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

Where is the data sourced from?

The aim of OrgRef is to aggregate relevant data which is free and open from a variety of online resources, but initially almost all of the OrgRef data has been sourced from either Wikipedia or ISNI, via a combination of automated crawling and manual spot-checking.

The dataset has not been researched and compiled 'by hand', nor will that happen in future. The aim of the project is to collect and share existing open data which is already "out there", not to compile a new resource from scratch.

Which fields are in the dataset, and what do they mean?

The following table documents each field in the OrgRef dataset:

Name The name of the organization. The precise name form used is in most cases derived from the relevant Wikipedia article title.
Country ISO country code.
State United States state code. Note that this field is currently only populated for US organizations. We are working on adding state information for other countries.
Level This states 'Org' for primary organizations, 'Grp' for groupings of organizations (e.g. systems and consortia), or 'Sub' for subsidiaries (e.g. departments and faculties). Note that linking information for related organizations in the dataset is not yet available.
Wikipedia English Wikipedia page link, where known.
Wikidata Wikidata page link, where known.
VIAF VIAF page link. Note that not every organization in the dataset has a VIAF link, but we are working on improving coverage.
ISNI ISNI page link. Note that not every organization in the dataset has an ISNI link, but we are working on improving coverage.
GRID GRID page link. Note that not every organization in the dataset has a GRID link, but we are working on improving coverage.
Website URL of the organization's own website, where known.
ID Unique ID for each record in the OrgRef dataset. In many cases we have re-used the numeric ID from Wikipedia as the OrgRef ID, although that is not always the case, and it is not safe to assume that the OrgRef ID and the Wikipedia ID always match.