Glossary of terms used in Identify Online

See also Identify Database Editorial Policy
See also: Identify Database Metadata Elements


Alternate Name – former names, acronyms, AKA’s, common names, English translations if record is non-English, abbreviations.

Basic or advanced search – searches defined by the user which can be output to screen or spreadsheet.

Basic subscription summary report – subscriber counts by products, then country.

City – the location of the organization; the postal city not street address.

Consortia subscriptions report – subscription counts showing the subscribing and non-subscribing members within each consortium.

Country – the location of the organization, provided as the ISO3166 2 digit country code. See Country Codes for full list.

Gap analysis report – non-subscribers and subscribers for each selected type within selected countries and types

ISNI – International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) is an ISO standard (ISO 27729) that identifies public identities of individuals and organizations. More about Ringgold and ISNI numbers here.

Market penetration report – subscribers and non-subscribers within a particular country. Statistical information and pie-charts.

Notes – free text notes in an Identify Record. Can contain information about mergers, closures, etc.

Organization Name – the legal name in the native language or transliteration to Latin characters.

OFR ID – Open Funder Registry identifier (CrossRef), a common taxonomy of over 11,000 funding body names

Post code – postal code or zip code part of the mailing address of the organization in the format used in each country.

Sector – classification category of our Types: Academic, Corporate, Government, Hospital, Other, Public, School.

Size – For academic institutions this is the number of students. Where possible FTE figures are used. For all other kinds of organization, size represents the total number of employees.

Staff – For academic institutions this is number of faculty members or teachers. For all other kinds of organization it is the number of professionals of predominant interest (e.g. lawyers, faculty, researchers, and teachers). This figure is a subset of size, with the exception of student and faculty figures. Where possible FTE figures are used.

Standard report – predefined reports with output options of on screen or PDF prints.

State – available in Identify Online for the following countries only at the moment; USA, Canada.

Ringgold Identifier – Ringgold IDs are numeric, unique and sequentially assigned. They contain between four and six digits, but there is no limit to the number of digits, and the individual digits do not signify anything. Ringgold IDs are not recycled, so the number for a record which is deleted is never used again.

Ringgold Tier – applied to every organization in the Identify Database, a Ringgold Tier indicates industry sector, size and type of the organization. Full list of Ringgold Tiers.

Ringgold Type – the Ringgold Type classification has been specifically developed to categorize organizations worldwide. The Ringgold Type classification has two parts: sector/subject or type.  The first part before the / will give an indication of the sector of the organization: academic, consortium, corporate, government (central government), hospital, other (non-profit institutions), public (local government), school. The part after the / gives an indication of the subject or type of the organization. A full list of Ringgold Types can be found here.

URL – main domain, sub-domain or specific department URL. Long strings are not used and ‘http’ is not included.


See also: Identify Database Editorial Policy
See also: Identify Database Metadata Elements


What if I need more help? If you require clarification on any aspects of using our products and services please do not hesitate to contact us. In addition, extra training can be provided online or in person.

Email your enquiries to, or Skype us at ‘ringgoldinc’