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  • 1. UKOLN is supported by: RIM2 technical synthesis (work in progress) 11 January 2012 RIM3, Edinburgh Rosemary Russell, UKOLN, University of Bath
  • 2. Overview: technical synthesis
    • Based (mainly) on project reports
      • also September workshop
      • blogs, RIM meetings etc
    • Aiming to identify common threads running through the 4 projects
      • plus significant individual project findings
  • 3. RIM2
    • 4 projects
      • BRUCE
      • CERIFy
      • IRIOS
      • MICE
    • February to July 2011 (with some extensions)
      • short timescale…
  • 4. RIM2 v RIM1
    • RIM2 united by CERIF!
      • aimed to:
        • expand the community of HE institutions and organisations using CERIF
        • realise some of the projected benefits
        • support an emerging community of practice in RIM
      • so all projects based on CERIF as core
    • RIM1 had broader remit
      • only CRISPool and BRIM used CERIF (and only implemented by CRISPool)
  • 5. Some project features worth highlighting… moving things fwd
    • open source CERIF-based reporting tool (BRUCE)
      • new analysis of research data possible
    • CERIF-based demonstrator ‘interrogation’ tool for RC funded projects and outputs (IRIOS)
    • extending CERIF to incorporate impact indicators and measures (MICE)
    • business process mapping – revealed many RIM similarities between institutions; data exchange between CERIFy CRIS and Thomson Reuters InCites (CERIFy)
  • 6. Common threads:
    • CERIF engagement issues and what might help future projects
    • euroCRIS/JISC training, advice, resources
  • 7. CERIF (1): endorsement
    • generally does the job…
    • considered fit for purpose - works as interchange language (IRIOS)
    • has hidden benefits (BRUCE)
  • 8. CERIF (2): issues/findings
    • steep learning curve for majority [some views differ]
    • improved awareness and understanding of CERIF and its application needed
    • mapping is difficult!
    • but semantics even more difficult!
    • extensions to the standard often needed
      • eg esteem measures, bibliometric data
    • inaccurate CERIF compliance claims - often not tested
  • 9. CERIF (3): recommendations
    • More promotion of CERIF needed [JISC?]
    • More initial training needed
      • include input from previous projects
    • Need to build on CERIF quickly (before proprietary formats emerge)
    • Standard mappings should be developed …
  • 10. Working with euroCRIS
    • euroCRIS found to be receptive
    • and supportive (although also a partner in IRIOS and MICE)
    • CERIF should be free at the point of use
    • euroCRIS requires further support/ partnerships (ISO?)
    • projects need:
      • more initial training
      • more integrated working across projects
      • best practice guidelines
  • 11. CERIF use v engagement
    • lots of use in UK now (JISC supported and beyond)
    • real engagement increasing little by little…
  • 12. Non-CERIF related issues…
    • Identifiers [BRUCE, CERIFy]
      • need to be ‘built into’ CERIF
    • Inconsistent source data - creates major problems
      • incl commercial bibliographic databases
  • 13. Report
    • Due early Feb…
      • CERIF ‘landscape’ first