Business Consultancy Activities Snowball Metrics Agreement v1



This standard information agreement specifies the information elements needed to calculate and communicate the number and value of business engagements at the institution.

Input Reference

The original input reference to this standard information agreement is the Snowball Metrics Recipe Book, page 53.

Question Set

See input reference.

Answer Set

The following specifies the expected contents of a data report compliant with this standard information agreement.

Records Structure

The following table outlines the agreed information elements needed to produce a standard report on Business Consulting Activities at the institution. For each record of a consultancy activity the following elements are included.

Information Element Definition Format Requirement
Consultancy/Amount The amount awarded for a consultancy. Number Must
Consultancy/Currency The currency in which a consultancy award was given. List (Currencies) Must
Consultancy/Organisation Should
Consultancy/Start Date Number Must
Consultancy/End Date Must
Institution An organization with a primary role of performing research.
Institution/ID Type The nominal type of unique ID used for a research-performing organization. List (Org ID Types) Should
Institution/Other ID Type A keyword for a type of organization identifier not covered in a standard classification. Text Should
Institution/ID The unique identifier of a research-performing organization. Text Should
Institution/Name The full name of a research-performing organization. Text Must
Institution/Country The country of a research-performing organization. List (Countries) Must
Institution/Financial Year End Month The month marking the end of the financial year of a research-performing organization. List (Months) Must

Lists/Vocabularies Used

The following agreed vocabularies (or Lists) are used in the above information elements.

List/Vocabulary Values Defintion
Org ID Types
Months Months of the year expressed numerically.
01 to 12

Formal Schema

A formal CASRAI XSD schema for this standard information agreement is available here.