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!
I’ve been involved in a very interesting Project with some of the universities of the SIGMA AIE universities consortium where I work. It’s not new, and maybe it seems that it’s not a big project, but the relevance of the results that it shows, are clear.
It’s about the researchers Bibliometric information. As we know, this is a very important and relevant information for the Researchers and their scientific activity. It’s a key information, for example, to obtain funding and for their accreditation and evaluation as a researcher or scholar.
This information is extracted automatically and stored in the CRIS (Current Research Information System of the institution), so nobody must enter it. This information is sometimes validated by the library staff.
Here are two exemples:
You can access the ‘Scientific Production Portal’ of the Universitat de Vic-Central de Catalunya, UVIC-UCC or the ‘Scientific output’ of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, UPF publically, and select a Researcher of the institution. Here, we can see their main bibliometric indicators such as: Index H of WOS, Scopus and Google scholar and cites of google scholar besides the Researcher photo.
Then, we can enter one of the publications and see the main bibliometric indicators related to the publication such as: cites in Scopus, Wos, Google scholar, Scimago, altmetrics and so on…
Another example, this time from the UPF:
This information, in addition to giving public information about the Researcher, is very valuable information for the institution that can manage information about its positioning and can analyze its scientific production thru these standard indicators. The possibilities are great.
I really enjoyed being in this project, and it’s only the beginning…