The Research Organization Registry (ROR) (https://ror.org) is an open registry of research organization identifiers that can be used to enrich metadata for scholarly outputs and enable more efficient tracking of research by institutions. ROR IDs are being integrated into many types of platforms and systems wherever affiliation details are collected and presented. In order for the registry to be a trusted data source, we need to keep records up to date as organizations change over time or when new organizations need to be added. ROR is piloting a unique community-based approach to curating registry metadata as part of a funded project through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This approach involves leveraging community curators from around the world, building open infrastructure to support updates to the registry, and developing open, transparent, globally inclusive policies and workflows for handling registry updates. In this talk, we will explain how and why we have developed this approach, share the lessons we have learned along the way, and discuss what we will be doing to further develop our infrastructure and workflows to support the usability and accessibility of the registry over the long term.
NISO Discourse Discussion for this sessionhttps://discourse.niso.org/t/curating-a-community-registry-of-research-organizations/592