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Press Release

4th November; Beaverton, Oregon and Oxford, UK.


Ringgold and PSI join forces to harness the power of linked data

Ringgold and PSI have today signed a agreement that will enable both companies to provide services based on the power of combining Ringgold’s Identify Database and PSI’s IP Registry.

The process is underway to map Identify and the IP Registry. When our work is complete, these databases will be completely interoperable. This will allow Ringgold customers to license IP data for institutional records within Identify. Likewise, PSI customers will be able to licence Ringgold IDs, hierarchies and metadata.

The curated IP data in the IP Registry will be linked to Ringgold’s Institutional Identifiers, organizational hierarchies and rich metadata. Customer of both companies will be able to utilize the data from a single source, reducing time and effort to assess and analyze sales, licensing, usage, and authentication for their customers.

Andrew Pitts, PSI CEO, said; “This is great news for the scholarly communication community; it makes perfect sense for the premier providers of organisational hierarchy and validated IP range standards to combine data and sales efforts to offer their shared customers the added value of a joined-up service wherein Ringgold and IP Registry organisational IDs are mapped”

Laura Cox, President of Ringgold said; “We’re excited to be part of the solution to a substantial and widespread challenge in our industry. By mapping Ringgold IDs to the IP Registry data, publishers can better determine licensing arrangements and usage in conjunction with their authentication systems to provide accurate access to entitled users. This data will provide the basis for an entirely new class of industry solutions.”

About Ringgold

Ringgold ( has created a process for the identification of institutions and the relationships between organizations. After more than 11 years, Ringgold has built Identify, a curated authority file of more than 400,000 institutions spanning multiple industry sectors. Each institutional entry has been assigned its own unique Ringgold ID, which is mapped to the organizational hierarchy and a range of classification metadata, including consortium membership and the ISNI.

About PSI

Publisher Solutions International, Ltd. (PSI), an independent third-party, enables publishers and membership societies to work together securely and confidentially towards the common goal of clean and accurate usage metrics across all content and platforms including Open Access titles and repositories.

About The IP Registry

The IP Registry is a single repository of the validated IP addresses for over 60,000 content licensing organisations worldwide, accessible by both publishers and libraries and maintained for the benefit of the whole scholarly communication community by PSI, based in Oxford, UK and Boston, USA.


Andrew Pitts
Twitter: @ip_registry

Laura Cox
Twitter: @ringgoldinc

Press Release

Oxford, UK 27th June 2016

Publisher Solutions International Ltd (PSI) launch The IP Registry, which will solve major authentication problems experienced by publishers and libraries.

PSI, the organisation which helps publishers eliminate subscription fraud and IP misuse, today announced the launch of a global registry of IP addresses.

On average, 58% of IP ranges held by publishers are inaccurate, PSI have found. Because of this, a significant amount of content is open to unlicensed access, and libraries and publishers are likely to receive inaccurate usage statistics. Until now, the systems for keeping the IP ranges accurate and up to date have been cumbersome, time-consuming and inefficient for everyone involved.

The IP Registry will make it easier for libraries to communicate any changes in their authentication details to all publishers who sign up to use the service, saving them significant time and reducing errors. The registry already contains 1.5 billion validated IP addresses for over 60,000 content licensing organisations worldwide.

Andrew Pitts, Managing Director of PSI, said “We are the experts in this field as we have been working for over 10 years with leading publishers to identify IP misuse and abuse, cleaning up their authentication databases as we go along. As a result, we have a database of clean and accurate IP details for institutions all over the world. Given IP addresses are still the major method of authentication within in our community we know that this service will benefit publishers and their customers enormously. “

Diane Costello, Executive Officer, Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), when asked to comment on the original idea said “This product should be an acquisition librarian’s dream come true. PSI is constructing a reliable index of institutions’ IP addresses which we will also keep up to date. This will save both publishers and their subscribing libraries a whole lot of trouble. From the library perspective, every time their institution updates their IP addresses, the librarian must notify all those publishers and platform vendors with whom they have an electronic relationship. Now, with The IP Registry, they need only need to do it once.

