American Sales Director Tel: 540.359.6620