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Joint Statement: euroCRIS and the VIVO Project

The Board of euroCRIS and the Leaders of the VIVO Project team are delighted to announce their intention to cooperate in the development of international systems for research information.

euroCRIS is mandated by the European Commission to maintain, develop and promote CERIF (Common European Research Information Format) a European Union Recommendation to member states.  A not-for-profit association since 2002 – although existing as an unofficial association since 1991 – euroCRIS has members in almost all continents and has encouraged CERIF to be a national standard in 8 countries and utilised in many organisations in more than 30 countries.  CERIF is a data model which can be implemented as a CRIS (Current Research Information System) or used for interoperation.

VIVO is an open source! ontology! and software system designed at Cornell University for researchers and used in many universities in the USA that has attracted interest more widely internationally.  It is based on the Semantic Web / Linked Open Data concept.  Recent development has been supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, U24 RR029822, through a consortium of universities led by the University of Florida and including Cornell University, Indiana University, Ponce School of Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Weill Cornell Medical College.

Recently euroCRIS has developed a technology to interoperate the formalised database structure of CERIF with linked open data / semantic web! constructs thus this cooperation is timely.

We propose to structure the cooperation in three aspects:

  1.  Interoperation and convergence of semantics in the two systems;
  2. Interoperation of the systems to allow homogeneous access over heterogeneous research information systems;
  3. Exploring utilising the VIVO user interface for researchers as a ‘front-end’ to the CERIF research information storage environment;

This cooperation will add to the existing strategic partnerships that euroCRIS has with ALLEA (All European Academies), APA (Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science, CASRAI (The Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information), EARMA (European Association of Research Managers and Administrators), ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics), ESF (European Science Foundation), EUA (European Universities Association), ICSU-CODATA , JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), and the euroCRIS member organisations including CRIS systems suppliers and publishers of scholarly works.

This partnership will further facilitate a diverse collection of activities associate with the VIVO project, across federal agencies, professional societies, data providers, and a variety of efforts with the Semantic Web and ontology development communities. Exploring the interoperabilities between the activities of euroCRIS and VIVO will also serve to enhance the efforts at VIVO implementations across the United States and around the world as scholars look to share their research efforts and promote their expertise. Significant partners of the VIVO project include: the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), the ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) Initiative, the American Psychological Association and the Publish Trust Project, Symplectic Limited, Wellspring Worldwide, and the Australian-based ANDS VIVO project, a collaboration of the University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology, and Griffith University. The cooperation will strengthen the VIVO team’s international links and provide many opportunities for joint developments to the benefit of the worldwide research community.