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Research Organization Registry (ROR) - the identifier for research institutions and universities - a spotlight on Africa

This session is part of the AfricArXiv Webinar Series on Open Science for the Discoverability of African Research.

Published onDec 11, 2023
Research Organization Registry (ROR) - the identifier for research institutions and universities - a spotlight on Africa

In this AfricArXiv webinar, we introduce ROR and explain its benefits, give a summary of African organizations in ROR, highlight ROR-enabled systems in use in Africa, and discuss existing and future collaborations with services such as ORCID and with African research entities.

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The Slides are available at

ROR, The Identifier for Research Institutions - Spotlight on Africa

Questions that were addressed during the session

  1. How does the Research Organization Registry (ROR) serve as an identifier for research institutions and universities, and what role does it play in enhancing research visibility?

  2. Can you highlight specific examples or success stories of how ROR has positively impacted research organizations in Africa, and what benefits have these institutions experienced?

  3. What challenges and opportunities exist in the implementation and adoption of the Research Organization Registry (ROR) within the context of African research institutions and universities?

ROR supporting African research

  • The teams at ROR, Access 2 Perspectives, and UbuntuNet Alliance are working on generating a continental subset of the ROR database for Africa

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Speaker profile

Amanda French

ORCID: 0000-0002-4325-1809

Dr. Amanda French is the Technical Community Manager for the Research Organization Registry (ROR) at Crossref, where she works to promote the adoption of ROR to make information about research organizations cleaner and easier to exchange between systems. Dr. French is a well-known project director and community manager in digital humanities and scholarly communication. During the first year of the pandemic, she served as Community Lead at The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic, working with more than 800 volunteers to collect and publish key COVID-19 data. Earlier, she managed the "Resilient Networks for Inclusive Digital Humanities" project at GWU Libraries, directed the Digital Research Services unit at Virginia Tech Libraries, and led the THATCamp unconference initiative at GMU's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. She was also part of the initial cohort of CLIR postdoctoral fellows. 

About the webinar series

This webinar was co-organized by UbuntuNet Alliance and Access 2 Perspectives as part of the ORCID Global Participation Program.

ORCID is the persistent identifier for researchers to share their accomplishments (research articles, data, etc with funding agencies, publishers, data repositories, and other research workflows.

AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research communication. By enhancing the visibility of African research, we enable discoverability and collaboration opportunities for African scientists on the continent as well as globally.

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