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Bratislava Strategic Membership Meeting, November 2017

Membership Meetings

euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting, November 20-22, Bratislava, Slovakia

In Cooperation with the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (CVTI SR)

The theme of the Meeting is:

Research Information and Open Science

So a very topical theme, given a.o.t. the relevance for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Initiative. Add to this the fact that we have been able to contact as a key note speaker, the Director of the EOSC project: Dr. Jean-Claude Burgelman and you will agree that this is a not to miss event! So make sure to already reserve the dates in your agendas. Also non-members are welcome!


Registration is open:

Registration for the event is mandatory, but free of charge for euroCRIS members. Non-members may also attend the meeting for a fee of 60 Euro. With this fee they will automatically get a personal membership until January 1, 2019.
The meeting dinner will take place on Tuesday, November 21th at the marvelous Patrónsky pivovar. The cost of the meeting dinner is 40 Euro. The dinner can be booked in combination with the registration. 
Registration will close on November 13th, 2017.

Preliminary Programme

This is the draft programme for the forthcoming euroCRIS SMM to be held next Nov in Bratislava, Slovakia. While several participants are yet to confirm their contribution at this stage, a sufficient number of presentations are already available for announcing this early programme. The programme will be gradually completed as new confirmations arrive.

The programme contains several timely sessions related to the current activity in the area of Open Science and specifically to the work presently being done by euroCRIS. A session on 'Open Science and FAIR Data: the view from the EU' will open the event, with presentations by high-level stakeholders such as Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of the EOSC initiative, and Simon Hodson, Head of the EU FAIR Data Expert Group among others. Their presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with the audience.

This will be followed by the traditional euroCRIS National and Regional Sessions, in this occasion devoted to the current work around research information management in Slovakia and in the wider Central/Eastern European region. Presentations from local authorities and initiatives will be completed with case studies on institutional best practices and exciting projects around Open Science taking place in the region.

A specific session, under the working title of ‘CERIF-supported interoperability’, will look into the work currently being carried out by euroCRIS on different projects. These will include among other the progress towards the release of the CERIF-XML-based OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers, the joint work with the Jisc in the UK for the CERIFication of the Research Data Shared Service, the P-O-F-P project on interoperability across institutional and national-level CRIS systems in the Netherlands or the most recent progress achieved by the PT-CRIS project in Portugal.

This Strategic Membership Meeting will also include an innovative parallel event devoted to the implementation of the DSpace-CRIS open source research information management platform in Europe. This will be held on Monday (Nov 20th) morning as a workshop organised by 4Science with the participation of several projects currently working on the implementation of DSpace-CRIS-based systems in different European countries. Their short presentations will be followed by a discussion on the needs felt by these initiatives and on the forthcoming features to be made available as part of this platform.

No euroCRIS SMM would finally be complete without a session devoted to exchanging views on the current developments with the wide set of euroCRIS strategic partners, which include the likes of OCLC, DuraSpace, CASRAI EU Chapter initiative, EARMA, COAR, ALLEA, ORCID, OpenAIRE and EUNIS. Several of these strategic partners will deliver presentations of their own, followed by a panel discussion on the next steps towards a more effective implementation of their joint strategy. This panel session is conceived as a follow-up to the one held a year ago at the Athens SMM.

Monday November 20th

10:00 - 13:00 4Science meeting
14:00 - 16:00 Task groups meetings
16:00 - 18:00 Tutorial CERIF
19:00 - Welcome Reception

Tuesday November 21st

09:00 - 11:00 Open Science and FAIR Data

  • Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of the EOSC initiative: keynote
  • Simon Hodson, Head of the EU FAIR Data Expert Group
  • Others (TCB)

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:15 Panel discussion with the audience
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:15 National Session (SK)

  • Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of SR: State aid system for R&D and information system on research, development and innovations (presenter TBC)
  • Ondrejčáková, Skarlet (Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Government for an Open Society): The Development of Open Science in Slovakia
  • Kasáková, Jana (CVTI SR): Activities on Open Science Support in CVTI SR
  • Zendulková, Danica (CVTI SR): The SK CRIS system and a R&D Data Integration
  • Samuely Peter (Slovak Academy of Science): Research Information System in SAS
  • Noge, Juraj (CVTI SR): An integrated system of services and science support systems

15:15 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Strategic Partners (spread over 1st and 2nd day)

  • OCLC, DuraSpace, CASRAI EU Chapter initiative, EARMA, COAR, ALLEA, ORCID, OpenAIRE and EUNIS (TBC)

19:00h Dinner: Patrónsky pivovar

Wednesday November 22nd

09:00 - 11:00 Regional session

  • Boosting Engagement of Serbian Universities in Open Science (BE-OPEN) (project representative TBC)
  • Services of the Tomas Bata University Library for researchers (Ivan Masár, TBU Zlín)
  • Other speakers - TBC

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:30 CERIF-supported interoperability (Titles and speakers to be confirmed)

  • CERIF-XML OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers
  • Progress on the CERIFication of the Jisc RDSS project
  • An update on the Dutch P-O-F-P project
  • An update on the Portuguese PT-CRIS project: inclusion of CASRAI abridged CV

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Business session

  • Peter Leijten - Treasurer: Budget 2018

14:30 - 16:00 Strategic partners (spread over 1st and 2nd day)

  • OCLC, DuraSpace, CASRAI EU Chapter initiative, EARMA, COAR, ALLEA, ORCID, OpenAIRE and EUNIS (TBC)

16:00 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:15 Panel strategic partners

  • Follow-up panel discussion with the Strategic Partners on the started up Research Information initiative at the Strategic Membership Meeting in Athens, November 2016.

17:15 - 17:30 Closing

Practical information

Venue of the meeting

The euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting will take place in the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information, Lamačská cesta 8/A, Bratislava (GPS: S 48.16987°, V 17.07459°).

How to get to the meeting venue?

  • Transpost from/to Vienna airport
    Direct connection between Vienna airport and the Bratislava main bus station (Autobusová stanica Mlynské Nivy) with Eurolines or Regiojet lines. From the main bus station (Mlynské Nivy) to the bus stop Patrónka (bus no. 21 or no. 25). Then walk ca. 2 minutes (140 m) to the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information.
  • Transport from/to Bratislava airport
    From the airport to the bus stop Trnavské mýto (bus no. 61), then continue to the bus stop Patrónka (bus no. 63) or to the bus stop SAV (trolleybus no. 204) and then continue to the bus stop Patrónka (bus no. 21 or no. 63). Then walk ca. 2 minutes (140 m) to the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information.
  • Transport from/to the train station
    From the main train station to the bus stop SAV (bus no. 32), then continue to the bus stop Patrónka (bus no. 21, no. 25 or no. 63). Then walk ca. 2 minutes (140 m) to the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information.
  • If you are leaving from another place, you can use the following connections to the bus stop Patrónka:
    the buses no: 21, 25, 30, 37, 63, 83, 84, 92
    the trolleybuses: 207, 211, 212

The bus tickets can be purchased from the vending machine or from the newsstand. The ticket is marked directly in the means of transport. You can find the ticket price here.
You can also download the application of Bratislava public transport services here.
Hop In and Uber mobile application are available for Bratislava.
You can find all information about transport in the city on the official tourist website.


You can enjoy your stay in Bratislava in one of the following hotels that are recommended by our co-organisers:

Hotel Matyšák***
Ibis Bratislava Centrum***
Crowne Plaza****
Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava****
Hotel Brix****
Hotel Devín****
Hotel Mercure****
Hotel Tatra****

You may also find your accommodation in the neighborhood of the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information using

About Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, lies along both sides of the river Danube, in the south-west of the country, close to the borders with Austria and Hungary. City has a rich cultural life, with a large number of museums, galleries and theatres, including world-renowned Slovak National Theatre, and annually hosts many festivals and other cultural events.