CTLS is proud to announce its participation in CatRIS, a European project that aims to create a Europe-wide catalogue of research infrastructure services.
CatRIS will allow a single-site access to all the relevant information on research infrastructures (RI) and their services located across Europe. In contrast to the generic online search engines, CatRIS will provide direct access to accurate information delivered and maintained up to date by RI service providers themselves. Interoperability being a key factor of success for CatRIS, the catalogue will interconnect several databases and function as an aggregator, something that is not available in search engines.
The RI services will be presented in a structured, harmonised and cross-disciplinary format. Advanced search functions will guarantee that users get the information most relevant to their inquiry. Users will also be able to compare RI services offered by different providers. When necessary, CatRIS will redirect users to relevant local or thematic catalogues.
To avoid the drawbacks of generic search engines, CatRIS portal will serve as a marketplace where RI owners, managers and funders will publicise RI services to a large community of users and policy makers. The portal will also facilitate the search, exploration, comparison, rating, recommending, reviewing and viewing statistics on RI services. Such possibilities are currently not available for RI users, since the information is spread and unstructured throughout the web, or is contained in fragmented, individual cataloguing initiatives. While helping RI owners and managers promote their services, CatRIS will also serve to improve the accessibility of RI services to users.