16 slides.-- Presentation delivered at the Italian Session.; U-GOV, developed by the Italian Consortium CINECA, is the most widely implemented current research information system in Italian universities. The presentation describes U-GOV functionality in institutional research information management areas like project management, open access repository or research assessment among others.
20 slides.-- Presentation delivered at the Jostein Hauge Session (I).; The JISC-funded UKOLN is a centre of expertise in digital information management based at the University of Bath providing technical advice to the JISC and the wider UK HEI community. The presentation reviews UKOLN's areas of activity as the main hub for the JISC Research Information Management programme, which include a number of projects for CERIF application to system interoperability.
16 slides.-- Presentation delivered at the Topical Session "CRIS in the Information Landscape: The place and role of CRIS to support and manage Open Data, Open Access and Open Science"; An increasing number of research funders in different countries are choosing to support the Gold Open Access (OA) route (i.e. obtaining immediate access to research outputs through their publication in Open Access journals) via the allocation of Gold OA Funds to institutions. This has led institutional libraries and Research Offices to undertake a new role within their wide research support activity, namely providing researchers the required information on the available funding for OA publishing and the ways to meet the funders' requirements. The payment of Article processing Charges (APCs) to publishers as a means to ensure that the research outputs are made OA is a key part of this support process that institutions are gradually adding to their previous work for supporting the Green route to OA, i.e. the population and maintenance of their institutional repositories.; This contribution aims to present the EC/OpenAIRE Gold OA Pilot, a new Gold OA funding instrument that has very recently been launched across the European Union. The international scope of this new OA Fund -- which will provide funding to post-grant FP7 projects -- means there will be a need to address very different funding landscapes in as balanced a way as possible...
18 slides.-- Presentation delivered at the Jostein Hauge Session.; Following the 2011 implementation of the Pure CRIS at the University of Edinburgh, the need has arisen to promote its efficient daily operation by adequately trained staff that support the researchers' engagement with the institutional system. An insight is provided on the professional role and abilities these research information managers should meet, and suggestions are made for establishing a more formal means of achieving and certifying such professional qualification.
14 slides.-- Presentation delivered at the French National Session (II); The presentation introduces the CAPLAB project (Cartographie, Activités et Projets du LABoratoire) carried out by the Agence de Mutualisation des Universités et Etablissements (AMUE) in France in order to provide a research information management tool for describing activities and projects performed at UMRs (Unités Mixtes de Recherche or mixed/joint research units between several stakeholders in the field of research and/or higher education). CAPLAB is presented as one of the building blocks for developing a national research information system. The presentation also addresses the organisational and technical challenges of this process of infrastructure development.
12 slides.-- Presentation delivered at the "euroCRIS sponsors session"; The presentation reflects upon the ever-increasing research information management needs CRISs are being asked to cover and proposes an approach based on the concept of innovation lifecycle towards jointly enabling technologies and services for research information management.
Poster presented at the Autumn 2015 Strategic Membership Meeting in Barcelona, http://www.eurocris.org/poster-session-during-strategic-membership-meeting; After the 2014 euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting in Amsterdam, four organisations decided to sit around a table and start sharing their views on the development of Research Information Systems in their respective countries. What came out of the very first conversation was that the similarities were more than the differences: not only from a political and cultural point of view, but also and most importantly for the way those organisations see the Research Area, their visions and technological roadmaps. The roots of SELRIM are: CERIF, Open Source, Standards and, last but not least, the idea that Collaboration is the king.
27 slides.-- Presentation delivered at the Day II Thematic session.; The presentation reports on the “DRE project “ (DRE = Digital Research Environment) that was started second half of 2015 at Radboud University, the Netherlands. The goal of the project is to create an IT solution for a researcher, in which both the research tools as such (data management tools, analysis tools, …) and the research information tools (CRIS) are integrated into one personal online environment. The new or innovative approach of the project is that, unlike VRE’s or DRE’s up to now, it clearly takes into account the fact that research information and research information management nowadays are an inescapable aspect of the daily reality of a researcher. A core result of the DRE project is that it will offer the researcher a personalized “data pond” as the basic resource for the individual research activities and parallel to and integrated with this a “personal research information pond”, a kind of personal CRIS, on top of and linked to the institutional CRIS, highly configurable by and adaptable to the needs of the individual researcher.
