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“This was a very timely topic, addressed by an expert who has successfully implemented a CRIS. Any academic institution producing research should consider the benefits of a CRIS for purposes of managing knowledge, providing evidence to funders and government, and measuring the impact of that research in the disciplines affected. Put simply, it is smart business.” – Anon

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A Current Research Information System, usually known as a “CRIS”, is a system designed to help with the information management of research activity at an institution. The systems provide a common approach to organising data such that they can be used for many purposes, including support for evaluation of research, support for research assessment, compliance management and to assist in the promotion and access to the outcomes of research. CRIS also aim to provide a ‘one stop shop’ of information used for staff CVs and other researcher profiles.

This webinar will provide a brief and general overview of a CRIS and describe how such a system is being used at the University of Edinburgh.

Date: Tuesday 17 March 2015

Time: 1400 GMT

Duration: 45 minutes including Q&A (up to 60 minutes maximum if there is sufficient demand for an extended Q&A)



James Toon
Research Information System Manager (PURE)
University of Edinburgh
  Read a short biography of James Toon "At the University of Edinburgh I currently lead a small team, providing consultancy and services associated with PURE, the University's Current Research Information System (CRIS). The mission of the team is to ensure the seamless operation of the CRIS system as part of the day to day work of researchers and to service the research information needs of the University. The team is also responsible for supporting research outcomes reporting as part of our contract requirements with grant funders and for the University research excellence framework (REF) returns."



  • A broad understanding of how CRIS systems are being used by institutions in support of research information management
  • Examples of support structures and workflows used in the day to day management of a CRIS
  • Some key CRIS use cases for both research administrators and research staff

Subject level and previous knowledge required:

Introductory and non-intensive, no previous knowledge or experience required.



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