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euroCRIS membership meeting in Helsinki: Towards and international #CRIS. #research #openScience #FAIR @euroCRIS_Org @VIVOcollab @SIGMA_AIE #HelsinkiMM

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Last week I attended and participated in the euroCRIS Membership Meeting that was held in the CSC – IT Centre for Science in Helsinki, Finland.

The theme of the meeting was:

“Taking steps towards international CRIS systems”.

The sessions were very interesting. Here are some highlight topics:

The announcement of the signature of a Memorandum of understanding between euroCRIS and openAIRE to foster their colaboration. euroCRIS has been collaborating with openAIRE for some time. OpenAIRE is an organization dedicated to shift scholarly communication towards openness and transparency and facilitate innovative ways to communicate and monitor research. They provide interoperability and linking services that connect research and enable researchers, content providers, funders and research administrators to easily adopt open science.

OpenAIRE allows for registration of institutional and thematic repositories registered in OpenDOAR, research data repositories registered in re3data, individual e-Journals, CRIS, aggregators and publishers.

One of the results in colaboration with euroCRIS was the publication of the OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers, that provides guidance to add supportive functionalities for CRIS managers and users. Exchange of information between individual CRIS systems and the OpenAIRE infrastructure is an example of point-to-point data exchange between CRIS systems, since the OpenAIRE infrastructure itself is a CRIS system.

In this way, Germany presented their experience charging their CRIS in openAIRE (https://www.openAIRE…/helpdesk). The advantages for them were clear: deduplication, openAIRE graph, data enrichment, relations, connections, etc.

Another relevant topic was the advances of the EOSC, the European Open Science Cloud of the research data, of the European Commission. They have one goal, “by 2020 we want all European researchers to able to deposit, access and analyze European scientific data through a European Open Science Cloud. (Carlos Moedas, 2016)”. This initiative is part of the Digital Single Market. First pilot of EOSC was released in 2016. Now there is a roadmap defined to evolve it.

There were some presentations related to OpenScience and specially about FAIR data, some, of course, from the Finish perspective. Finland has made good advances in openScience and FAIR data, so it’s a very good case study. They presented the research Hub, an access point to access the Finish research. National Research Information Hub gathers and shares data about research conducted in Finland. In future, information about researchers, publication, research data, ongoing research funding and research infrastructures can be effortlessly found from a single source, so it will provide a single, uniform, open and comprehensive access point available for everyone. The project was launched in 2017 and everything should be ready by 2020.

Another relevant presentation was also from Finland explaining an initiative for building an infrastructure for Open Access journals (https://journal.fi). This platform is based in open Journal Systems 3, OJS from PKP (Public knowledge project). In this way, small journals with limited resources can join to this platform. It’s not an officially platform, but relevant. Allows 12 months embargoes, but most are totally open access. They have actually 82 journals: 55 open access, 20 with embargo. They are planning the publication of monographs.

Some other initiatives were presented that aggregates the information of local CRIS in a national CRIS. Some of them with the euroCRIS standard for interchange of research information, CERIF. This is a trend at European level.

There was an interesting open pannel discussion with some participants and open to the all members to participate. The topic to discuss, was proposed to answer the key topic of the meeting: “Taking steps towards international CRIS systems”.

In this way, 3 questions were proposed:

  • Which resources are needed?
  • Which will be the best infrastructure model?
  • How could be proceed to start practical realization? Which partners?

To sum-up, codifications and standards are needed; the best infrastructure could be 3-layer (local CRIS at the bottom, aggregator in the middle and a showcasing tool at the top) and a good tool could be VIVO.

I presented the SIGMA’s experience with VIVO during last year that has allowed having a new Experts guide and a roadmap to improve the showcasing tools of SIGMA. Due our collaboration and participation with the VIVO governance, I also presented a new project in which SIGMA is involved: The CERIF2VIVO mapping. This project is collaboration between euroCRIS, VIVO and SIGMA and will enable the interoperability of both, CERIF and VIVO.

You can access my presentation here: 20190529_EuroCris_Helsinki – sended.

VIVO (from Duraspace), an OpenSource tool for the scholarly showcasing, has a very strong community where international top-ranking universities are members. SIGMA participates in the leadership group and steering group since 2018 and has collaborated in the definition of its roadmap.

VIVO is a powerful tool for the showcasing of research information. Their model is a RIS (Research information system) with a semantic approach.

There have been really interesting days to make and good ‘x-ray’ of the state-of-the-art of trends, functionalities and processes of the CRIS systems at European Level.