Spring 2021 series of euroCRIS webinars

Following the first series of euroCRIS webinars held last Nov 2020 to mark our virtual Autumn 2020 Membership Meeting, a new Spring 2021 series of webinars has been put together to replace the Spring 2021 Membership Meeting originally planned to be held as an on-site event at the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol. The programme for this new series of webinars detailed below includes again an update on exciting projects and initiatives going on in the area of Research Information Management and CRIS Systems. The talks in this series will continue to address -- among other topics -- the development of a national-level CRIS infrastructure in different countries, together with new initiatives for building homegrown institutional CRIS systems. A further webinar will explore -- in collaboration with our Strategic Partner OCLC -- the differences in the way institutional research information management is implemented at United States and European institutions.

All sessions in this series of webinars will start at 3:30pm CEST and run for an hour and a half (incl a 30-min Q&A). Every session will be chaired by a euroCRIS Board member, please see more info below.

Note.- Because there have again been more candidates for talks than available slots during that week of May 17-21, euroCRIS will hold additional standalone sessions within our series of monthly webinars same as we did for instance for the Feb 11th joint euroCRIS/EARMA webinar. 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 May 17-21, 2021 euroCRIS series of webinars

Mon May 17th, 3:30pm CEST,  "The GISMO project for developing an in-house-built CRIS system at the University of Ghent" 
Presenters: Esther de Smet, Jan Verhamme, Pascale Blancquaert (University of Ghent)
Chair: Sadia Vancauwenbergh, U Hasselt and euroCRIS President
Session recordings: GISMO - An Update on euroCRIS             Slides

The GISMO project to develop a homegrown institutional research information management systems at the University of Ghent in Flanders started back in 2014. In 2021, after a long journey, the GISMO research portal is already operational. We are pleased to stage a presentation by the team behind the development and implementation of this system in which they will elaborate on the reasons why they chose to build it in-house, the design and implementation process, the reception by the U Ghent researchers and staff and the flexibility a homegrown architecture provides in terms of the system interoperability with the Flanders Research Information Space (FRIS) regional CRIS.

Note.- This first webinar in the series will include at the beginning a short update on recent internal developments at euroCRIS such as the 2020 annual account or the updated euroCRIS Statutes. These are matters that would typically be shared with our members during a Spring membership meeting, but given we're still unable to hold these on-site, the session chair and euroCRIS President Sadia Vancauwenbergh will take this opportunity to provide a brief update. 


Tue May 18th, 3:30pm CEST "The DRIS+ project: Preparing CRIS Systems for Interoperability with OpenAIRE via the euroCRIS Directory of Research Information Systems (DRIS)" 
Presenters: Pablo de Castro (U Strathclyde and euroCRIS Technical Secretary) and Jan Dvorak (Charles University Prague and euroCRIS Board member)
Chair: Eiken Friedrichsen, U Kiel and euroCRIS Board member
Session recording             Slides

The euroCRIS DRIS+ project to enhance the Directory of Research Information Systems (DRIS) was funded by OpenAIRE under its Open Innovation Call. Besides growing the DRIS by adding new entries and implementing specific features like geolocation and the OpenAIRE and RDM+ badges, the main goal of the project, which ran from Feb 2020 to Feb 2021, was to implement a REST API on top of the DRIS that enabled the remote retrieval of specific metadata for the CRIS records held in the directory. This was seen as a key improvement in the information exchange workflows that will eventually allow CRIS systems to become certified OpenAIRE providers.


Wed May 19th, 3:30pm CEST "Research Information Management Practices at US Institutions" 
Presenters: Jan Fransen (U Minnesota) and Rebecca Bryant (OCLC Research)
Chair: Pablo de Castro, U Strathclyde and euroCRIS Technical Secretary
Session recording             Slides

The OCLC Research project "Research Information Management at US Institutions" follows up on the previous collaboration between OCLC and euroCRIS to conduct a worldwide survey of RIM practices that resulted in the 2018 report "Practices and Patterns in Research Information Management". That report highlighted the need to carry out further research on the RIM practices in specific countries and geographic areas. A team led by Rebecca Bryant at OCLC and Jan Fransen at the University of Minnesota has now put together a series of institutional case studies exploring the way RIM practices are implemented in the United States.

The project presentation will also offer an opportunity to discuss the significant differences in the way RIM is understood and practiced in the United States and in Europe, providing an opportunity to explore whether the differences in terminology -- CRIS being a "European" term for solutions that are traditionally called Research Information Management Systems (RIMS) in the US -- do actually conceal deeper differences in the institutional RIM practice.


Thu May 20th, 3:30pm CEST "An update on the development of the Research.fi portal" 
Presenters: Hanna-Mari Puuska (CSC and euroCRIS Board member)
Chair: Jan Dvorak, Charles University Prague and euroCRIS Board member
Session recording             Slides

The Research.fi portal was first presented to the euroCRIS community during the Spring 2019 Membership Meeting in Helsinki/Espoo. Research.fi helps to find research and researchers in Finland. It was launched in 2020 and automatically updates information from research organisations’ CRIS and from funders registers. No information is entered manually in Research.fi. Thereby, it does not increase researchers’ reporting but aims to make the already existing information reusable through one access point. At the moment, Research.fi contains information on publications, research data, research infrastructures, and funded projects. It also provides statistical information on the development of research resources and impact. The service is developed in phases and the next steps include, for example, a researchers’ profile tool and improved search functionalities based on semantic indexing.


Fri May 21st, 3:30pm CEST "The CroRIS Project to Build a National CRIS in Croatia" 
Presenters: Davorin Kremenjaš (SRCE Zagreb)
Chair: Sebastian Herwig, WWU Münster and euroCRIS Board member
Session recording             Slides

The Scientific and Technological Foresight project to develop a national CRIS in Croatia (CroRIS) is expected to host the CRIS2022 CRIS Conference in Dubrovnik. Led from the University of Zagreb Computing Centre (SRCE), the development of CroRIS is reaching its half-way point later this year. Once CroRIS reaches its maturity, it will include the national data on researchers, institutions, projects, research work, publications, products, patents, equipment, services, events etc. In this talk, we will show what has been achieved thus far and discuss the challenges and some future plans for the project.