Pure is now OpenAIRE compliant!

With the next release February 2013, Pure, the research information system from the software developer Atira will join the European Open Access infrastructure OpenAIRE. This will enable project leaders and managers to easily link up research output to the funding details of the European Commission, and enable open access availability. Elsevier, who acquired Atira last year welcomes this accelerated engagement with and support for open access.

Thomas Vestdam, Project manager for "Pure", explains: "The introduction of OpenAIRE compliance is a natural addition to Pure's display options, mainly because Open Access is becoming increasingly important to our customers, but also because OpenAIRE compliance is a natural fit with Pure's existing functionality, meta-data model and the philosophy behind Pure."

How does it work?

PURE, the CERIF based CRIS, enables the user to add relations between projects and publications. In the back-end interface the user can either add project information to a publication through a relation or add related publications to a project.


Screenshot from the Pure registration interface - adding publications to a project.
Project ID and Access rights will be exposed through the OAI-PMH interface adhering to the OpenAIRE guidelines. Already from version 4.14 (released in October 2012) is it possible to add EC grant agreement number (project ID) and make relations from project to publications. So from version 4.15, it will be easy to register and validated Pure from the OpenAIRE website.

With Pure becoming OpenAIRE compliant it is expected that the number of repositories – especially in Denmark where Pure is implemented at all universities – will grow dramatically in the beginning of 2013.

What is a CRIS and CERIF?

Current Research Information Systems, or just simply CRIS, is a system that provides an institution with a single authoritative source of quality-assured information about an institution's research activities. The system is often integrated into the institutional IT-architecture and collects or integrates data directly from authoritative sources such as financial and human resource systems. Moreover, external authoritative sources can be used as data sources for prefilling information such as bibliographical information from sources like PubMedCentral, ISI Web of Science and Scopus.

CERIF is the de facto data model for CRIS' allowing "for a (metadata) representation of research entities, their activities / interconnections (research) and their output (results) as well as high flexibility with formal (semantic) relationships]" (taken from the euroCRIS website). Typically, a CRIS is an implementation of a subset of the CERIF model containing such entities as Person, Organisation, Project and Publications.


Web site of PURE developer Atira


Quote from euroCRIS website

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