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euroCRIS exists because information is required for a broad variety of stakeholders: researchers, research managers and administrators, research councils, entrepreneurs and technology transfer organisations, and for the media an the public. Following a period of activities and meetings in an informal setting, which started in 1991, euroCRIS became a professional not-for-profit association of CRIS experts with legal status in 2002. This was a logical development since the European Commission handed over the custodianship of CERIF (Common European Research Information Format) to euroCRIS and euroCRIS wished to become an authoritative interlocutor for national and European authorities and a serious partner in research projects and networks in this field. The mission of euroCRIS is derived from this ambition. Areas of interest not only cover research databases and maintenance of CERIF, but explicitly also CRIS related data like scientific datasets, (open access) institutional repositories, as well as data access and exchange mechanisms, standards and guidelines and best practice for CRIS. Since its formal establishment euroCRIS has developed into an active and vibrant organisation, in which members from various backgrounds are working together on advanced systems to support the ideal CRIS environment. This is facilitated by a flexible Board structure with Executives and Task Group leaders. The Task Groups are the heart of the organisation where most of the work is done. euroCRIS nurtures the CRIS community by events, a new advanced CERIF driven website, a newsletter, online discussion forums and other appropriate mechanisms. Members, strategic partners and external experts meet in a series of biannual membership meetings, annual strategic seminars and biennial conferences. The output from these events is publicly available.
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