Short overview of CERIF and its use

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Short overview of CERIF and its use

  1. 1. UKOLN is supported by: A (quick) overview of CERIF and its use CERIFy Data Surgery 19 May 2011 Rosemary Russell, UKOLN, University of Bath
  2. 2. What is CERIF? <ul><li>Common European Research Information Format </li></ul><ul><li>Officially ‘a European Union Recommendation to member states’ </li></ul><ul><li>A standard for managing and exchanging research data = information about researchers, projects, outputs and funding, arising from the research process </li></ul>
  3. 3. euroCRIS <ul><li>official custodian of CERIF </li></ul><ul><li>CERIF task group maintains standard </li></ul><ul><li>also membership meetings, conferences </li></ul><ul><li>UK has largest membership – 30 institutional members (next = 6 members! DE, FI, NL) </li></ul><ul><li>current release: CERIF 2008 – 1.2 (November 2010) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why use CERIF/CRIS? 1: internal <ul><li>Enables integrated research information environment. At institutional level: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collects information about researchers, research organisations (eg faculties, departments, research centres), projects (grant awards etc) and research outputs (publications and other types of output) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>avoids entering same data multiple times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can create relationships eg between research inputs and outputs and staff, research students, and departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interfaces to institutional repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tracks research activity over time eg for REF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>creates CVs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>etc </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why use CERIF/CRIS? 2: external <ul><li>Allows standardised exchange of information with eg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HEFCE: REF will have CERIF compatible import/export interface option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[some of] Research Councils [sort of] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MRC is CERIF 2003 compliant </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IRIOS project working with NERC and EPSRC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[ROP axed – will be 3 systems] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other institutions eg benchmarking </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. CERIF use in UK HE <ul><li>Lots of CERIF CRIS implementations – particularly in last year - so most in early stages </li></ul><ul><li>PURE (Atira) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>St Andrews (fully deployed), Hertfordshire, Lancaster, Aberdeen, Royal Holloway, Strathclyde, York </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CONVERIS (AVEDAS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cranfield, Hull, Stirling, MRC Oxfordshire Regional Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Symplectic Elements (Symplectic) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eg Brunel, Imperial, Queen Mary, Leeds… </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. CERIF savings calculator <ul><li>developed by infoNet </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/research/ref/savings/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>shows possible savings for institutions introducing a centralised CERIF CRIS </li></ul><ul><li>part of Business Case for the Adoption of a UK Standard for Research Information Interchange </li></ul><ul><ul><li>very useful report </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. CERIF conceptual structure
  9. 9. CERIF is big <ul><li>normally implement a subset of the full CERIF model, given its size and complexity… </li></ul><ul><li>complexity a by-product of flexibility and choice of options… </li></ul>
  10. 10. Example link entities, with roles
  11. 11. CERIF being extended <ul><li>CERIF Task Group currently working on extensions proposed by users eg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilities and equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outcomes and impact (with MICE) </li></ul></ul>

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