How is ROR updated?

ROR includes identifiers and metadata for more than 100,000 research organizations.

To see which organizations are already included in the registry, you can:

How to suggest additions and changes to ROR

Anyone can suggest additions or updates to ROR records via a public request form. You do not need to be affiliated with an organization to suggest changes to the organization’s record in ROR. Read more about how the registry is curated.

Community-based curation model

ROR uses a community-based curation model to maintain the registry.

After a registry request is submitted, the proposed change is reviewed by ROR’s metadata curation lead and community curation board to ensure it is in scope and in line with ROR’s metadata policies.

Approved changes are assigned to a future release and the records go through a metadata preparation process and schema validation check before they are deployed on the ROR production site and made available in the ROR API and data dump.

The curation process is openly available on Github. Anyone can follow along with the curation process by watching individual issues in the Github repository and following their progress on the ROR Updates tracker

How often is ROR updated?

Registry data is updated on a rolling basis and made available in the search interface, API, and data dump. New releases are available approximately every month. Read the release notes for a summary of what’s in each release.

How do I find what has changed in each release of the ROR registry?

Every new release of the ROR registry updates the records in both the ROR API and the public ROR data dump on Zenodo. Learn how to download the data dump programmatically.

To see which records were added or modified in in a given release, see the ROR release notes on GitHub. Release notes for each release give a summary of the changes, the number of records added, the number of records modified, and a full list of added and modified records.

What kind of changes are in each release?

Each new release of the ROR registry is different, but typically a new release includes modifications and additions requested by the public. The ROR curation lead and community curation board also initiate quality assurance and metadata reconciliation projects that result in new and updated records.

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Changes to geographical information in updated records

Some geographical information in ROR comes from the GeoNames geographical database. When a ROR record is updated for any reason, geographical information from GeoNames is also updated, which can result in changes in other fields. Common examples include alteration of the values in fields lat (latitude) and lng (longitude) and removal of the value in the state_code field.


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