OpenAIRE compatibility for CRIS systems: recent progress

Pablo de Castro, Jan Dvořák, Ed Simons

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    This paper reports on the progress that the OpenAIRE-funded, euroCRIS-led METIS2OpenAIRE project means for the implementation of the OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers. An update of these guidelines has taken place in the past two years to enable a smoother and more effective information exchange process between CRIS systems and the OpenAIRE aggregation. METIS2OpenAIRE aimed to ensure OpenAIRE compatibility based on these version 1.1 guidelines for a first institutional research information management system, namely METIS at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. This three-and-a-half-month project also set out to support a number of parallel implementations by external, budget-neutral stakeholders that would ensure a widespread adoption of the newly released CRIS interoperability standard. These were PURE, the single most widely adopted CRIS platform worldwide, and OMEGA-PSIR, a widespread CRIS solution in Poland.

    The work carried out under the METIS2OpenAIRE initiative and its results as of mid-2018 are described in this piece. These results include the development of a minimally sufficient OpenAIRE validator for CRIS systems. This software, specifically designed to support the interoperability requirements for the METIS institutional CRIS at Radboud, should gradually evolve into the default mechanism for other CRIS systems to use in order to test their own level of compliance with the OpenAIRE Guidelines. As for the external stakeholders, by mid-2018 there is already significant progress in the route towards OpenAIRE compatibility for both PURE and OMEGA-PSIR.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)182-189
    Number of pages8
    JournalProcedia Computer Science
    Early online date6 Feb 2019
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Feb 2019
    Event14th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems: "FAIRness of Research Information" - University of Umeå, Umeå, Sweden
    Duration: 13 Jun 201816 Jun 2018
    Conference number: 14


    • CERIF
    • research information management
    • current research information systems
    • system interoperability
    • information exchange
    • OpenAIRE
    • METIS
    • PURE


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