November 18th , 2013
euroCRIS can look back at a successful autumn Membership Meeting; held from 14-15th of November, hosted by the University of Porto, and perfectly organized by the Pro-rector of this university, Profesora Lígia Maria Ribeiro and her team.
The presentations are available both on our website and the event website
Once again, it has shown that the formula of the Membership Meetings provides an optimal opportunity for euroCRIS to exchange information with its members, in a two-way direction, as well as to get information and insight into interesting developments going on in the country where the meeting is being held. During the two days, a.o.t. an overview was given of the CRIS situation in Portugal. One of the important developments going on in this country is the preparation of the implementation of a national CRIS system, that will be based on CERIF. Apart from using the CERIF-standard, this project also is a good example of how euroCRIS, and the expertise present in the network, can be of assistance and support to countries and institutions embarking upon the CRIS path. The project leader of the national Portuguese CRIS Project, in an early stage already, has contaced euroCRIS for advice and consultancy, and this now pays off in getting the project optimally organised. This can be an example for our membership in general, to - more than just meeting during euroCRIS events - make use of the great potential of expertise, experience and knowledge about Research Information in general and CRIS in particular, that is available within the euroCRIS network.
Apart from the situation in Portugal, also reports of developments going on in some other countries were presented (Finland, Russia, UK) as well as projects on an international scale (ACUMEN, ENGAGE, EuroRisNet+, DSpace-CRIS, overview of CRIS-implementations in Europe).
During the Membership Meeting it also once again became clear that there are common issues concerning Research Information, we (insitutions, countries), are all being confronted/dealing with at the moment, among which the aspects:
- Research Data Management (storage, discovery, accessibility, re-use, preservation)
- Evaluation, performance, benchmarking, impact of research and actors in research (researchers, institutes, disciplines...)
- Interoperability as a key aspect to realize an optimal, international, solution in research information (harvesting, harmonization, integration, ....).
Last but not least, within the framework of a presentation by a Brazilian representative of the LATTES-system (LATTES: Brasilian normalised researcher CV) a connection has been made to the Brasilian CRIS community, possibly leading to a strategic partnership and memorandum of understanding between euroCRIS and the LATTES organization.
In the same line, a Strategic Partnership and MoU with ORCID was announced during the Meeting, the US-based organization that promotes, issues and manages unique researcher ID's on a global scale.
These two developments bare witness of the fact that euroCRIS is reaching out beyond Europe and more and more becomes an important player on a global scale within the research information domain.