Ringgold Tiers are applied to every record in the Identify Database. A Ringgold Tier indicates industry sector and relative scope. The Ringgold Tier has two parts: sector and scope. The first part before the / will give an indication of the sector of the organization: Academic & Schools, Corporate, Government (central government), Health, Medical, Non-profit institutions, Public (local government). The part after the / gives an indication of the scope of the institution. For other tiers click here.

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Ringgold Tier
Description
Examples
Associated Ringgold Types

A1

Education establishments teaching to the end of K12, including preschools, kindergarten, nursery school, elementary, primary, middle and high schools and sixth-form colleges, and school districts and local authorities running education at this level including special schools for the disadvantaged

Charter Public School, Palmer High School, Lutheran School for the Deaf, National Council For Special Education

school, school/library, school/special; public/edu

A2

Community colleges, technical colleges and colleges of further education (CFEs). Includes vocational subjects, and covers both K12 and older age groups. Institutions in this tier do not grant degrees

Aiken Technical College, Empire State College, Scheepvaart en Transport College, Institute for Adult Learning

academic, academic/ag, biosci, bus, campus, chem, earth, econ, eng, gen, history, lang, law, library, math, mil, music, physics, psych, religion, social, sport, tech

A3

Smaller non-PHD universities, and their faculties and departments, which grant degrees and masters degrees, but not doctorates. These institutions carry out very little research

Kabarak University, American Pacific University, A3 department

academic, academic/ag, biosci, bus, campus, chem, earth, econ, eng, gen, history, lang, law, library, math, mil, music, physics, psych, religion, social, sport, tech

A4

Universities which grant doctorates, and carry out significant amounts of research, and their faculties and departments. They may have a large number of students, but are in this tier because of their research activities

Harvard University, Imperial College London, Universitat Kassel Institut fur Biologie

academic, academic/ag, biosci, bus, campus, chem, earth, econ, eng, gen, history, lang, law, library, math, mil, music, physics, psych, religion, social, sport, tech

A5

Large non-PHD universities with 20,000+ students, and their associated faculties and departments, and distance learning universities

Kaplan University, Amity University, Open University, distance learning

academic, academic/ag, biosci, bus, campus, chem, earth, econ, eng, gen, history, lang, law, library, math, mil, music, physics, psych, religion, social, sport, tech

A6

An administrative grouping of teaching institutions, universities or colleges, usually covering a large region or state

University of California System, UniverSud Paris

academic/system, library

C1

Commercial organizations, operating in one state or area within a country, with up to 200 staff

Chembiotech Laboratories Ltd, Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc

academic/corporate, publisher; corporate/*AnySubtype* except homecare, see H3

C2

Commercial organizations with multiple offices, but only operating within one country, with any number of staff

Kabushiki Kaisha Falco Biosystems, Angel Biotechnology Plc, Lewis and Roca LLP

academic/corporate, publisher; corporate/*AnySubtype* except homecare, see H3

C3

Commercial organizations with offices in more than one country, and up to a total of 500 staff

Python and Peter Attorneys-at-Law, Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc

academic/corporate, publisher; corporate/*AnySubtype* except homecare, see H3

C4

Commercial organizations operating in more than one country, and with between 500 and 20,000 staff

EBSCO Industries, Ince and Co

academic/corporate, publisher; corporate/*AnySubtype* except homecare, see H3

C5

Commercial organisations operating in more than one country, and with over 20,000 staff

Pfizer and all its subsidaries, Unilever, Omron Kabushiki Kaisha

academic/corporate, publisher; corporate/*AnySubtype* except homecare, see H3

D

Distributors, subscription agents, library book jobbers, vendors, sales agencies and other intermediaries involved in the scholarly supply chain

Dawson Books Ltd, China National Publications Import and Export Corp

dist

G1

Central government commissions, quasi-autonomous governmental organizations (quangos), national libraries, advisory councils and regulatory authorities

