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Title: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead: Building on the Success of RIS Synergy
Authors: Erat, Vanessa 
Fürst, Elena 
Greil, Michael 
Harbich, Madeleine 
Hartmann, Simone 
Hicker, Ulrike 
Miniberger, Clemens 
Neff, Sabine 
Keywords: research information management;current research information systems;digital workflow;system interoperability;open science;RIS Synergy
Issue Date: 17-May-2024
Publisher: euroCRIS
Series/Report no.: CRIS2024: 16th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems (Vienna, Austria, May 15-17, 2024)
Conference: CRIS2024 – Vienna 
The RIS Synergy project was launched in March 2020 under the leadership of TU Wien and is a part of the Research Data Cluster, which brings together digitisation projects to improve research support along the scientific project cycle. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) as part of the "Digital and Social Transformation in Higher Education" call for proposals. Initially starting with 13 partners (10 universities and 3 research funding institutions), the project consortium now includes 18 participating institutions (14 universities, 4 research funding institutions). The goals of RIS Synergy encompass optimising administrative support for research projects, enhancing data quality and transparency for research institutions, and improving the quality of research data. It addresses key aspects of digital transformation within a cross-institutional consortium.

The project is divided into two subprojects: Subproject One, “Interfaces and Standards”, focuses on developing standardised access and exchange options for the systems of funding organisations, research institutions, and public administrative bodies. Subproject Two, “Concept Study for a Research Portal”, then analyses the framework conditions and requirements for creating an Austrian national research portal. Thus, RIS Synergy aims to enhance visibility for science by standardising and digitising services, as well as by establishing expert networks.

This paper offers insights into the project’s overall approach, key findings from the last four years as well as lessons learned, and provides an outlook on future challenges related to the project's conclusion and its transition to regular operations.
Extended abstract presented at the CRIS2024 conference in Vienna.-- Event programme available at

20 slides.-- Presentation delivered within Session 8 "Perspectives" on Fri May 17th, 2024
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