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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
  • Repositories
    • National doctoral theses archive (
      • 13,000+ theses on line, 3.500.000 pages in total
      • Both born digital and digitized material
    • NHRF institutional repository (
      • Retroactive ingest of material since NHRF establishment
    • Thematic repository of Humanities content (
  • 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
  • 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,‏
  • 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 (‏
  • CERIF-based database schema with certain additions.
  • Basic faceted browsing functionality
  • Implementation technology: Ruby on Rails

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)‏

CERIF-based CRIS –

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

  • 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)‏

  • 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)‏

  • 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

  • nhoussos AT