Research Information meets Research Data!

Presented at the DCC Roadshow in Dundee on ‘Research data meets research information: the IRIOS, C4D, CIA and CRISPool projects’

ROS includes data sets as an output so would be good to add this to CiA … so crossover with C4D work.

See details of workshop and presentations at


Open Repositories Conference 2012

We ‘re-used’ our ‘Engage’ poster from the ARMA conference duly updated with additional information for the audience at OR2012.

We got to do a short sales pitch on our poster and I tweeted the link to our blog with the conference hash tag #OR2012 for those interested who could not make the poster reception.

After the two hour poster reception the posters were on display throughout the conference. We provided handouts and information on all of our current JISC projects Cerif for Datasets, Cerif in Action, IRIOS2 and Encapsulate. We ran out of some of them.

I spoke to some – but not all of the 460 or so delegates as well as noting contact details and exchanging information of relevance with other authors of over 60 poster.

There are some very interesting links to all of our projects (see my forthcoming blog entry on C4D, Engage and IRIOS projects for relevant comments).

Association of Research Managers and Administrators Conference

I attended the ARMA conference this week.

I gave out a number of handouts on the CIA project, chatted to a number of people, and had some handouts available on one of the stalls. 

Our fellow CIA project team member Dale Heenan included an eloquent summary of the project in his presentation.

There is some confusion about what data should be held and supplied by which institution when staff have moved organisation e.g. for ROS and REF reporting.  I think it would be useful for CIA to comment on this, or if outwith scope and resourcing at least note that production of  some guidance might be a potential follow on activity for the sector.  There are a number of processes to consider e.g. if RCUK have the old email address of the researcher they will be associated with a previous organisation.

International Conference on Current Research Information Systems (CRIS2012)


The CRIS 2012 conference will discuss recent trends in the development of Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) in the context of virtual research environments and the construction of powerful infrastructures for e-Science.

The conference, which will be held on 6th-9th June 2012, is the eleventh event in a series of biennial conferences dedicated to improve the availability of research information across Europe. The target audience includes managers of research performing or funding institutions, evaluators, librarians, ICT experts, as well as policy makers. It will discuss how linking information systems can help to tackle fragmentation on the national and subject level and contribute to the advancement of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

We are pleased to announce that our submission for a CERIF in Action paper has been accepted as full papers with several members of the project team co-authoring the paper. At least two members of the project team will also be attending the conference.

Adoption of CERIF in Higher Education Institutions in the UK: A Landscape Study

A very useful document has been produced by Rosemary Russell from UKOLN, with contributions from several members of the project team, which describes the adoption and engagement of CERIF in UK HEIs at the moment.

Concerns raised in the report is a lack of academics’ understanding and/or engagement with CERIF, and that only staff involved with JISC are fully aware of CERIF; reasons cited for this are a lack of time on their part due to REF, etc. Views expressed also included comments such as the CRIS “shielding” users from CERIF and that institutions rely on vendor expertise. However, many institutions are keen to engage more and are aware that a lack of understanding may hinder their CRIS use. It is also seen that a greater understanding of CERIF and RIM processes will be useful, not only for more efficient and cost-effective CRIS implementation, but also that it will likely demonstrate multiple cost benefits for UK HEIs in the future. It should also be noted that all institutions now specify CERIF when procuring their CRISs (although some don’t fully understand why).

Link to the Study