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EuroCRIS Adopts DSpace-CRIS as its Official Institutional Repository

From Michele Mennielli, Cineca

Bologna, Italy  On November 14-15, 2013 the euroCRIS Membership Meeting was held in Porto, Portugal. EuroCRIS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the implementation and dissemination of CERIF (Common European Research Information Format), a standard data model for CRIS/RIMS (Research Information Management Systems) and interoperability.

At this event attendees had the opportunity to better understand the CRIS/RIMS situation in Portugal and at a global level. There are developments and news coming from different countries (Finland, Russia, UK), as well as from international projects like ACUME, ENGAGE, EuroRisNet+ and, of course, DSpace-CRIS.

Cineca gave a presentation about what has happened in the last few months to DSpace-CRIS and what to expect in the near future.

DSpace-CRIS has its origin in 2009 when Hong Kong University decided to extend the information exposed in their DSpace IR adding information (people/projects) coming from other systems already in use (mainly) for administrative purpose: a CRIS (Current Research Information System).

One year ago (November 2012) DSpace-CRIS was released as an open source solution to enrich DSpace 1.8.2. After highlighting the important steps made by the DSpace Community towards the final release of DSpace 4.0 in December, Cineca focused its presentation on what DSpace-CRIS is today.

The most important announcement was that DSpace-CRIS is now compatible and compliant with the CERIF standard and that an export feature in CERIF XML will be available in the DSpace-CRIS 4.0 version. The key components of the CERIF data model are supported natively: UUID, timestamped relation, semantic characterization.

In addition the dynamic, flexible and not-hardcoded approach of DSpace-CRIS data model makes it very easy to create new entities (in additon to those that are predefined) and to configure instances compliant with CERIF.

There are several advantages that DSpace-CRIS brings to Institutional Repositories and to the DSpace community overall:

• CRIS entities  as authority for Item metadata values;
• DSpace Items can be linked and displayed in the detail page of any CRIS entities;
• Ability to display selected publications (or any other related entities) in the researcher profile;
• It is possible to create lists of selected publications (or any other related entities);
• CRIS entity detailed page visit;
• Global & Top related CERIF Entity views & downloads referencing the CRIS entity (projects for researchers, researchers for OrgUnits, etc.);
• Global & Top item views & downloads referencing the CRIS entity;
• email and RSS alerts;
• Article level metrics for PubMed (extensible);
• Cited-by count in the item page;
• Number of articles for researcher;
• Total citations for researcher (only items in local DSpace database will be counted)

Cineca is pleased to announce to the DSpace Community that euroCRIS has decided to adopt DSpace-CRIS as its official Institutional Repository solution. This decision is significant because it certifies that the solution is compliant with the CERIF standards and that it meets the needs of universities and research institutions around the world. Now there is one more good reason to adopt DSpace!