Autumn 2021 Series of euroCRIS webinars

Following the Spring 2021 series of euroCRIS webinars held in May this year to mark our virtual Spring 2021 Membership Meeting, a new Autumn 2021 series of webinars has been prepared to replace what would’ve been the on-site Autumn 2021 Membership Meeting in the week of Nov 22-26, 2021. From the EC Data4R&I initiative to collect and exploit data from national and regional CRIS in Europe to the ongoing initiative to collect research equipment in Flemish CRISs and in the regional FRIS portal, the programme for this new series of euroCRIS webinars detailed below includes again an update on exciting projects and initiatives going on in the area of Research Information Management and CRIS Systems across Europe.

As opposite to previous euroCRIS webinar series, not all sessions in this Autumn 2021 series of webinars will be held in the same timeslot. Most of them will run in a 4:00-5:00pm CET (including some time for a short Q&A with the audience), but there will be exceptions. Also exceptionally this Autumn 2021 series of webinars will include a session in Spanish language to better reach the audience for an update on the Hércules project we heard about in our Autumn 2020 series of webinars a year ago. As usual, every session will be chaired by a euroCRIS Board member and the session slides and recording will be made openly available after the event.

Note.- We are hoping this Autumn 2021 series of webinars to be the last series of online events we put together to replace an on-site membership meeting. The next euroCRIS event, namely our May 12-14, 2022 CRIS2022 conference in Dubrovnik (Croatia), should already take place as a physical event (or as a hybrid one in a worst-case scenario). This notwithstanding, euroCRIS will continue to hold additional standalone webinars whenever there’s a development that merits this format. The topics and dates for these further sessions will be regularly announced via our members' mailing list and social media outlets.


Draft programme for the Autumn 2021 series of euroCRIS webinars

Mon Nov 22nd, 16:00-17:00 hrs CET "The EC Data4R&I Initiative: international CRIS interoperability" 
Presenter: Pavel Zbornik (European Commission, DG Research & Innovation)
Chair: Pablo de Castro, U Strathclyde and euroCRIS Technical Secretary
Slides              Recording

While there are plenty of use cases for national- or regional-level CRIS interoperability, not so many of them have so far been raised for international CRIS interoperability. An case study for this -- the NordRIS proposal for an international CRIS in Nordic European countries -- was analysed at the Spring 2019 membership meeting in Helsinki, but this remains a rather unusual approach. Now the EC Data4R&I initiative is aiming to explore the feasibility of collecting specific data on research and innovation from national and regional CRIS portals for a European-wide analysis of for instance funding streams, see a summary presentation the leads for this initiative shared with euroCRIS earlier this year. CERIF is aimed to provide the means for this technical interoperability to happen, but a discussion needs to first take place on how widely CERIF is implemented across these CRIS systems in order for them to be interoperable. These topics, including the scoping work the Data4R&I initiative has already gone through in order to identify possible candidates for data collection, will be explored in this session, which may hopefully see an in-person follow-up at the CRIS2022 conference in Dubrovnik in May next year.


Tue Nov 23rd, 15:00-16:00 hrs CET Double session on "Cross-institutional collaboration networks around CRIS systems: case studies from the Netherlands and Denmark" 
Presenter: Ellen Fest, University of Wageningen, Netherlands and Anne Thorst Melbye, University of Southern Denmark
Chair: Ed Simons, euroCRIS Board member and former euroCRIS President, Radboud U Nijmegen
Slides: 1st presentation    2nd presentation              Recording

There are several working groups in Europe devoted to exploring cross-institutional collaboration for an optimal CRIS system operation -- including the DINI AG FIS in Germany, the UK Pure User Group in the United Kingdom, the Omega-PSIR User Group in Poland or the NL-Pure UG in the Netherlands. This session will provide an insight into some collaborative activities the universities involved in these cross-institutional are working on in the area of CRIS systems. Two case studies will feature on this session, a first one from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the second one from Syddansk Universitet in Denmark.

(a) "The NL - Pure User Group: The CRIS of the future OR the future of the CRIS"
The University of Wageningen is leading a new project within the NL-Pure UG called "The CRIS of the future OR the future of the CRIS?". The project aims to explore the role institutional CRIS systems may play in areas like the collection and reporting of research information to various stakeholders. This WUR project is running in the context of the wider Open Knowledge Base-NL initiative we heard about from Sarah de Rijcke in a previous presentation within the Autumn 2020 series of euroCRIS webinars.

