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Manghi P., Manola N., Karstensen Elbaek M., Bijsterbosch M., Schirrwagen J., Vanderfeesten M. OpenAIRE - Specs for interoperability with existing CRIS-systems and Commission tools. Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe. Deliverable D7.1, 2010.
The aim of the OpenAIRE system is to harvest publication bibliographic metadata from institutional and subject-based repositories, e.g., Open Access Repositories (OAR), and in parallel to fetch project metadata from the CORDA database of the European Commision to enable ways for interconnecting the two, in order to identify, capture and measure the results obtained through EC fundings in FP7 projects. This deliverable explores two main issues related with the above scenario: (i) the possibility for OpenAIRE to interoperate with existing CRIS-OAR environments, which already have started to establish similar principles and exchange mechanisms for an integrated research environment, and (ii) the methodology adopted and agreed by OpenAIRE and the CORDA database EC service to make the two systems interoperate on the logical level and develop services to ingest project information into OpenAIRE. More specifically, this document investigates two levels of interoperation with such external services: CRIS-OAR interoperability: within the research information domain, arbitrarily two types of information systems may be distinguished: „h administrative information used for research management and accountability towards funders and generally contained in so-called Research Management Systems (RMS) or Current Research Information Systems (CRIS)1; „h bibliographic information used in scholarly communication contained in (Open Access) Repositories (OAR), generally also containing the full-text publication. In reality, CRIS systems are also capable of describing publications, but due to practical differences (CRIS¡¦s are run by the administrative departments of research organizations while OARs are run by library departments) a research institute¡¦s publications are maintained in the institution¡¦s repository. The emerging CRIS/OAR initiatives try to bridge the gap in the way publication information is presented and exchanged between the two information systems, in order to achieve results similar to the ones of OpenAIRE, but at the level of an institution or a larger organization, or even nation-wide: to assess the research output and ultimately define research funding criteria based on research merit. The Knowledge Exchange CRIS-OAR initiative aims at defining standard data models and data exchange formats specifically devised for describing and transferring content surviving in CRIS-OAR environments (i.e., publication bibliographical descriptions and related project information). This deliverable defines and proposes an XML schema for interoperability of CRIS-OAR environments, and based on this, it describes how the OpenAIRE data model can map onto it with the ultimate goal to be able to exchange information in the future. CORDA interoperability: interoperability with CORDA is achieved at two levels of interaction, which are both addressed by this deliverable: „h establishing and implementing the protocols for data exchange, i.e., OpenAIRE system to consume CORDA database, and „h establishing a set of strict data access policies, in order not to abuse the data made available by CORDA database. This deliverable addresses both issues, by specifying the architecture and the established access rights.
Subject Interoperability
H.3.7 Digital Libraries

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