The need for systematic standardised documenting and highlighting of research activities along with the wider use of results is the main motive for the development of the Current Research Information Systems (Current Research Information Systems – CRIS).A CRIS system records, processes and presents data and indicators related to research activity throughout its life cycle. Particular emphasis is given to results of research activities (publications, patents, research data) and their connection with the environment within which they were created (researchers, organisations, funded programmes and projects, research infrastructures, services)
Reliable Record of Research Activity
Current Research Information Systems operate successfully in the international realm as autonomous systems which provide reliable information about research activity at a number of levels including: the researcher, state, organisation, funding programmes etc. Their use has been expanded recently, resulting in their establishment as a useful tool for the documentation, management and exploitation of research activity not only in Europe but worldwide. EKT actively participates in EuroCRIS, an organisation which plays a crucial role internationally in the development of CRIS systems and CERIF, a standard model for interoperability.
Supporting the dissemination of scientific knowledge and exploiting research results on a collective level are just two of the many benefits that CRIS systems offer research, development and innovation.
Some of the main benefits for the various categories of users can be summarized as follows:
Researchers from a variety of backgrounds (eg academic personnel of Higher Education Institutes, researchers and permanent research personnel at research centres, permanent academic teaching and research staff, candidates for post doctorals and PhDs or post graduates taking part in research work) have a valuable tool not only for recording and presenting their activities and achievements but also for finding valid information about the general environment to which they belong.
Administrative bodies have access to a vast collection of data, including research indicators, bibliometric information and comparative information on research activities of institutions and bodies.
Scientific advisors, research policy makers, and research funding bodies find the necessary information for evidence-based policy making, the systematic monitoring and evaluation of these policies, the establishment of priorities and the co-ordination of research efforts on a national and regional level.
The personnel department of academic and research institutions related to research activity and its results, such as special accounts, liaison office, intermediation office, libraries and information centres, administration offices for education and research as well as for public and international relations have a tool which can be particularly useful at work and on an everyday basis.
Individuals have access to reliable information on indexes and results of current research.
Business and technology organisations gain access to innovative research results and technological solutions as well as being able to identify their competition and potential partners.