(b) "CRIS collaboration in the Danish University Library sector - now and in the future"
In Aug 2020 a group of CRIS colleagues working in libraries at different Danish institutions published a (Danish-language) report called "The CRIS collaboration in the university library sector - now and in the future". The report explored the similarities and differences in the way the research information management workflows are operated across institutions in the group and found that while all Danish universities register publications, activities, prices and the press/media outputs in their CRIS systems, typically only publications are quality-assured by the Pure staff at the University Libraries. The other research activities are handled in different ways at the university libraries. This session will showcase the findings and recommendations of this study and highlight possible future opportunities for cross-institutional alignment.


Wed Nov 24th, 16:00-17:00 hrs CET "Enhancing the Flanders Research Information Space (FRIS): capturing research equipment and facilities info in Flemish CRIS systems" 
Presenters: Ils De Bal, Pascale Dengis (Flemish Government, Department Economy, Science and Innovation) and Hanne Poelmans (ECOOM-U Hasselt)
Chair: Sadia Vancauwenbergh, U Hasselt and euroCRIS President
Slides              Recording

In this session we will learn about the plans the Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government is currently implementing to add research equipment and facilities to the research information collected at institutional CRIS systems acting as data providers for the Flemish Research Information Space (FRIS) regional CRIS. A group of presenters from EWI and Hasselt University will explain the rationale for having this additional information collected in CRIS systems, the creation of a new metadata model and the opportunities it may offer in terms of further expanding the concept of research graph.


Thu Nov 25th, 15:00-16:00 hrs CET "An update from OpenAIRE: Registering CRIS systems in Provide and the Open Science Observatory" 
Presenter: Andreas Czerniak (U Bielefeld and OpenAIRE)
Chair: Jan Dvorak, Charles University Prague and euroCRIS Board member
Slides              Recording

Following the OpenAIRE presentation within the Autumn 2020 series of euroCRIS webinars a year ago, this further update on the work done by the all-European OpenAIRE network will address recent developments in areas like Open Science, FAIRness of research information and CRIS system registration and harvesting. Progress around registration of CRIS systems in OpenAIRE PROVIDE will be summarised and the recently launched OpenAIRE Open Science Observatory will be introduced.


Fri Nov 26th, 13:00-14:00 hrs CET "El proyecto Hércules: progresos recientes" (Spanish language)
Presenter: Reyes Hernández-Mora (Universidad de Murcia)
Chair: Miguel Ángel Sicilia, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (UAH) and euroCRIS Board member
Slides              Recording

[ES] Hace un año tuvimos ocasión de escuchar a Reyes Hernández-Mora Martínez y Jesualdo Tomás Fernández Breis, integrantes del equipo del proyecto Hércules en la Universidad de Murcia, acerca de los planes y los progresos de esta iniciativa para desarrollar e implantar un sistema CRIS de ámbito nacional en España. En esta ocasión, con el proyecto aproximándose a su conclusión, el equipo Hércules presentará el estado de la iniciativa, así como los primeros resultados en el ámbito de la implantación de sus primeros módulos. Asimismo, el equipo del proyecto ha expresado su interés por organizar una sesión dedicada a Hércules en el marco de la conferencia CRIS2022 que tendrá lugar en mayo del próximo año en Dubrovnik, Croacia.
Nota.- Esta presentación se realizará excepcionalmente en español con el fin de llegar a una audiencia más amplia entre las instituciones del país.

[EN] A year ago we had the opportunity to learn about the Hercules project plans and developments from Reyes Hernández-Mora Martínez and Jesualdo Tomás Fernández Breis from the Hércules project team at Universidad de Murcia within the Autumn 2020 series of euroCRIS webinars. This time, with the project gradually approaching its Nov'2022 end-date, we will have a further update on the progress of this project to implement a national-level CRIS in Spain. The current status of the initiative will be presented in this session, together with the first project results in terms of the implementation of its first modules. Furthermore, the Hércules project team have expressed their interest in organising a specific session devoted to the project at the May 12-14, 2022 CRIS2022 conference in Dubrovnik.
Note.- This presentation will exceptionally be delivered in Spanish language as a means to reach a wider audience across Spanish institutions potentially interested in the project.