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EKT activities - Current Research Information Systems. Dr Nikos Houssos National Documentation Centre (EKT) / National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) ‏. Agenda. About the National Documentation Centre (EKT) EKT and CRIS systems. EKT activities and role. Established in 1980

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EKT activities -

Current Research Information Systems

Dr Nikos Houssos

National Documentation Centre (EKT) /

National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF)‏


  • About the National Documentation Centre (EKT)

  • EKT and CRIS systems

EKT activities and role

  • Established in 1980

  • Part of National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) - oldest research centre in Greece

  • Development of research e-infrastructures

  • Services for libraries

  • Repositories / Digital Libraries

  • Electronic publishing

  • Digitisation services

  • Open access advocate

EKT and Open Access

  • NHRF was the first Greek to sign the Berlin Declaration of Open Access

  • A portal for promotion of Open Access in Greece

    • openaccess.gr

  • Repositories

    • National doctoral theses archive (phdtheses.ekt.gr)

      • 13,000+ theses on line, 3.500.000 pages in total

      • Both born digital and digitized material

    • NHRF institutional repository (helios-eie.ekt.gr)

      • Retroactive ingest of material since NHRF establishment

    • Thematic repository of Humanities content (pandektis.ekt.gr)

  • Electronic publishing

    • Five e-journals in the Humanities

EKT activities

  • Services for libraries:

    • ABEKT – a library automation software – more than 2.000 installations in Greece.

    • 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

  • Services for the academic/research and business community:

    • International cooperation, Enterprise Europe Network, National Contact Point for FP7, research metrics extraction

National Documentation Centre – CRIS related activities

  • Has been building CRIS since 1996

  • Examples of systems:

    • Greek research groups database

    • Database of research projects with participation of Greek organisations

    • NISNEST database – researchers and organisations from Eastern Europe

    • Database of Greek Women in Research

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

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

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

Mapping of Greek Women in Research Eastern Europe

  • 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)‏

CERIF-based CRIS – Eastern Europe

experiences and issues

  • Model is quite complete – mapping from arbitrary schemas to CERIF without significant loss of information

  • CERIF-XML very useful for CERIF compatibility, mainly of smaller systems

  • Open source platform?

Plans for the future Eastern Europe

  • NHRF CRIS – integration with institutional repository and web site

  • Integration of nation-wide CRIS with National Archive of Doctoral Dissertations

  • Adoption/development of a common CRIS platform for use by Greek organisations

  • Use of CERIF in research evaluation systems

  • Further integration of advanced tools

    • Data cleaning (e.g., duplicate detection, authority file generation)

    • Schema matching

    • Visualization / faceted browsing / mash-ups

Important issues for now and the future (1) Eastern Europe‏

  • 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)‏

  • Value added services

    • Faceted browsing

    • Advanced visualisation

    • Mashups based on CRIS data

  • Data quality

    • Data cleaning (e.g., de-duplication)‏

Important issues for now and the future (2) Eastern Europe‏

  • 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

More info Eastern Europe

  • nhoussos AT ekt.gr