Project progress

Work on the second workpackage is progressing well and the deliverables from this workpackage are on course to be completed and handed over to the software partners very soon:

  • A final functional specification is imminent and thanks to all the project partners who have provided invaluable input to the specification; included in the functional specification are the Classification Schemes that will be required and have been assimilated at the CERIF, local and bespoke levels.
  • A mapping exercise has also provided very useful, producing a spreadsheet which maps CERIF attributes and role names to previous projects and we are close to providing a definitive standard model for CERIF in Action. The exercise has also separately mapped the fields required for the Research Outcomes System (ROS) to CERIF.
  • Furthermore, a sample CERIF-XML file has been produced which follows the full (defragmented) embedded structure now advocated by euroCRIS.

It is anticipated that the pre-final documents will be distributed early next week for final comments and approval, with a view to handing them over to the software partners later in the week.


New team member

We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Breeze, VP, Development from Symplectic to the project.

CERIF workshop and data surgery – UKOLN, Bath Feb 9th and 10th

CERIF experts and newbies met at Bath on 9th and 10th Feb for an in depth tutorial on CERIF from euroCRIS’s CERIF Task Group leader, Brigitte Joerg.

This was followed by a data surgery where members of previous and current JISC RIM & CERIF-related projects discussed how CERIF mappings had been done – what had worked and where gaps in the model or their own understanding existed.

More info at

The CIA mapping document was presented and several of the issues raised by this and other projects were discussed – in particular multiple identifiers e.g. for a single person,  missing classifications schemes,  names and how structured the model should be, and the proposed new CERIF-XML format.

We will assimilate the answers and follow-up outstanding questions over the next couple of weeks in order to finalise the CIA model before work starts at Atira, Symplectic, ePrints and RCUK on implementation

Pure UK User Group

Cerif in Action presented and discussed at Pure UK User Group, Royal Holloway University of London – 1-2nd Feb.

Over 40 delegates met at the 6th Pure UK User group and REF, Research Outcomes System and Research data sets were the hot topics.

In particular, feedback on the functional spec for  CIA was requested from members. The spec is available at

Feedback can be emailed to before Thursday 16th Feb