ROR departmental extension and ROR metadata viewer

A group of us have been discussing how to extend ROR to apply PIDs that identify subunits of organizations (such as schools and departments, research units, etc.) since ROR itself focuses only on “top-level” affiliations. If you are interested in being involved in this you are welcome to join the #department-level channel on ROR slack.

We had initially planned a separate github-managed scheme, documented here:

Subsequently we’ve been investigating using Wikidata as the main data source for organizational subunits. A demo viewer for both the github-managed data and the Wikidata approach is online here:

We talked about this at PIDapalooza in January; recent work by UC Davis has uncovered several additional advantages to the Wikidata approach - in particular the variety of already-built tools available to manage and monitor their data entries.

Since the ROR extension viewer was already pulling metadata from the ROR API for display, I recently updated it to add support to directly view ROR metadata - see In particular this shows the hierarchy already contained within ROR, which isn’t directly shown in the current ROR user interface.

Since I was reminded about PID Forum earlier today I thought I should share here in what’s been going on!