Société de gestion d’informations et de documentation

Création d’une banque de données d’instituts de recherche

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Création d’une banque de données d’instituts de recherche

Notre client, une entreprise pharmaceutique, a chargé GIMD GmbH de créer une banque de données contenant des noms d’instituts et de centres de recherche. Ces établissements ont tout d’abord dû être identifiés sans équivoque, puis se sont vus attribuer un nom unique suivant des règles de nomenclature standardisée.

Project duration: 6 months

In scientific papers, authors usually indicate the name of their research facility (their affiliation) arbitrarily: Some give its full name (e.g. Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich), some use the acronym LMU Munich, and some merely refer to the University of Munich. Designations become more difficult in cases like Madrid, Spain, with its more than 12 institutions of higher learning, or the academic teaching hospital in Mannheim – which, surprisingly, is no part of Mannheim University, but of the University of Heidelberg – or the various locations of Berlin’s Charité Hospital, with their differing postcodes. The situation is aggravated for countries like Russia, China, or Japan, with academic structures that are difficult to assess.

Our client sent us a pre-version of the database with automatically generated suggestions for obviously identical, yet differently named affiliations – which, however, were incomplete or unusable in many cases. The correct designations therefore had to be identified or re-formulated. This task called for the trained detecting skills and the utmost diligence of our linguists. Thanks to their long years of professional experience, they can often spot a problem at first glance. In addition, they are also familiar with many national particularities of citation. At the end, the designations were imported into our client’s database as controlled vocabulary.