Repositories and CRISes for Research Management
Carr, Leslie A.
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Research assessment has become a major business activity for the UK academic community. A national research assessment excercise is distributing funding worth £7.5 billion to the community. A number of UK universities deployed repositories to provide evidence of research quality for the RAE 2008. The experience of these institutions shows that engagement with research assessment agendas gives a higher profile to the repository and the repository staff, and tends to make the repository more embedded in key institutional processes. In preparation for the next process, universities are engaging in proactive research management to maximise their future assessment scores; knowledge that the repository can provide about historic research outputs and their impact is being married with financial data on current research projects. CERIF is a European Union Recommendation to Member States for the purposes of exchange of R & D Information between CRIS (Current Research Information Systems) systems in order to meet the diverse needs of researchers, administrators, strategists, and policy-makers. The information that CERIF models includes People (researchers and inventors), Projects, Organizations (funding agencies, universities, hospitals), Results (publications, patents and products), Facilities (libraries, laboratories), and Equipment. CERIF therefore has the potential to handle much of the information that is likely to be relevant to the research management and research assessment processes. This presentation will describe the approach of the JISC R4R project, whose aim is to integrate library-led Institutional Repositories and admin-led Current Research Information Systems.