In Athens the euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting

The "euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting" will take place in Athens this year, the annual Meeting of the partners and the community of euroCRIS, the international organization that deals with the Information Research Systems of Current Activities (CRIS). The event is organized by euroCRIS in collaboration with the National Documentation Center (EKT) on November 8-10 at the National Research Foundation (Amphitheater "L. Zervas", Vas. Konstantinou 48, Athens).

Η εκδήλωση “euroCRIS Athens Strategic Membership Meeting” απευθύνεται σε ερευνητές, καθώς και σε όσους ενδιαφέρονται για ερευνητικές υποδομές βασισμένες σε Τεχνολογίες Πληροφορίας και Επικοινωνιών (CRIS, ψηφιακά αποθετήρια και περιοδικά) ή εμπλέκονται σε θέματα διαχείρισης και διάχυσης της έρευνας και της καινοτομίας (προγράμματα χρηματοδότησης, αξιοποίηση ερευνητικών αποτελεσμάτων, ενίσχυση ανταγωνιστικότητας επιχειρήσεων).

In this year's meeting on "Towards optimal Research information Infrastructures on a national and competition level”, ιδιαίτερη βαρύτητα θα δοθεί στην πορεία για μία ευρωπαϊκή ερευνητική υποδομή πληροφοριών και θα παρουσιαστούν τα συμπεράσματα από τις τρέχουσες πρωτοβουλίες και συνεργασίες που λαμβάνουν χώρα στην Ευρώπη, καθώς και σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο.

Follow-up to the Meeting requires registration on the site, where the program of the event is also available. For those who are members of the euroCRIS organization, as well as for the Greek participants (researchers, representatives of institutions, etc.) (option: local representatives) η εγγραφή είναι δωρεάν. Καταληκτική ημερομηνία για την εγγραφή είναι η 1η Νοεμβρίου 2016.

Two special national sessions, with Greek speakers from research centers and universities, concerning the creation of optimal information infrastructures at local, national and international level, are also held at the meeting.

It is noted that the Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) have been widely disseminated over recent years to academic / research institutions, mainly in the European Union. CRIS systems are proposed by the European Parliament as the systems on which the large pan-European infrastructure for measuring European research can be built.

As noted by the organizers, the subject of the Meeting is essential and timely for a number of reasons. Information research infrastructures are becoming more and more important for those who produce and exploit research data and information, whether they are the researchers themselves (for maximum exposure and discovery of their research and data), or for managers of research bodies (for better direction , monitoring and comparison of research), or funders (to better assess their investment), or policy makers (as a basis for documenting strategy development and Amat). All the above stakeholders benefit substantially from optimal, standardized information research infrastructures.

Σε διεθνές επίπεδο, ένα χαρακτηριστικό παράδειγμα είναι η πρωτοβουλία για την Ανοικτή Επιστήμη “European Open Science Cloud Initiative”, η οποία ξεκίνησε πρόσφατα από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση με στόχο τη δημιουργία βέλτιστων υποδομών επιστημονικής έρευνας και δεδομένων σε ευρωπαϊκό επίπεδο.

Detailed information on the Meeting, the program and the registration form are available on the EuroCRIS websites ( and the National Documentation Center (

The importance of CRIS systems and the role of the ESF at national level

Η συστηματική και προτυποποιημένη καταγραφή της ερευνητικής δραστηριότητας στους ερευνητικούς οργανισμούς αποτελεί τον πυρήνα των συστημάτων CRIS που καταγράφουν την ερευνητική δραστηριότητα μέσα από το πρότυπο δεδομένων Common European Research Information Size (CERIF), ένα ισχυρό διεθνές πρότυπο που κάνει δυνατή τη σημασιολογική και χρονολογική διασύνδεση πολύ μεγάλου πλήθους  ερευνητικών δεδομένων. Το πρότυπο CERIF έχει αναπτύξει ο οργανισμός euroCRIS, με την ενεργή  συνεισφορά και του ΕΚΤ, που συμμετέχει ως μέλος από το 1997, ενώ από το 2009 είναι μέλος του Διοικητικού του Συμβουλίου.

Based on the CERIF standard, numerous data are semantically and chronologically interconnected, highlighting the overall picture of the research activity of actors and countries, and emphasizing the recording of the results of the research activity (publications, patents, research data) and their connection to the environment in (researchers, organizations, funded projects and projects, research infrastructures, services).

The ESF has developed the Greek CRIS software platform that will form the backbone of a national CRIS infrastructure. The national CRIS infrastructure will include the individual systems that will operate in academic and research institutions and the central accumulator operating in the ESF, which will be fed with information from the individual systems of the institutions. Two pilot applications were implemented within the platform development, at the University of Patras with the collaboration of the Library and Information Center of the University, and the National Hellenic Research Foundation.

The CRIS software platform is available, through the cooperation of the ESF and the Association of Greek Academic Libraries (SEAB), to the academic institutions - members of SEAB for the development of CRIS institutional systems. Experts from SEAB participated in the definition of the requirements for the development of the platform, at the invitation of the ESF.

The CRIS platform is already available at 16 Universities and TEIs, and in the future it can be used by a wider range of research stakeholders, such as research centers, public and private healthcare providers.

The development of the CRIS software platform and the national CRIS accumulator for the Greek academic and research bodies took place in the framework of the project "National Information System of Research and Technology / Social Networks - Content Produced by Users" ( which was implemented by the ESF in the framework of the Operational Program "Digital Convergence" (NSRF), with the co-financing of Greece and the European Union - European Regional Development Fund.

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Athens euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting (8-10 Νοεμβρίου 2016)


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