Based on the first RISIS project from 2014-2018, RISIS goes on given the high interest on RISIS datasets and their integration. RISIS2 has started in 2019 and provides ongoing access to the existing RISIS datasets:

RISIS2 Project Website

The SMS platform and the data store remain accessible:

SMS Platform

This project is funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme Grant Agreement n°313082
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Universities, research organizations and rankings

June 28, 2017

SCA- Universities, research organizations and rankings. Advanced publication data collection and basic issues defining universities and research organizations



Course objectives

In the past decade university rankings have become important tools for policymaking and are increasingly used for marketing purposes. For that reason alone good care of data and statistics underlying these rankings is crucial. Therefore it is essential to obtain more transparency regarding both the definition of the universities and the data collection procedures that are applied in the various rankings.
This one-day-course will focus on definitions and data collection procedures for the universities that appear in the Leiden Ranking. We will discuss the challenge of identifying universities from author affiliations in scientific publications comparing alternative approaches that are offered in different bibliographic databases.
Apart from universities we will also look at the contribution from non-university research organizations and the particular challenge to identify them. This includes research organizations and (academic) hospitals.

Programme and contents

June, 28th 2017

10:00-12:30 Introduction
University rankings
University definition
Leiden Ranking
Affiliation data in WoS and Scopus
Register of universities and Public research organizations (PRO)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-16:00 Practical exercises in which participants are introduced with different delineation and data collection procedures through a set of assignments. These exercises involve data cleaning, desktop investigation and using a decision model developed within RISIS to position institutions.

16:00-17:00 Discussion of results and experiences and wrap-up of the day.


Audience targeted

The course aims at involving up to 10 participants.
Targeted audience: scientists at all levels involved in STI studies using university and non-university actor data.

Requirements for participation

Laptop is required
Affinity with Microsoft Excel is recommended.

Organizational details

• Register (before 15 June) via contact person
• No fees to be paid
• Venue of the trainees (travel and accommodation) will be covered only in case of researchers, early researchers and PhDs coming from European countries
• No costs are covered for people not involved in research activities (i.e. people from associations or policy level)
• Notification of acceptance will be sent after the selection process is completed
• Participants attending the course can send preliminary questions linked to the topic.

Deadline for request participation

June 15, 2017

Local organizing committee

Clara Calero, Martijn Visser, Andrea Reyes

Contact: Suze van der Luijt


June 28, 2017
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Clara Calero, Martijn Visser, Andrea Reyes


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