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About OrgRef

Please note that, as of March 2018, OrgRef is no longer being actively maintained. Read more

OrgRef is an open dataset which is free for anyone to use. It extracts structured information about organizations from Wikipedia, ISNI and other open resources. It's not yet another standard: it simply collates data which is already "out there".

OrgRef aims to cover the most important academic and research organizations worldwide, sharing basic metadata about each one (e.g. name, country, URL) along with standard IDs from Wikidata, ISNI and VIAF, where possible.

OrgRef was created with publishers in mind, and so its main focus is on institutions involved with academic content: universities, colleges, schools, hospitals, government agencies and companies involved in research.

For a publisher, reference data about organizations is really important:

  • it supports the cleaning and standardization of your own customer data;
  • it can highlight potential new customers you aren't currently aware of;
  • it provides common IDs for better supply chain communications.

OrgRef is managed and maintained for the benefit of the publishing community by DataSalon. The dataset itself is free and open. DataSalon also offer a range of related commercial services for matching, connecting and analyzing OrgRef in combination with a publisher's own customer data.

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