What is the difference between categories and industries?

For organization data types only. Categories are a slightly broader definition than industries.

The main difference between category and industry is the signal of the labeling. If you have an attribute industry: that will be included in the industry field. We also specifically look for standard classification schemes for industry enforced by incorporation and reporting compliance requirements. We do not have a strongly typed list that bounds either category or industry currently.

Categories usually refers to the labels that have been used to describe the type of Corporation, Educational Institution, Local Business, or Organization; ex. Academic or Financial Institution, etc. but categories can also include labels used to facilitate navigation to resources (as in a Browse based navigation on LinkedIn of Companies categorized to facilitate recruiting) as well as more traditional vertical categorizations used in specific professional contexts that Diffbot discovered on the Web.

Industries usually refers to the labels that have been used to describe the type of business an organization entity engages in but industries can also include labels used to facilitate navigation to resources as well as more traditional vertical categorizations used in specific professional contexts that Diffbot discovered on the Web.

We recommend first mining categories and sicClassification fields when you are looking for informal or formal classification labels of organizations.


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