EARMA Conference Oslo

EARMA Conference Oslo

ONE2 - 60 Minute Presentation by euroCRIS

New avenues for improving research management services through regional research information systems (euroCRIS) Category: Open | Topic: None
Thursday 5 May 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (Europe/Oslo) (Expired) Meeting room 1


Over the past decades, the administrative burden on the research community has vastly expanded. In order to support research managers in their daily operation, research information systems have been built that are aimed at supporting research management processes and the efficient re-use of information for multiple purposes. Through the use of CERIF, the Common European Research Information Format, developed and maintained by euroCRIS, multiple research information systems can be connected and, importantly, can exchange research information in an interoperable manner. 

In Flanders, such a regional information management system has been established, and a portal termed FRIS (researchportal.be) has been built on top of this. This seminar focuses on the design and architecture of the FRIS systems and details the vast range of opportunities that research managers can obtain through the use of regional information systems. Practical examples will be given by research managers using the FRIS portal in the field of research reporting, analytics, and funding opportunities. 

Data on some CERIF entities – such as funded projects, for instance by the EU, or patents – is most fruitfully analysed at a regional or a national level, hence the value of these portals. In fact, FRIS is just an example of an ever-growing number of national and regional research information systems that countries across Europe are using to gather business intelligence on their research activity. These national and regional CRISs are usually listed in the euroCRIS Directory of Research Information Systems or DRIS. As part of its support for the research information management community worldwide, euroCRIS promotes communication and knowledge exchange across projects for creating national or regional portals and will do so again in its forthcoming CRIS2022 conference.

Learning Outcomes (max 50 words)

The presentation focuses on the advantages and additional possibilities that regional information systems can provide to research managers to get strategic insights and support in their daily operation. Research managers and the RIM community can exchange information to the benefit of both communities.

Authors’ Biographies

Dr. Sadia Vancauwenbergh is President of euroCRIS, the International Organisation for Research Information and Director Research and Internationalisation at Hasselt University. Over the past years, her work included the design and implementation of the architecture of the Flemish CRIS system FRIS (Flemish Research Information Space). She has built a strong expertise in semantic interoperability of research information, in particular in the field of Open Science.

Dr. Hanne Poelmans is Head of the Information management and strategic data analysis unit of Hasselt University, and is affiliated to ECOOM, the Expertise Centre for Research and Development Monitoring. Dr. Poelmans has a strong expertise in university rankings and her daily work includes the collection of research information which can be used for reporting and analytic purposes.

Dr. Annelies Stockmans is Head of the Research Funding unit of Hasselt University. Dr. Stockmans has a strong expertise in supporting researchers with finding funding opportunities and supporting them in the preparation of proposals and the execution of research projects.


Sadia Vancauwenbergh
Hanne Poelmans
Annelies Stockmans