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.
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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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