First euroCRIS series of webinars

A first series of webinars will be held by euroCRIS during the week of Nov 23-27, 2020 to mark our virtual Autumn Membership Meeting 2020. The programme for this series of webinars detailed below includes an update on ongoing projects and initiatives around Research Information Management and CRIS Systems. Among other topics, talks in this series will deal with the development of a national-level CRIS infrastructure in different countries, with the ever increasing degree of CERIF-XML-enabled system interoperability and its implications or with the extension of the default CRIS data model to cover additional areas such as socialand economic impact of research.

All sessions in this series of webinars will start at 4pm CET and run for an hour (incl a 15-min Q&A). Every session will be chaired by a euroCRIS Board member, please see more info below.

Note.- Because there have been more proposals for talks than available slots that week, euroCRIS aims to follow-up on this series of webinars with further standalone webinars at the rate of one or two every month. 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 Nov 23-27, 2020 euroCRIS series of webinars

Mon Nov 23rd, 4pm CET, 10am SA PST "The PeruCRIS project" 
Presenters: César Olivares (CONCYTEC), Susanna Mornati (4Science), Alfonso Maza (Semicrol)
Chair: Pablo de Castro, U Strathclyde and euroCRIS Technical Secretary
Session recording             Slides

PerúCRIS is the World Bank-funded project managed by the Peruvian National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation to design and develop a national CRIS in the country. The project team at CONCYTEC contacted euroCRIS at the start of the project and in Oct 2018 the two organisations signed an MoU in Lima. A number of training and dissemination activities were organised under the umbrella of this MoU, esp regarding the implementation of the CERIF standard for the project. Following the (still ongoing) institutional pilots to explore the functionality of various CRIS solutions (Pure, DSpace-CRIS) at different Peruvian universities involved in the project, CONCYTEC have recently (June 15th, 2020) announced the awarding of the contract to implement the National CRIS platform.

Since the two companies that will develop the DSpace-CRIS-based platform are institutional members of euroCRIS, this first webinar in the series will be delivered as a joint presentation with representatives of the CONCYTEC, 4Science and Semicrol.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Tue Nov 24th, 4pm CET, 6pm IST "The CRIS-IL project for developing a National CRIS in Israel" 
Presenters: Gad Rabinowitz (Ben Gurion University of the Neguev) and Dror Berger (Inter-University Computation Center, IUCC)
Chair: Sadia Vancauwenbergh, U Hasselt and euroCRIS Board member
Session recording             Slides

A project to implement a national CRIS infrastructure in Israel is currently under way. Led by the Inter-University Computation Center (IUCC) and with Gad Rabinowitz at Ben Gurion University of the Neguev at its helm, the CRIS-IL project aims to use a distributed Pure platform that can provide a national-level aggregation for the research information stemming from the nine institutions in the country.

Wed Nov 25th, 4pm CET "An Update on The Hércules project in Spain" 
Presenters: Jesualdo Tomás Fernández Breis, Reyes Hernández-Mora Martínez, Hércules project team at Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Chair: Miguel Angel Sicilia, U Alcalá and euroCRIS Board member
Session recording             Slides

The EU-funded Hércules project to develop a national-level semantic research information management infrastructure in Spain saw a first presentation at a euroCRIS event during the 2019 Autumn membership meeting in Münster.

Led by a project team at the University of Murcia under the auspices of the Spanish Conference of University Rectors (CRUE), Hércules had asked for a dedicated workshop at the CRIS2020 conference in Limassol to deliver an update on their progress and to interact with the international (and esp Southern European) research information management community. Same as for the CRIS-IL project talk above, this Hércules workshop could not be held back in June’20 and is instead being replaced by a slot in this series of webinars.

Thu Nov 26th, 4pm CET Double session on "Advancing CRIS interoperability: ongoing initiatives" 
Presenters: Andreas Czerniak, OpenAIRE Advance Team at Universität Bielefeld, Germany and Sarah de Rijcke, Scientific Director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) in Leiden, the Netherlands and member of the Dutch Taskforce on Responsible Management of Research Information and Data set up by the VSNU, NFU and NWO
Chair: Jan Dvorak, Charles University Prague and euroCRIS Board member
Session recording: OpenAIRE & OKB-NL             Slides

(a) Progress in the implementation of OpenAIRE CERIF-XML Guidelines
One of the main areas of activity of euroCRIS in recent times has been the promotion of the implementation of the OpenAIRE CERIF-XML Guidelines for CRIS Managers under the MoU signed between euroCRIS and the OpenAIRE legal entity back in May 2019. The OpenAIRE-funded METIS2OpenAIRE project resulted in the production of a number of case studies for institutional CRIS metadata harvesting and aggregation by OpenAIRE. While the number of OpenAIRE-compliant CRISs continues to grow, it’s still a limited number of them and further dissemination is required to ensure a more widespread adoption of this system interoperability standard. This webinar will offer an opportunity for the OpenAIRE Advance team at the University of Bielefeld to deliver an update on the progress of the work to turn CRIS systems into certified data providers for OpenAIRE and thus to make their research output ready for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

(b) OKB-NL
Last year, the Dutch research institutions and Elsevier signed a contract that includes Open Access publishing and reading services. An important feature of the deal is that it moves beyond Open Access: it is also an agreement about the joint development of new research intelligence services. The deal also mentions the possibility of an Open Knowledge Base (OKB). An expert Taskforce was installed at the beginning of 2020 to 1) establish a set of terms and conditions under which metadata of public research output can be (re)used and enriched by public and private organizations, and 2) to describe the concept of this OKB for the responsible management of research information and data, consistent with Dutch Open Science goals. In this talk, Sarah de Rijcke, member of this Taskforce, will discuss some of the opportunities and challenges of a national-level, community-governed OKB.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Fri Nov 27th, 4pm CET "The SynSICRIS project to explore Synergies for Societal Impact in Current Research Information Systems" 
Presenters: Birge Wolf, Andrea Moser, Doris Lange (Universität Kassel), Andrea Bollini (4Science)
Chair: Pablo de Castro, U Strathclyde and euroCRIS Technical Secretary
Session recording             Slides

The BMEL-funded SynSICRIS project is a collaboration beteween University of Kassel, Disy Informationssysteme GmbH and 4Science srl. The project  aims to extend the open source DSpace-CRIS platform with entities related to research contributions to societal impact and functionalities for using the CRIS in funding processes. The work is carried out in the domain of agricultural research as an example, but with a focus on transferability to other fields of research.

The overall project aims are to assess, acknowledge and increase the contribution of research to societal impact and to support impact-oriented funding processes. A specific element for development within the SynSICRIS project is a user interface to create Impact-Pathways.