Creative Scotland, Consumer Products Safety Commission, National Medical Library India, Meteorologisk institutt, Instituto Nacional Electoral

govt, govt/ag, children, edu, ems, env, finance, for, law, library, mil, publisher, social, vet

G2

Small government laboratory or research centre

US Army Research Office, Forestry Research Institute of Malawi, British Antarctic Survey, Instytut Badan Edukacyjnych

academic/ag, biosci, bus, chem, earth, econ, eng, govt, history, lang, law, math, mil, music, physics, psych, religion, social, sport, tech, vet; govt/library

G3

Government health organizations, including NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, US military medical groups, and national institutes

NIH, NICE, Ministries of Health, National Vriksha Ayurveda Research Institute

academic/dental, govt, health, medres, nurs, optical, pharm; govt/ems, health, library, psych

G4

Large government research institutes, usually on more than one site, and with more than 200 researchers

US Geological Survey, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt, Australian Animal Health Laboratory

academic/ag, biosci, bus, chem, earth, econ, eng, govt, history, lang, law, math, mil, music, physics, psych, religion, social, sport, tech, vet; govt/library

G5

National government agencies, ministries and departments but not health (G3)

Forsvarsdepartementet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Instituto Nacional do Seguro Social, Federal Bureau of Prisons

govt, govt/ag, central, children, edu, ems, env, finance, for, int, law, library, mil, social, vet

G9

Large government research networks or consortia

CSIRO, INSERM, CNRS, Research Councils UK, NASA

academic/govt; consortium/*AnySubtype, govt/int, library

H1

Think tanks, foundations interested in health or mental health/psychology

Association for the Advancement of Psychology, Red Cross, Action on Smoking and Health, Brussels Childbirth Trust, Mental Health Foundation of Australia, Irish Cancer Society

other/ems, health, optical, psych

H2

Community or private hospital (may include residency programs) and small hospital groups (up to 9 hospitals) and clinics. Doctors’ surgeries are under M1

302 Military Hospital of China, Adventist Saint Thomas Hospice, Klinikum Dortmund GmbH, Coffee Health Group, Riverside Rehabilitation Institute, PCTs

health/library, system; hospital, hospital/children, hospital/library

H3

Care homes or assisted living run by any type of organisation and visiting nurse associations

Aberdeen Aged Care, Wesley Homes, Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, Southern Cross Care Australia, Bethanie Group

corporate/homecare, library; govt/homecare; other/homecare; public/homecare

H4

Non-government health research organizations

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Mayo Foundation, Prostate Cancer UK, Iranian Institute for Health Sciences Research, Banashankari Medical and Oncology Research Center

other/health, medres, optical, psych

H5

Major teaching or research hospitals, including residency programs

Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Aarhus Universitetshospital, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center, Thammasat University Hospital

academic/hospital; hospital/children, library

H9

Healthcare network – over 10 hospitals

NHS Strategic Health Authorities, Bassett Healthcare, Tenet Healthcare, Asklepios Kliniken

health/library, system

M1

Private clinics or practice (without overnight facilities), providing services for medicine, dentistry, psychology or optometry

Concentra Medical Center, Drs Brady and Brewster Inc, Gold Coast Ultrasound for Women, Family Psychological Center PA, Narumiya Heart Clinic, Albany Orthopedic Center, Annapolis Radiology Associates, Bombay

corporate/dental, dissolved, library, medprac, optical, psych; other/psych; public/psych

M2

Health schools, schools, faculties and departments of nursing, physiotherapy and associated health subjects (but not medicine, see M3)

Tel Aviv University Department of Nursing, Simon Fraser University Faculty of Health Sciences, Academy of Massage Therapy

academic/campus, health, library, nurs, optical

M3

Schools, faculties and departments of medicine, pharmacy or dentistry

Howard University College of Medicine, Eastman Dental School, National University of Singapore Department of Pharmacology, Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging

academic/campus, dental, library, meddep, medres, medsch, pharm

M4

Schools, faculties and departments teaching veterinary medicine or science, animal husbandry and animal-related subjects, and veterinary practices and research

