As a member of euroCRIS organisation, I attended the Spring 2017 EuroCRIS Membership Meeting in Dublin taking place from the 29th and until de 31st of May. During the meeting I presented one of our leading projects in scientific management; the implementation of a SIGMA CRIS CERIF for Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).
My presentation was the story of how a CRIS system implementation was able to boost scientific information both internally and externally for an institution leading in research. There, I presented through some real examples, how to use and reuse the scientific information with a goal:
“collect data once, reuse it many times”
I talked about the data quality, avoiding redundancy, the using of standards and the relationship with openAccess among others.
Later, I presented the 100% cloud SIGMA Research tools that gives support to the whole research lifecycle.
I have also the opportunity to attend all the presentations, were participants, showed various examples of CRISs in different European countries, focusing on the openScience (mainly openAccess, openData), and how to improve the use of the scientific information, highlighting the role of the libraries.
We also took the chance to establish the general tends of the state-of-the-art of the CRIS implementations as well as future needs. We are agree of the importance of CRIS for the future of research recognising there is still a lot to be done.
In terms of the future needs, we all emphasised the fact that researchers should improve their data management skills in order to make the information more useful and shareable. Another area to improve is the visibility of CRIS amongst institutions to prevent parallel and unilateral projects to resolve what CRIS already resolves. Finally, constant communication to guarantee the information is updated in the institutional repositories and accountability of the information were also highlighted as important milestones to move forward.
In short, very interesting presentations, in the beautiful city of Dublin!