Current research information system

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A current research information system (CRIS) is a database or other information system to store and manage data about research conducted at an institution.[1][2]

There is an increasing awareness of the need for quality research management (information) systems:

  • for researchers: easy access to relevant information and associated software, processor power, storage systems and - where necessary - detectors to collect more data to overcome incomplete or inconsistent information
  • for research managers and administrators: easy measurement and analysis of research activity and easy access to comparative information
  • for research councils: optimisation of the funding process
  • for entrepreneurs and technology transfer organizations: easy retrieval of novel ideas and technology in a knowledge-assisted environment and easy identification of competitors and previously done similar research
  • for the media and public: easy access to information, software and computer power to allow easily assimilated presentation of research results in appropriate contexts.

A standard for current research information system is the CERIF (Common European Research Information Format) standard, proposed by the EU and developed and maintained by euroCRIS.[1][3]

Commercial CRIS solutions including handling of contracts, projects, publications, study plans and patents are available.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Joint, Nicholas (2008). "Current research information systems, open access repositories and libraries: ANTAEUS". Library Review 57 (8). doi:10.1108/00242530810899559. ISSN 0024-2535. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Elbæk, Mikael (2012). "KE CRIS-OAR metadata interoperability project: Final report" (PDF). p. 9. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fuelling your CRIS - ORCID iDs as a tool for research intelligence". ORCID. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • euroCRIS Web Site hosting the CERIF standard.
  • [1] an example of CRIS in Andalusia, Spain
  • [2] Converis, an example of commercial CRIS developed by Thomson Reuters.