Ankara Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi, University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital, Ecole nationale veterinaire de Toulouse, Atlantic Veterinary College

academic/campus, library, vet

M9

Consortia of medical libraries and affiliated hospitals

Arizona Health Information Network, DMER e-Library Consortium, Israeli Hospitals Consortium

consortium/*AnySubtype*

N1

Libraries, museums, and non-research based religious, charity and cultural organizations

Royal Ballet, Holy See, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, National Wildlife Federation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hindu Education Society

other/ag, assoc, botanic, charity, children, cultural, edu, ems, env, finance, law, library, museum, music, publisher, religion, social, sport, zoo

N2

Research libraries, museums with scientific research, zoological or botanical gardens

Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Geneve, Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt, National Museums Scotland

other/botanic, library, museum, zoo

N3

Professional societies or trade unions, industry trade associations, lobbying organizations, and think tanks

Amnesty International, Republican Party, American Medical Association, International Centre on Human Rights, Scottish Police Federation

other/advocates, ag, assoc, botanic, children, cultural, edu, env, finance, health, law, learned, learnedpublisher, library, medical, music, optical, psych, religion, social, sport, zoo

N4

Small to medium sized non-profit research institutes in subject areas except health, based on one site

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Aga Khan Foundation, National Opinion Research Center, Qatar National Research Fund

other/ag, botanic, children, cultural, edu, env, finance, law, library, music, religion, research, social, sport, zoo

N5

Large not-for-profit research institutes in all subject areas except health, based on more than one site

Academia Sinica, Academia Romana, Scripps, Fraunhofer, TNO

other/ag, botanic, children, cultural, edu, env, finance, law, library, music, religion, research, social, sport, zoo

N9

Other networks and consortia, not classified under health or medical

Central Coast Museum Consortium, Czech Research Institutes Consortium, Consorzio Venezia Ricerche, INASP

consortium/*AnySubtype*

P1

General reference public libraries or non-profit administrative office

Jefferson Public Library, Seoul City Reference Center, Manchester Libraries, Jakobsbergs bibliotek, Mediatheque de Saint-Mande, Sea Cliff Village Library

public/library

P2

Second layer or lower local or regional layers of government, departments or agencies, including health

Aarhus Kommune, Citrus County Health Department, City of Toronto, Bitou Municipality, Victoria Police Department

public, public/ag, children, edu, ems, finance, health, law, library, psych, social, util, vet

P3

Top regional layer of government, departments or agencies including health

Colac Area Health, Florida Department of Transportation, Birmingham City Council

public, public/ag, central, children, edu, ems, finance, health, law, library, psych, social, util, vet

P9

Regional library network/consortia but not national libraries

INFOLINK, Central Mississippi Regional Library System

consortium/*AnySubtype*; public/library

Other Tiers in the Identify Database

Carnegie classifications – the classification of colleges and universities by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education at Indiana University to recognize and describe institutional diversity in US.  The classification consists of a number of components, Ringgold records the Basic Classification (the traditional Carnegie Classification Framework), and Size.

It should be noted the classification is selective and not all US colleges and universities are included in the scheme. The data provides a point in time snapshot. The data for three updates is available; 2005, 2010, and 2015. (http://carnegieclassifications.iu.edu).

JISC bands – the JISC Banding Model is the basis for tiered pricing models for content available from publishers and vendors via JISC Collections to many UK institutions. Higher and Further Education institutions, Specialist Colleges, Research Councils and a number of other institutions in the UK, are ranked into JISC Bands. The bands are currently based on the amount of government funding each institution receives, rather than any estimation of research levels. (https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Help-and-information/JISC-Banding

  • Higher Education institutions are listed in the following bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 5B, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Further Education, specialist colleges, affiliates and Research Councils are listed in the following bands: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J

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