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What's in a name? Handling name metadata in ROR

The ROR registry includes unique IDs and associated metadata records for 100,000+ research organizations. Each one of these organizations has at least one name. Some of them have multiple names (one even has 15)! Organization names in ROR appear in 120 different languages and counting. Names in ROR are a key piece of metadata that helps with discovery and disambiguation of ROR records. Because organization names frequently change over time and because they can be written in multiple ways and in multiple languages, maintaining name metadata in ROR is an important and complex part of the registry’s curation process.

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Welcome Amanda French, Technical Community Manager

We are thrilled to introduce a new member of the ROR pride: Amanda French has joined ROR as our full-time Technical Community Manager. Amanda is a well-known community manager and project director in the digital humanities and scholarly communication sphere. Most recently, she served as Community Lead at The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic, where she helped build and nurture a community of more than 800 volunteers dedicated to collecting and publishing key COVID-19 data.

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ROR Welcomes Three New Steering Group Members

ROR is excited to welcome three new Steering Group members: Lautaro Matas, Kathleen Shearer, and Chris Shillum. Inaugurated in late 2019, the ROR Steering Group is an advisory body that supports the registry’s strategic planning and decision-making activities. Steering group members provide feedback on ROR strategy and help drive awareness and adoption of ROR IDs through their respective networks and communities. The Steering Group comprises ROR’s operating organizations (California Digital Library, Crossref, and DataCite), who serve in a permanent capacity, as well as members representing external organizations, who serve rotating terms of 2-4 years.

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ROR-ing on our own: Announcing our first independent registry update

The ROR registry has grown We are excited to announce a new ROR registry release. With this update, the registry has grown to 102,559 records. This update is really exciting for many reasons. But we know some of you may be eager to skip ahead and check out the update right away. If that’s you, here are the quick links: ROR API ROR search ROR data dump Release notes Documentation A key milestone for ROR This week’s update represents a significant milestone for ROR and for the broader community, for a few reasons.

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Let's Fund Open Infrastructure Together

ROR begins a new round of community fundraising Since ROR launched in 2019, we have been charting a path to sustainability that leverages our broad community network and diversifies our funding sources. ROR is currently funded through a combination of in-kind support from its three operating organizations, project-based grant funds, and financial contributions from community members. While ROR aims to minimize overhead and contain costs, it still requires resources to build and maintain the registry’s infrastructure, especially as adoption continues to grow.

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ROR Is Hiring a Technical Community Manager

ROR is hiring! We are looking for a full-time Technical Community Manager to expand the adoption and integration of ROR throughout the global scholarly communications ecosystem. ROR (Research Organization Registry) is a community-led initiative to develop an open, sustainable, usable, and unique identifier for every research organization in the world. It is jointly managed by DataCite, Crossref, and California Digital Library. Each of these operating organizations provides input on decisions and strategies that support the growth and sustainability of ROR.

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A New Year at ROR

The end of January 2022 marked the third anniversary of ROR’s launch at PIDapalooza 2019 in Dublin. Continuing with a tradition from the prior two years (2020 in Lisbon, and 2021 on Zoom), we marked the occasion with a community celebration to reflect on ROR’s progress and discuss the work that lies ahead. The 2022 ROR annual meeting consisted of 2 virtual sessions with around 100 community members from 26 different countries.

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Job Posting: ROR Technical Lead

ROR is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join as our Technical Lead, based at DataCite. You will be leading, developing, and architecting ROR services and infrastructure. ROR is a collaborative effort with resourcing from multiple organizations. The ROR Technical Lead will work on the ROR project according to priorities agreed with the ROR Operations Team, and will be part of the DataCite development team, and report to DataCite’s Engineering Director.

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ORCID Integrates ROR

This is a guest post by the ORCID team that was originally published on the ORCID blog. See the original post here. Add Research Institution Identifiers with ROR! As part of our ongoing commitment to increase value to our researchers and our members, we are pleased to announce that the Research Organization Registry (ROR) has been added to the ORCID Registry as a disambiguated Organization ID. ROR can now be used with the API and our Affiliation Manager to record research institution identifiers and metadata, thus making it easier to track the impact of institutional research.

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Now Hiring: Metadata Curation Lead

ROR is looking for a data manager to lead metadata curation activities for the registry, including coordinating registry updates and maintenance, working with ROR’s community curation advisors, and developing and implement long-term curation policies and practices. This is an exciting time to join the ROR team and support ROR’s emerging independent, community-based curation model. The job description and application instructions follow below. Please consider applying or help spread the word to your networks.

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