Past 10 november 2015 I was participated in the euroCRIS membership meeting in Barcelona. It was a really interesting meeting. There, I made a speech called: Research information systems: what’s new? In my presentation, I talked about that nowadays there is a new scenario, a new paradigm about research, where all is open, and I asked, how did we get here? I talked about that traditionally, to make public a new discovery, could take a lot of time, from 6 months to 1 year or more. And that this is a valid but also an expensive system for several years and that actually, there is a different scenario where immediacy is more relevant. Also talked about this globalized world, where new forms of doing research have appeared. That researchers must take into account new forms of doing their research. And that this is the so-called Open Science or Open Research, putting, more than ever, the Researcher in the spotlight.
In this way I explain that new practices such as: Open Source, Open Access, Open Data, Open Notebook, Open Peer Review, have appeared, and with international collaboration and new ways to measure the research (Altmetrics), shape this new scenario,in order to new knowledge flow better and faster.
I highlighted that Open Science it’s not necessarily a substitute of the traditional methods of doing and evaluating the research, but it’s a new and added way of do it.
Finally I explained that, at SIGMA, through our suite SIGMA RESEARCH, we are working hard to provide the best tools and functionalities to support this new scenario, providing not only software, but also values like: experience, proximity, service, innovation, social responsibility and so on.
During the meeting there was really interesting speeches and round tables talking about some of the European initiatives for the research information management. Some of them focused on the ORCID (unique author identifier), and the CASRAI (dictionary of standardized research terms) evolution, and about relevant initiatives like OpenAIRE2020 to enhance the OpenAccess movement. Other projects like THOR (Technical & human infrastructures for open research) where explained, as well as all kind of identifiers (like ORCID) related to the research like ISNI, Ringgold, and so on. We saw details about the status of CERIF and CERIF API specification, and the major understanding of the growing importance about the use of this model in the CRISs and other applications. Another projects or initiatives like: SELRIM, DRIS, COAR, CODATA, EARMA and so on was also discussed.