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Title: CERIF – Is the standard helping to improve CRIS?
Authors: Pinto, Carlos Sousa 
Simões, Cláudia 
Amaral, Luis 
Keywords: CERIF;current research information systems;metadata standards;Dublin Core
Issue Date: 15-May-2014
Publisher: euroCRIS
Source: "Managing Data-Intensive Science: the Role of Research Information Systems in Realising the Digital Agenda": Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems (2014)
Procedia Computer Science 33: 80-85 (2014)
Series/Report no.: CRIS2014: 12th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems (Rome, May 13-15, 2014)
Conference: CRIS2014 Conference 
Governments and organizations are creating Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) to follow the growth of the amount of
research data, providing tools to collect, preserve and disseminate that data. At the same time, we are facing the appearance of
standards designed to regulate CRIS development. Common European Research Information Format (CERIF) is a standard for
managing and exchanging research data. There are several types of CRIS – institutional, regional, national and international. In
this work we have just considered the national and international types and 43 CRIS of those types were identified worldwide.
Only 5 of them are CERIF-compliant. The aim of this study is to conclude if the use of CERIF is increasing the number of features in CRIS. Based on our methodology, we analyzed 10 CRIS, 4 of which CERIF-compliant. CERIF tends to increase similarities between CRIS, in terms of its features and its data models. However, the need for customization of such systems leads to various implementations of the standard, creating an opposite effect of the one referred before. Non CERIF-compliant CRISs have as central focus the researchers. The CERIF takes CRIS to focus also on projects and institutions of the research domain. With this exception, the CERIF doesn’t show an increase of the number of features. We also consider the use of
Dublin Core to increase interoperability between CRIS.
Delivered at the CRIS2014 Conference in Rome; published in Procedia Computer Science 33 (Jul 2014).-- 6 pages.
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