Poster presented at the CRIS2012 Conference.-- Full conference programme available at: http://www.cris2012.org/findByFilter.do?categoryId=1158; The UK Research Information Shared Service (UKRISS) project is being funded by JISC in the UK as part of the Research Information Management programme. UKRISS is a 16 month project that started in March 2012. The project partners are King’s College London (Centre for e-Research), British Library, Brunel University, Cottage Labs, euroCRIS, University of Exeter and the University of Edinburgh. The aim of the UKRISS project is to determine the feasibility, requirements and scope of a UK national research information reporting service, and should this prove to be attainable, to build a
proof-of-concept infrastructure for the proposed service.
41 slides.-- Presentation delivered at the session "CRIS implementations, best practices in CRIS management and CRIS/IR interoperability at Portuguese institutions"; The results of a survey are presented that the Portuguese National Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) has carried out in order to identify the state of the art of national CRIS system implementation across different countries as a preliminary step in the project towards the development of a Portuguese one. Present national research information management systems have been analised from various points of view in Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, The Netherlands and Brazil in order to collect a comprehensive picture of their features and of the requirements for an effective design and operation of such a system.
Presented at the CRIS2012 Conference in Prague.-- 10 pages.-- Full conference programme available at: http://www.cris2012.org/findByFilter.do?categoryId=1158; Project-related research and third-party funds play an increasing role in German universities (DFG 2009). Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) are developed with the aim to support the handling of research
information. In this paper, we concentrate on a special kind of CRIS, Integrated Research Management Systems (IRMS). They are defined as software component that supports all research processes, sharing a common database with the other components that are integrated within an integrated higher administration
software.; We describe the characteristics of an IRMS with regard to process orientation and workflow support. Using the example of the HISinOne Research Management and Technology Transfer segment, we describe the range of functions that is provided by an IRMS. This segment is fully integrated into the HISinOne software for higher education administration. HISinOne is a technically and functionally integrated and completely web-based solution to handle processes and structures at universities. It uses open source technologies and is independent of platforms and operating systems.; We conclude that the approach of developing an integrated system of this kind has considerable benefits for improved data quality and accessibility...
Presented at the CRIS2012 Conference in Prague.-- 10 pages.-- Full conference programme available at: http://www.cris2012.org/findByFilter.do?categoryId=1158; This paper outlines the approach of the CERIFy project, which involved engagement with four UK universities and one commercial company, and which can be usefully applied to institutions / organisations / companies
who are working in the area of Research Information Management (RIM) and Current Research Information Systems (CRISs) to demonstrate the use of CERIF in ways which are immediately meaningful to the institutional research information manager or end-user. The CERIFy methodology puts the ‘user’ at the heart of system development and data exchange by using Business Process Analysis. The results can be used to
facilitate data exchange / interoperation with systems and to assist with the procurement / development / modification / improvement of a CERIF-based CRIS system. We believe that the CERIFy approach offers an
accessible, transferrable and scalable way for organisations to develop local knowledge and experience of the interoperation between their own systems and data, and the CERIF data model. CERIFy provides concrete examples of how the approach facilitated the data modelling of improved (standardised and integrated) RIM processes such as Indicators of Esteem and a bi-directional data exchange process of CRIS-based institutional data with an external commercial system (Thomson Reuters InCites) using CERIF-XML.
Keynote delivered at the CRIS2002 Conference in Kassel.-- 10 pages.-- Contains: Conference paper (PDF) + PPT presentation.; CRIS: Current Research Information Systems must take center stage as the mechanism of scientific information provision. In the ever-growing complex scientific world, we are faced with mounting challenges. Increasingly
we are witness to pressures on universities and scientists to provide answers to the problems of society, while working in multi-disciplinary and cross-border teams, with increased funding competition. The need for quality scientific and technological information is apparent. Content management (with taxonomy) and sound information architecture is key. My thesis is that there is a strong need for intelligent CRISs, and that the Web search engines, powerful as they are, are not a replacement for a good CRIS. CRISs should be used for decision-making at all levels, for the management of research activities, and for the dissemination of results. CRIS, in this respect, is key for facilitating the processes of knowledge creation and management, and hence economic growth.
