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Current Research Information Systems in Greece. Dr Nikos Houssos National Documentation Centre (EKT) / National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) ‏. Agenda. About the National Documentation Centre CRIS systems in Greece Important issues for CRIS development. NDC activities and role.

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Current Research Information Systems in Greece

Dr Nikos Houssos

National Documentation Centre (EKT) /

National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF)‏

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Agenda

  • About the National Documentation Centre
  • CRIS systems in Greece
  • Important issues for CRIS development
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NDC activities and role

  • Part of National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) - oldest research centre in Greece
  • Research and technology content and services:
    • National doctoral theses archive
      • 13,000+ theses on line, 3.500.000 pages in total
      • Both born digital and digitized material
    • National archive for variety of DBs and all research journals – both in print and electronic ones.
    • Union catalogues of journals that Greek Academic Libraries subscribe, municipal libraries etc.
    • Digitization services for cultural and scientific content
    • Development of CRIS - research results dissemination
  • Services for the academic/research community:
    • International cooperation, Enterprise Europe Network, National Contact Point for FP7, research metrics extraction
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National Documentation Centre – CRIS related activities

  • Has been building CERIF-compliant CRIS since 2002
  • Since early 2007 runs a funded project related mainly to open access infrastructures
    • Institutional repository of NHRF
    • 5 open access journals
  • A part of the project concerns enhancements on existing CRIS
  • Funding for developing open access systems and CRIS is (practically) secured for at least two more years, beginning 2009
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Greek Research Groups Database

  • Attempt to create a register of all greek research groups/labs in universities and research institutes
  • Data collected by a survey research company
  • Numbers: 8500 researchers, 1400 organisations, 4000 publications
  • In pilot operation (greek-only http://www.ekt.gr/grcris)‏
  • Built on the CERIF database schema
  • Implementation technology: Java EE
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Research Projects with Greek Participation

  • Information about R & D projects with greek participation.
  • Data collected from project databases:
    • CORDIS
    • National bodies
  • Built on the CERIF database schema - individual schemas mapped to CERIF
  • In operation (greek-only, http://services.ekt.gr:8080/portal/dt)‏
  • Implementation technology: Java EE
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NISNEST database – researchers and organisations from Eastern Europe

  • Part of the NISNEST project - aims to strengthen the cooperation between the EU Member States and the Eastern European countries in the areas of frontier and high risk research
  • Mainly data from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova
  • Data collection methods:
    • Self-submission by researchers
    • Information extracted from event registration forms
  • Numbers: ~600 researchers and ~170 organisations
  • In operation (http://researchers.nisnest.gr)‏
  • CERIF-based database schema with certain additions.
  • Basic faceted browsing functionality
  • Implementation technology: Ruby on Rails
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Database of researchers and organisations in humanistic studies and natural sciences

  • Part of the efforts to promote open access journals
  • Researchers and organisations from all over the world
  • Data collected from various sources in the Internet
  • Numbers: ~1400 researchers and ~150 organisations
  • In operation (http://resorgs.ekt.gr)‏
  • Non-CERIF database schema, can be mapped to CERIF XML.
  • Basic faceted browsing functionality in development
  • Implementation technology: Ruby on Rails
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Mapping of Greek Women in Research

  • Creation of a register of greek women researchers.
  • Data solicited from universities and research centres
  • Additional data collected through questionnaires completed directly by researchers
  • Numbers: More than 3000 researchers, 80 organisations
  • System not public (contractual requirement)‏
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Experiences with CERIF

  • Model is quite complete – mapping from arbitrary schemas to CERIF without significant loss of information
  • Needed to extend the CERIF schema in some cases
  • Interoperability at the database schema level – in some case not the best choice
    • Example: flexibility of Ruby on Rails not utilised
  • Support for other databases desirable
    • MySQL, PostGreSQL
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Important issues for now and the future (1)‏

  • Efficient data collection
    • Automated ingest/update from available sources (e.g., people, publications, organisations, projects)‏
    • Need to ensure availability of sources (e.g., CORDIS, national sources)‏
  • Enhance user experience
    • Faceted browsing
    • Advanced visualisation
    • Mashups based on CRIS data
  • Data quality
    • Data cleaning (e.g., de-duplication)‏
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Important issues for now and the future (2)‏

  • Interoperability among CRIS
    • Harvesting of CRIS data
    • Cross-CRIS search, browsing
  • Interoperation with institutional repositories
  • CRIS role in the implementation of research assessment systems
  • Semantic web technologies
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More info

  • nhoussos AT ekt.gr
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