euroCRIS membership meeting in Madrid

The 2012 euroCRIS Autumn membership meeting was held at the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid on Nov 5-6. Co-organised by euroCRIS, GrandIR and the Spanish Foundation of Science and Technology (FECYT), the event hosted over 80 research information management professionals in order to discuss CERIF-based CRIS implementation. The event Special Topic session was dedicated to Persistent Identifiers and ORCID.

Europe PMC is launched

On Nov 1st the UK PubMed Central Service has been rebranded to Europe PMC. As a result of a growing number of European funders (including the EU European Research Council) joining UKPMC, the Open Access subject-based portal for biomedicine and biotechnology has now spread to the whole European Union and so has its Europe PMC plus feature for managing grants and publications.

"The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability (2012)"

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has just released its report on "The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability". The report provides an overview of the current interoperability landscape in its first section, describing available services in eight areas: metadata harvesting, usage statistics, cross-system content transfer, unique identifiers, enhancing visibility, support services for repository networks, repository embedding and management of complex digital objects. Section 2 offers further details on specific initiatives designed to support these areas of work.