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OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers updated

OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers updated
This is to announce the draft publication of the updated OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers.As of January 31st, 2018, the updated version has been completed for the CRIS Guidelines that were originally released in July 2015. The current release is published under an RFC status.


OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers, version 1.1

Jan Dvořák, Andrea Bollini, Laurent Remy (editors)
The Guidelines specify the interoperability layer between Current Research Information Systems (CRIS’s) and the OpenAIRE infrastructure. The information interchange is based on the Common European Research Information Format (CERIF) data model, the CERIF XML exchange format, and the OAI-PMH protocol.

These Guidelines are intended mainly for implementers and administrators of CRIS’s who plan to communicate research information to OpenAIRE. Using these guidelines may be an effective way of complying with both existing and emerging Open Access and Open Research Data mandates. Besides, in this way additional visibility for the work of the researchers will be gained.

The Guidelines allow OpenAIRE to benefit from the contextually rich research information in CRIS’s in order to complement other types of OpenAIRE content providers such as literature and data repositories and Open Access journals.

The Guidelines can also serve as a model for specifying other research information interchange scenarios using CERIF such as by an institutional or national CRIS or the CRIS of a research funding organisation.

A proposal for a first implementation of the CERIF-XML application profile described in the updated Guidelines onto a specific institutional CRIS has just been awarded funding by OpenAIRE under its recent Call for Services.

The version 1.1 of the Guidelines expands the research information that can be communicated by bringing the entities “patents” and “events” in the scope, by aligning with COAR controlled vocabularies and by adding several additional links. Additionally, version 1.1 makes use of an updated CERIF XML exchange format.

OpenAIRE as the European infrastructure supporting Open Science aims to connect all research artifacts from all phases of the research life cycle (publications, research data and software, methods, protocols, ...) with people, organisations, research facilities and funders. OpenAIRE collects and enriches metadata from a variety of content providers: literature repositories, data archives, open access journals and CRIS’s across Europe and beyond. OpenAIRE defines and maintains in collaboration with other metadata initiatives, repository networks and initiatives for research information such as euroCRIS interoperability guidelines for each type of source.

CERIF is a standard data model for research information and a recommendation by the European Union to its Member States. The custody of CERIF was entrusted by the European Union to euroCRIS (eurocris.org), an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the interoperability of CRIS’s.

Draft Open for Consultation

The draft is open for consultation until February 28, 2018.Any feedback will be considered for the consolidated, final version expected in March, 2018.

We’re welcoming feedback from the community on this updated version. Feedback may be provided via the following channels:

    • GitHub - create an issue in our Guidelines GitHub Repository (you need to have a GitHub account)
    • hypothe.is - make annotations on the Guidelines Pages (you need to have an hypothes.is account)
    • OpenAIRE Blog - leave a comment on this blog post
    • E-mail - send us an e-mail
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