GRID release 2018-02-08

<div>A database of over 85,000 research institutes with persistent identifiers.</div><div><br></div><div>Institutes added from various sources including the US, China, France, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and other countries.</div><div><br></div><div>Metadata:</div><div>* US dependencies (American Samoa, Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Minor Outlying Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands) are treated as states of the US.</div><div>* Chinese dependency Hong Kong is treated as a state/region of China.</div><div>* Changed country name from "Palestinian Territories" to UN and ISO standard "State of Palestine".</div><div>* Created parent-child relationships for around 200 multinational companies.</div><div><br></div><div>QA</div><div><br></div><div>* Review of all EU bodies and agencies.</div><div>* Review of parent-child relationships of Sea Grant and Space Grant organisations.</div><div>* Adaption of country name changes: Czech Republic is now Czechia.</div><div>* Review of potential duplicates.</div><div><br></div><div>Note: the geonames information is from and licensed as CC-BY 3.0.</div><div><br><br></div>