Following the Partnership Agreement signed in 2014 with euroCRIS, the European Organisation for Research Information, we are pleased to announce the launch of the first joint initiative: a comprehensive survey aiming to collect as much data as possible on the information systems currently in use to support the Research Area.
To have a clear and complete picture of the role of technology in Higher Education Institutions, all aspects require in-depth analysis. The Research Area is a crucial one for Universities and Research Centers and it is becoming increasingly important thanks to the diffusion of both Repositories and CRIS (Crurrent Research Information Systems).
Both the CRIS and repository communities have grown remarkably during these last few years, the systems’ functionalities have been extended and their role within the Institutions is changing due to new policies on Open Access, National Assessments and Research Fundings. As a result of this still ongoing evolution, we have now CRISs acting as repositories, repositories with extended data models, a wide range of interoperability features between co-existing CRISs and repositories and even a new species in the ecosystem that claims to be both a repository and a CRIS.
The scope of this initiative it is to collect information on technological solutions that support Research in order to analyse their relations with the other systems used within Higher Education Institutions: how they interoperate, which data and metadata are available and how they can be used.
A set of questions has been put together to collect a detail account of the running CRIS/Repositories systems at European institutions and made available online via a LimeSurvey platform.
The survey can be found at this link: https://inqueritos.up.pt/limesurvey/index.php/727886/lang-en
It will remain open for two months until the end of May and should not take longer than 15-20 minutes to complete.
After collecting such information, ERAI (the EUNIS Research and Analysis Initiative) will work with euroCRIS in order to analyse the results and create comparative studies and find valuable use cases and best practice to share with the Community.
The preliminary results will be presented at the forthcoming euroCRIS membership meeting in Paris next May and a presentation of its full outcome will be delivered next June at the EUNIS annual Congress in Dundee.
To remind: euroCRIS Membership Meeting will be held in Paris, 11-12 May, 2015 at AMUE. More information here
Thanks in advance for your collaboration.