I attended the Autumn 2019 Strategic Membership Meeting that was held in #Münster #Germany from 18th to 20th November. This time, the key topic was: ” Exploring challenges to achieve a more effective system interoperability in research information management“
It was a really interesting meeting, were a hundred of participants had the opportunity to share knowledge and opinions related to the researh information management, among others.
There were many interesting presentations. One of them, related to Research Information in the Selection Process of Germany`s Universities of Excellence. Inka Spang from the German council of research explained an initiative of German Excellence strategy for funding. They don’t consider rankings, nor bibliometrics to select university of excelence, it’s all about the data and what researchers do (research information): What they do about funding, PHD lectures, awards, publications, and so on. They have an excellent commission that elaborates 19 evaluation reports and a table comparing the research data of the applicants. They demonstrate that multidimensional approach was effective. Combining peer review and sets of indicators, combining quality and quantitative information, combining open formats and standardized specifications, etc. The balance of this 7-year initiative is good.
There were some presentations related to new research identifiers: Josh Brown from Crossref, related to the creation of grant IDs, and Stephanie Hagemann-Wilholt – TIB – German National Library of Science and Technology, about identifiers for congresses (avoiding the ambiguity of conference titles and with equal acronyms or fake congresses). Also there were presentations about data classifications, explaining that the main objects of classification are: persons, institutes and projects. Which persons interact in a project? And so on…
The euroCRIS board explains in their summary, their 2019-2020 strategy that focuses on the advances of the interoperability through CERIF and the promotion of the external collaborations, such VIVO, among others.
Stefan Schelske presentation was about new professional roles in research, the interesting project BERTI – Research on CRIS Managers works is about : A new type of research manager “The CRIS manager” emerging? seems the answer is yes…
Following, Christian Hauschke, from TIB Hannover , presented the ROSI project. This project is about the implementation of Open Sciencometric indicators. Based on the need to change the evaluation and their perception. So, they asses that it’s needed to open scientometric data, indicators and infrastructures; it’s needed to have the scientific community in control and to design a prototype based on user needs.
I presented a project that we are developing in SIGMA this year about the automatic integration of the CRIS with the institutional repository DSPACE (The CRIS/IR interoperability project), that will led to easy and gives speed to the upload process of the publication to the repository, through the CRIS.
In short, it was a really interesting meeting, with very interesting initiatives, focusing the attention on new metrics systems for the research evaluation, new identifiers and new professional roles for research, confirming that the research scenario is evolving rapidly.