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
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!