DUBLIN, Ohio, 4 December 2018. OCLC Research and euroCRIS, the international organization for research information, have published a joint research report, Practices and Patterns in Research Information Management: Findings from a Global Survey, which examines how research institutions worldwide are applying research information management (RIM) practices.
RIM is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of information about research and is emerging as an area of increasing interest and relevance in many university libraries. RIM systems, also broadly known as current research information systems (CRISs), are gaining interest and attention worldwide for their contribution in dealing with new policies on open science, research funding, and national assessment.
To examine the state of RIM practices worldwide, OCLC Research and euroCRIS jointly developed a web-based survey that was administered from October 2017 through February 2018 that yielded 381 responses from 44 countries, demonstrating the global nature of RIM activities.
The report, written by a working group comprised of experts from both organizations, details the complexity of research information management practices. It examines how commercial and open-source platforms are becoming widely implemented across regions, coexisting with many region-specific solutions as well as locally developed systems. It also considers the factors that have led to the need for complex, cross-stakeholder teams to support institutional RIM activities, which increasingly includes the library.
"This joint survey by euroCRIS and OCLC on research information management systems and practices, the largest ever conducted, not only shows the dynamism of the CRIS/RIM ecosystem but also is a concrete step toward bringing the global research information community together and promoting the realization of an international research information infrastructure," said euroCRIS President Ed Simons.
Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Membership and Research, and Chief Strategist at OCLC, adds, "This report contributes to a growing body of work from OCLC to better understand RIM practices, including their regional differences. Of particular interest to library readers of this report is the description of how university RIM workflows are increasingly intersecting with those in the library, notably around the relationship with institutional and data repositories."
The report, along with the full data set, banner tables, and the survey instrument, are available on the OCLC Research website.
euroCRIS is an international not-for-profit, statutory association (www.eurocris.org), governed by Dutch law, dedicated to the development and implementation of efficient and effective research information systems and infrastructures on an institutional, national as well as international level, and to promote cross-system interoperability based on CERIF (Common European Research Information Format). In order to achieve this, one of euroCRIS's main objectives is the promotion of cooperation and exchange of expertise between stakeholders in the research information domain, in particular by setting up Strategic Partnerships with international organizations in the field of Research Information Management.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.