Thomson Scientific Collaborates with Ringgold, Inc. to Offer Journal Analysis Database Expanded

    Institutional Identification System is Positioned to Become the Industry

    PHILADELPHIA, and LONDON, March 25 /CNW/ -- Thomson Scientific, a leading
provider of information solutions to the worldwide research and business
communities, and Ringgold, Inc. have announced the availability of Journal
Analysis Database Expanded (JADE), which allows users to see a detailed
analysis of authors and subscribers of a journal, or set of journals, using
precisely defined definitions of the "publishing institutions" to which those
authors and subscribers belong.
    Created to ensure accurate records for each publishing institution, JADE
leverages the journal analysis capabilities of Thomson Scientific and combines
them with Ringgold's Open Identify database to offer a powerful disambiguation
tool at the institutional level.
    "A major issue for publishers, libraries and universities around the
world has been the difficulty of uniquely and appropriately identifying an
institution and its relationships with its subsidiaries -- libraries,
departments, campuses, or offices," said Jim Pringle, vice president of
product development at Thomson Scientific. "Thomson Scientific, with the
support of Ringgold, Inc., is proud to provide a solution that will provide
clarity in this area and a foundation for analytical services that will
benefit not only individual institutions but the industry as a whole."
    Ringgold's Open Identify database includes nearly 100,000 institutions
that subscribe to academic journals. Each institution is given a Ringgold
Identifier, a unique number used by publishers and other vendors to
unambiguously identify their customers and support the journal supply chain.
Communication between subscribers, agents, publishers, distributors and
hosting services is simplified by the use of a single number which can be
tracked at any point.
    "Nearly 40 publishers already use Ringgold's Open Identify database to
organize their customer information and to search for prospects," said Helen
Henderson, Managing Director of Ringgold, Ltd. "However, they also wanted the
ability to integrate their citation data more closely into their internal
systems and to use that data in prospecting, packaging and journal
development.  We are delighted to be working with Thomson Scientific to
provide these enhanced services to our clients that can help them extend their
    JADE will initially be a custom product tailored to the individual
requirements of publishers or institutions. The client will receive a custom
database which pulls together all the institutions that have authored, cited,
or been cited by journal title or ISI subject category. The power of the
Ringgold structure brings together all records for an individual institution,
regardless of the name and address in the author data, and allows publisher
clients easy comparison of this data with structured and disambiguated
subscriber data.
    "We have been working with Ringgold for over five years and the JADE
product will be a hugely important tool for us at Oxford University Press,"
said Richard Gedye, Research Director at Oxford Journals. "The correct
identification of our customers, their organization and structure is
invaluable for customer support and marketing. The easy addition and
integration of the citation data from JADE will make our operations even more
    For more information on product solutions for publishers, visit:
    About Ringgold, Inc.
    Ringgold ( is based in Beaverton, OR and Bristol,
England. Its mission is to help publishers and software vendors improve their
marketing and reduce their costs in supplying products and services within the
Information industry. Ringgold's two branded services are OpenIdentify --
providing unique identification of organizations subscribing to electronic
journals, and OpenRFP -- providing an online eProcurement system where
software vendors present functions to libraries who use the information for
creating RFIs or requests for tender.
    About Thomson Scientific
    Thomson Scientific is a provider of information solutions that assist
professionals at every stage of research and development-from discovery to
analysis to product development and distribution.  Thomson Scientific is part
of The Thomson Corporation (, a global leader in providing
essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional
customers. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides
value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in
the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research
and healthcare. Thomson Scientific information solutions can be found at

For further information:

For further information: Sue Besaw of Thomson Scientific,
+1-215-823-1840,; or Helen Henderson of Ringgold,
Inc., +1-503-336-1742,; Web Site:,,,,,

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