euroCRIS

Current Research Information Systems
The International Organisation for Research Information

CERIF API

Two important landmarks for CERIF

1. The CERIF API (version 1.0 - August 2015)

The CERIF API  enables 3rd party software programs to access and reuse Research Information maintained in Current Research Information Systems (CRIS).  The primary objectives of the CERIF API are the following:

  1. Facilitate the interoperability of CRIS systems and their integration with other information systems.
  2. To enable the development of applications, services and components that can access and reuse information across different CRIS systems in a standard, unified way.

The CERIF API is mainly addressed to the following types of stakeholders:

  • Organizations and individuals (e.g. software developers, product managers, CRIS managers) involved in the implementation of CRIS software platforms, individual CRIS systems and related services.
  • Organizations and individuals (e.g. software developers, product managers) involved in the development of software applications, services and components that can benefit from retrieving and reusing the information stored in CRIS systems

Check the CERIF API web page for more information and downloads.

2. The OpenAire Guidelines for CRIS Managers  (June 2015)

The guidelines deal with how to implement direct harvesting of a CRIS by the international OpenAIRE Repository network, based on CERIF (XML).  They may well mark a milestone in  the propagation and implementation of CERIF (XML) as international standard exchange format. Especially so since managers of two major CRIS's, PURE and CONVERIS, have declared that they will implement the guidelines in their CRIS. The guidelines include the following information objects: 

  • Persons (researchers/authors)
  • Organisational Units (institutions, institutes, etc...)
  • Projects
  • Publications
  • Datasets
  • Services

You can read more about the guidelines in our news section  as well as download them from the CERIF-download pages on this website or from the ZENODO web site