Presented at the CRIS2002 Conference in Kassel.-- 1 page.; Research management is popularly described as being like herding cats. Researchers themselves show no instinctive desire to be managed, rather the opposite, and the process of managing creativity is notoriously problematic. However, decisions that directly impact on research have to be made at many levels, from the multi-national all the way down to the personal. The process by which such decisions are made is, however loosely interpreted, management.; Some decisions are of a narrowly technical nature where the researchers’ own expertise is sufficient. Other decisions take place on a wider horizon and often involve people not directly concerned with the research itself. Among such decisions are those concerning the allocation of resources, the future direction and coordination of research efforts, and the evaluation of research outcomes. As the competition for research resources intensifies, the quality of such decisions takes on even greater importance. Rational decision making requires that the decision should be made in the light of timely, relevant, and accurate information, yet it is often difficult to find such information efficiently and use it effectively.; This paper will explore some of the key situations in which decisions affecting research are made and how research information systems could be deployed to support the making of those decisions. The examples to be considered include mapping research capabilities from a variety of perspectives as a basis for investment-type decisions; portfolio analysis as a basis for managing research collaborations and other relationships; and the need for less intensive methods of research
14 slides.-- Presentation delivered at the Jostein Hauge Session.; The presentation provides an insight on the process kicked-off in Nov 2011 for establishing the DINI Working Group on "Research Information Systems" as a means for coordinating and standardizing the increasing research information management initiatives carried out at HEIs in Germany.
Delivered at the CRIS2014 Conference in Rome; published in Procedia Computer Science 33 (Jul 2014).; Contains conference paper (8 pages) and presentation (37 slides).; This paper will describe how two research-intensive universities in the UK, St Andrews and Glasgow, have worked together over
several years and projects to develop their institutional research management systems to deliver services to support the rapidly
evolving needs of funders, institutional policy makers and management, and, importantly, the researchers themselves. This
challenge is particularly acute at the moment with ‘Open Science’ one of the hottest topics around with organisations and funders from the G8 downwards stressing the importance of open data in driving everything from global innovation through to more accountable governance; not to mention the more direct possibility that non-compliance could result in research grant income drying up. There is a need to work with those researchers that need support to develop research data management processes and infrastructures that complement their ways of working and not just impose box-ticking exercises. We will explain the strategies, systems developed, and concerns arising to date at our two Universities to help support researchers and managers in this (r)evolution.
Delivered at the CRIS2014 Conference in Rome; published in Procedia Computer Science 33 (Jul 2014).; Contains conference paper (8 pages) and presentation (15 slides).; Much has been said in recent times about the alleged dichotomy between Institutional Repositories (IRs) and Current Research
Information Systems (CRISs). According to this highly ideological argument, IRs would be the platforms to support the noncommercial
initiative jointly carried out by HEIs – and specifically their Libraries – in order to freely disseminate their research outputs, whereas CRISs would support the whole institutional research information management (RIM) with special emphasis on projects and funding. RIM being an activity oriented towards reporting for research assessment exercises and thus tightly connected to the institutional funding, the support from the Management at HEIs for CRIS implementation and operation and for the Research Office traditionally in charge of such tasks would be much higher than for the much less relevant IR. Moreover, the awareness of researchers and scholars towards such platforms will usually be much higher for the CRIS – from whose accurate and complete depiction of their research activity their salaries will ultimately depend – and it won't be unusual to collect complaints on the need to ensure that both systems are simultaneously fed with the appropriate...
Delivered at the CRIS2014 Conference in Rome; published in Procedia Computer Science 33 (Jul 2014).; Contains conference paper (7 pages) and presentation (16 slides).; Information integration is an ongoing challenge in data management and various approaches have been proposed in database research. New technologies and application areas create different requirements for integration systems. Research information management (RIM) is yet another challenge for data integration. RIM has many properties that are typical for data integration scenarios: many data sources, various modeling languages and data models, heterogeneity in syntax and semantics. Furthermore, many stakeholders are involved in RIM, usually with diverting goals. The combination of these properties makes RIM a particular difficult integration problem.; In this paper, we discuss the applicability of data integration approaches to research information management. In particular, we want to highlight the lessons which have been learned in data integration in the recent years. Early approaches in data integration focused on the data models and the problems with schema integration. Recent work rather concentrates on the mappings between models and integration processes. Our main argument in this paper is that mappings should be also considered as key objects in research information systems.
28 slides.-- Presentation delivered at the conference "Research Information Systems: Integration for Open Access to Scientific Outputs" held Apr 2nd, 2014 at the CVTI SR in Bratislava, Slovakia.; The presentation introduces euroCRIS as an international organisation for promoting the implementation of efficient and interoperable research information management infrastructure with a particularly active presence in Eastern European countries. The Common European Research Information Format (CERIF) is described as a standard that will allow a comprehensive modeling of the research activity carried out at institutional or national level, with key features such as Link Entities or the Semantic Layer. The requirement for system interoperability is stressed within a complex Research Information Ecosystem where multiple systems need to exchange data. The key role CERIF plays in this framework is described with an example application to the modeling of research data via the 3-layer approach.