Keith Abbott, Special Projects Manager, John Wiley & Sons commented “PSI has been a tremendous resource for us and our industry peers in identifying and preventing the continuation of subscription fraud around the world. More recently, their ability to use aggregated publisher data to perform a global IP address clean-up has been extremely valuable and has provided us with the information needed to develop a more accurate data set in which we now and will continue to have significant confidence.”

PSI is inviting libraries and publishers to find out more and register their interest in the product at PSI will be available at all major events through 2016, and are inviting people to contact them to make an appointment to meet and discuss the registry.

About PSI

Publisher Solutions International, Ltd. (PSI) is an independent third-party, which enables publishers and membership societies to work together securely and confidentially towards the common goal of eliminating subscription abuse and IP misuse.

PSI is the brainchild of two veterans of the publishing world who hold over 30 years of STM publishing experience. It was during their work for major publishers that they recognised the extent of IP misuse and subscription abuse, the damage it was causing, and the need to identify a viable means of putting a stop to it.

About The IP Registry

The IP Registry is a single repository of the validated IP addresses for over 60,000 content licensing organisations worldwide, accessible by both publishers and libraries and maintained for the benefit of the whole scholarly communication community by PSI, based in Oxford, UK and Boston, USA.

Contact Andrew Pitts for more information:

Telephone: +44 (0)1865 849 514



Twitter: @ip_registry



牛津 [2016.6.27]

Publisher Solutions International Ltd (简称PSI) 研发了一个新的项目 – IP列表数据库,用于帮助出版商和图书馆员们对于客户使用权验证问题的解决。

PSI是一家致力于帮助出版商减少并阻止订阅权欺诈以及IP地址误用的公司,今天宣布推出一个全进的项目 – 全球IP列表数据库。



Andrew Pitts, PSI的董事总经理表示:“我们在该领域先拔头筹,着手于全球各大出版商对于IP滥用、误用的审核,和其庞大数据库的整合工作已经有超过10年的经验。因此,我们拥有全球各领域机构准确的IP信息。然而对于IP地址的提供,任然是我们工作中很重要的一部分,我们相信,该数据库将对各大出版商及其客户受益无穷。”

Diane Costello,澳大利亚大学图书馆委员会(Council of Australian University Librarians, CAUL)的执行官被问及对我们IP列表数据库的理念进行评论时说道:“该项目将使图书馆员的梦想成真。PSI正在构建一个可靠的IP地址数据库,我们也将持续支持该项目,及时更新我们的信息。对各图书馆来说,每当更新其IP地址时,图书管理员须分别告知与其有合作关系的所有发行商和供应商。而现在,他们只须在PSI公司的IP列表数据库上更新一次,便能完成所有的工作。”

Christopher McKenzie (John Wiley & Sons 全球知识产权管理副总裁),评论道:“PSI公司在识别和阻止全球订阅权欺诈的领域里,无论是对我们还是行业同行来说,都是一个庞大而优质的资源库。近期,PSI公司还汇集了各大出版社的数据,对全球的IP地址进行整合整理工作。我们坚信,这将给我们对今后开发更精确的数据集提供极为重要的信息。”

PSI公司邀请各大图书管理机构和出版商在我们的网站 上了解更多相关信息。PSI也将出席2016年学术界的各大活动,并诚挚邀请各位前来参与且加入我们。


Publisher Solutions International, LTD. (简称PSI) 设立于英国牛津和美国波士顿,是一家独立的第三方公司,致力于与各大出版商和机构成员建立安全、周密的合作网络,以帮助出版商减少及阻止订阅权欺诈和IP地址的误用。





联系人:Andrew Pitts (董事总经理)

电话:+44(0)1865 849 514



推特: @ip_registry


We will be at these events during 2017. Please do get in touch to arrange a meeting if you would like to find out more about The IP Registry.

  • Charleston – 6th-10th November – Charleston, USA