Introduction & goals
This study surveys research universities and institutions worldwide on their practices related to
research information management. Broadly defined, research information management (RIM)
is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of information about institutional research activities.
This survey represents an effort to better understand how research institutions globally are
applying research information management practices. Research information management
practices may include, but are not limited to:
the creation of an institutional registry of all research outputs, outcomes and impact
faculty activity reporting workflows
publicly available researcher expertise profiles
We are particularly interested in the developing role of libraries in supporting research
The descriptive language for RIM is highly regional. European institutions have consistently
called these systems Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) or Research Information
Systems (RIS). In other locales, particularly in North America, terminology such as Research
Profiling System (RPS) and Research Networking System (RNS) are in more common use.
This survey is NOT a study of data curation or research data management practices,
which are the activities around the creation, management, and preservation of datasets
generated during the course of scientific research.
This study is being conducted by
in collaboration with OCLC Research
Library Partnership institutions and
It expands upon
by EuroCRIS, the International Organization for Research Information, and
the European University Information Systems Organization, which examined
the relationship between CRIS systems and institutional repositories in Europe.
If you have questions, you may contact Rebecca Bryant, Senior Program Officer at OCLC
Who should participate?
We invite participation from universities, research institutes, and other organizations
supporting research and research management.
We encourage your institution to participate in this survey regardless of the status of
your RIM implementation--whether you are currently exploring, implementing, or in
Please complete no more than one survey per institution.
We recognize that research information management practices take place across
institutional units, and that consultation with others in your institution may be required
to accurately complete all questions. We thank you in advance for taking the time to
complete this questionnaire, which will provide important information to the
community about evolving research information management practices. We anticipate
that the survey should take 20-40 minutes to complete, depending upon the status of
your local RIM implementation (institutions with live RIM systems will complete more
questions than those in the planning stages). Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are
PDF copy of the survey
is available for your advance review.
Survey results will be openly available
Survey results will be published in 2018 as an
OCLC Research report
and made openly
available to the community. While the survey requests name and contact information of the
individual completing the survey, your institution may be identified but no personal information
will be shared. Survey data (minus individual contact information) will be published CC-BY.
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“CONTINUE”, I consent to participate in the research study of research information
Survey development team:
Rebecca Bryant, OCLC Research
Pablo de Castro, University of Strathclyde & euroCRIS
Anna Clements, University of St Andrews & euroCRIS
Jan Fransen, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Julie Griffin, Virginia Tech
Constance Malpas, OCLC Research
Michele Mennielli, DuraSpace & euroCRIS
Rachael Samberg, University of California-Berkeley