Volume 106, 2017, Pages 100–103

13th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems, CRIS2016, Communicating and Measuring Research Responsibly: Profiling, Metrics, Impact,Interoperability

Edited By Miguel-Angel Sicilia, Anna Clements, Pablode de Castro and Ed Simons

Open Access

CASRAI-UK: Using the CASRAI Approach to Develop Standards for Communicating and Sharing Research Information in the UK

  • a CASRAI, Ottawa, K1R 7X6, Canada
  • b University of St Andrews, St Andrews, KY169AJ, UK
  • c JISC, London, WC2E7EN, UK
  • d University of Kent, Canterbury. CT27NZ, UK
  • e University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G128QQ, UK
  • f University of Bristol, Bristol, BS81TH, UK


This paper explains how the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) might be used to share research information in an open and sustainably governed approach, led by research organisations.

CASRAI is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing administrative burden and improving outcomes and impact reporting through good stewardship of information requirements by research organisations (universities, colleges, teaching hospitals and other research centres). The objective is to improve the flow of information within and between research stakeholders. The approach sees the ‘user-led’ development and maintenance of standard information agreements. These agreements include (a) specifications defining what data elements (entities) are needed for various key business processes in the research lifecycle and (b) definitions for all the terms appearing in these specifications. The open and standardised definitions are curated and maintained in an open online dictionary that can then be used by system providers and others to exchange information in a standard, agreed format e.g.by using CERIF-XML as the transfer mechanism.


  • standards;
  • interoperability;
  • definitions;
  • administration;
  • dictionaries

Peer-review under responsibility of the Organizing Committee of CRIS2016.

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