How ROR is updated
Requesting additions and changes
Anyone can request for a new organization to be added to ROR or for an existing ROR record to be changed via a public curation request form, which is linked to from each ROR record in the browser-based ROR search. You do not need to be affiliated with an organization to suggest changes to the organization’s record in ROR, since each request is evaluated on its own merits by ROR curators. Read more about how the registry is curated.
Before asking for a new organization to be added to ROR, be sure to search https://ror.org/search to see if it already exists.
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, if necessary, by the volunteer ROR Curation Advisory 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.
ROR curation activities are openly available n the ror-updates GitHub repository. 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
Update frequency and process
Changes to the ROR registry are made in batches and added to new versions of the entire registry, which are then released at least once a month, usually twice a month. An individual request therefore can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to appear in the registry. When a new version of the ROR registry is released, the data is immediately available in the ROR search interface, in the ROR API, and in 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. Join the ROR Tech Forum to receive announcements of each new release.
Changes made in registry releases
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.
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
lng(longitude) and removal of the value in the
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