CRISCROS – A working group to bring together national and regional CRIS initiatives

There's been frequent presentations for national and regional CRIS in past euroCRIS membership meetings and CRIS conferences – see for instance SK CRIS, CRIStin, the Finnish Research Hub, POL-on and FRIS – but there was no initiative thus far to bring together all these projects in order to share best practices and try to learn from each other. This is a particularly valuable conversation given that plenty of the workflows for running these systems are in fact common even if each platform tends to design and implement them on its own.

This changed when the Austrian RIS Synergy project to explore the feasibility of developing a national research portal in the country sent a proposal for a half-day workshop to the CRIS2022 Conference in Dubronik called "The do's and dont's of building a sustainable portal". As explained in the Nov 2022 blog post announcing the launch of what would eventually become the CRISCROS Working Group, the round table discussion held in Dubrovnik laid the foundations for a regular collaboration and discussion forum across national and regional CRIS initiatives.

At the time of writing, the composition of the CRISCROS WG – which has already held three online meetings and a webinar on top of the launch session and discussion at the Nijmegen euroCRIS SMM last Autumn – includes representatives from a good number of CRIS initiatives across Europe and beyond.

This webpage for the CRISCROS WG within the euroCRIS website aims to provide an up-to-date account of the group's activities, presentations and publications:

[Forthcoming] May 15-17, 2024 - Several presentations and activities by the CRISCROS WG and some of its members within the CRIS2024 Conference in Vienna.

Mar 5th, 2024 - CRISCROS meeting on the topic of "Advanced Functionalities and Features in National/Regional CRIS". SDGs and the use of Machine Learning for classifying research outputs some of the topics discussed following a presentation by António Lopes at IUL-ISCTE.

Nov 23rd, 2023 - 2-hr face-to-face CRISCROS WS within the Autumn 2023 euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting in Pamplona

Sep 13th, 2023 - Third online WG meeting devoted to the topic of PIDs in national and regional CRIS. Presentation "The role of national and regional CRIS in the implementation of PIDs" available in the euroCRIS repository.

Jun 1st, 2023 - Specific session devoted to the CRISCROS WG at the Spring 2023 euroCRIS membership meeting in Brussels showcasing the recent progress around various national CRIS represented in the group

Apr 25th, 2023 - Second online WG meeting devoted to the discussion of common areas of activity, lessons learned from previous international collaboration efforts and opportunities for a closer cooperation across initiatives. The WG adopts the name CRISCROS as per the results of a poll among its members.

Case study presentations:
Michele Mennielli on lessons learned from the SELRIM project and Joonas Nikkanen on

Apr 19th, 2023 - Joint OpenAIRE/euroCRIS webinar on complying with the OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers. 

Feb 1st, 2023 - Kick-off online meeting for the then called National and Regional Research Portals WG. 










Dec 2nd, 2022 - National and Regional Research Portals WG officially launched by Sabine Neff (TU Wien) and Michael Greil (U Vienna) at the Autumn 2022 euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting in Nijmegen (Netherlands). An informal in-person meeting to discuss opportunities for collaboration is held in Nijmegen the previous day with the participation of some of the initiatives in attendance to the euroCRIS event (RIS Synergy, OKB, CRIStin, FRIS, Dialnet CRIS, Lyrasis).


To know more about the working group or to join it, please send an email to