Sunday, 27 April 2014

JGIC'2014: Discussing Research Information Management in Catalonia

  The third edition of the Workshop on Research Information Management (Jornades de Gestio de la Informacio Cientifica, JGIC'2014) was held at the Institute for Catalan Studies (IEC) in Barcelona last Apr 24-25. The event brought together over 150 attendees from Catalan universities, research centres, funders and policymakers to discuss different areas in research information management such as research data management, research impact and evaluation, global standards for system interoperability and new features under implementation at institutional research information management systems at universities.

Emphasis was made at JGIC'2014 on topics such as the need to find new models and indicators for research assessment, the emerging best practices in research data management at specific universities, the gradual uptake of ORCID through an intensive advocacy campaign at institutional level and the positive impact of international collaborations on the quality of the research performed in Catalonia. The new Futur institutional research portal developed at Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC) was presented. Futur, which has been modeled upon the Dutch Narcis initiative, aims to to increase the online visibility and impact of UPC research results, raise the profile of the University’s researchers worldwide, and facilitate access to scientific communication.

Up-to-date information was also delivered at the event on the Catalan Research Portal (PRC) project, which was first presented last year at the previous JGIC edition . PRC is an initiative by the Consortium for University Services in Catalonia (CSUC) for aggregating research information from different Catalan universities by collecting the data from the institutional CRISs. Once a simplified CERIF-compliant datamodel has been defined, PRC is presently working for ensuring the appropriate mechanisms are made available for the various CRISs (none of which is CERIF-compliant at the moment) to provide a common CERIF-XML datastream into the Portal. PRC will thus become a Catalan CRIS with emphasis on people, publications and projects while providing the means at the same time for all institutional CRISs at Catalan universities to become able to export CERIF-compliant datasets.