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
  • awards/grants management
  • faculty activity reporting workflows
  • publicly available researcher expertise profiles

We are particularly interested in the developing role of libraries in supporting research information management.

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 OCLC Research in collaboration with OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions and EuroCRIS. It expands upon previous survey research by EuroCRIS, the International Organization for Research Information, and EUNIS, 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 Research at bryantr@oclc.org or +1-614-764-6423.


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 production.
  • 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 required. A 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.

I have read the above information and affirm that I am 18 years of age or older. By clicking “CONTINUE”, I consent to participate in the research study of research information management practices.

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



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