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About the CERIFy project

The CERIFy project was funded by JISC from February to July 2011 to investigate how the CERIF standard (Common European Research Information Format) for Current Research Information Systems (CRISs) could be used more widely within the sector to manage research data, to increase such engagement to a critical mass, and to support an emerging community of practice in Research Information Management (RIM).

It evaluated, tested and demonstrated CERIF with four pilot UK HE institutions and one international commercial organisation (Thomson Reuters), which did not have working CRIS systems based on the CERIF data format, in a practical, 'end-to-end' process of people-centred organisational modelling, requirements elicitation, data analysis, data mapping, data exchange, and software demonstration, together with a programme of training, support, evaluation and dissemination.

Thomson Reuters ‘CERIFyed’ their cutting-edge commercial service InCites™: to enable two-way, interoperable, CERIF-compliant data exchange with the project's CRIS instances; to add value to validated institution-specific data; and to provide a valuable new view on current institutional research outputs.

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