I have seen an interesting interview to Ed Simmons president of the euroCRIS, that I have the pleasure to know personally due to my relation with the euroCRIS organisation as a member.
As Ed himself explains, euroCRIS is an organisation mainly dedicated to maintain and evolve an standard interchange system of the scientific information called CERIF (Common European Research Information Format) and to organise meetings at international level to promote the international collaboration between different research stakeholders.
The CERIF model format could be used to create the CRIS (Current Research information Systems) of the institutions to have an unique repository that stores all kind of research information of the institution, their researchers, groups, and so on.
In the interview, Ed explains some aspects of this CRIS’s, and why they are more and more relevant. He explains that provides the data about how the research is done and how research groups perform within the organisation, so it is a tool for managers to see whether the goals of the research reached and who produces more or less.
in short, he explains for whom are the CRIS’s:
- Is a database form the managers of the information (libraries, research areas, etc…)
- For researchers, because increase the number of all kinds of aspects of their research (projects, founders, timings, money, results, publications, datasets, etc…), to generate their CVs in many formats, or to show their scientific production on a web page or in a conference and so on.
- For the institutional evaluation of the research, who performs well or less at national level.
- To show the research to the world on the internet.
A CRIS also could be a primary resource for other systems, for example, OpenAcess repository or OpenData repository, so, in this way, the CRIS system has more and more a central position in the institution and it’s information could be exported to all kind of systems. A one spot for registering the information and then putting that information out of all kinds of info requesters.
In short: “only one system for all”.
Ed, asserts that if a institution has a CRIS, the researchers use it, and I agree with him. I work with a CRIS (SIGMA Research) that is running in some Spanish universities and I can assert, too, that it has this central position to which Ed refers. And day by day, these CRISs systems are more and more used.
Finally, I think that CRISs provides also the concept of FAIR data, i.e, information Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.
So in this way, I also agree with Ed that the CERIF format model, can help to improve especially the interoperability aspect of the FAIR data.
You can access the Ed Simmons interview, here