The scope of ROR is the “affiliation use case” - proper description of relationships between contributors, contributions, research sponsors, publishers, and employers. We use “affiliation” to describe any formal relationship between a researcher and an organization associated with researchers, including but not limited to their employer, educator, funder, or scholarly society. We define “research organization” as any organization that conducts, produces, manages, or touches research.
The vision for a registry of research organizations with unique IDs and associated metadata consists of the following required features:
- Unique and persistent IDs for organizations in the research community
- IDs resolve to information about the entity: human- and machine-readable
- Open API/content negotiation
- Administrative facility to correct, manage, and crosswalk data, including assertion model and syncing with other PID providers
- Public data dump
- Common and uniform metadata set
Record management and data curation
Organizations change over time, and the management of ROR records will account for this inevitability. The ROR project team, with input from the Community Advisory Group and other stakeholders, is developing processes and policies for handling record management and data curation. These processes and policies will cover record creation, redirection, consolidation, and deprecation. The processes and policies will also take into account the need to maintain persistence of ROR IDs and record metadata, to identify record status (e.g., active or deprecated), and to implement an open provenance model that tracks assertion histories. The project team will also establish communication channels for record changes to be requested, and for organizations to be involved directly in reviewing and approving changes when possible.
The current product roadmap for ROR is focused on the following workstreams:
- Enriching the registry with additional metadata (e.g., relationships between organizations)
- Building the technical components and workflows to support independent curation of registry data over time
- Growing adoption of ROR IDs in scholarly systems
- Supporting ways for humans and machines to interact with the registry