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SynSICRIS: Synergies for Societal Impact in Current Research Information Systems

Wolf, Birge; Lossow, Stefan

The overall aim of our approach is to develop a tool that helps to assess and acknowledge the social benefits of applied research in addition to its scientific impact. Evaluation of social benefits of research is not trivial and commonly lacks easy to use data. Thus, elaborated collections of data through interviews and documentary analysis are frequently used – but they are too time-consuming to establish continuous assessment procedures. Accordingly, tools for continuous data collection needs to serve more purposes than evaluation. The development of the SynSICRIS tool aims to extend a current research information system (CRIS) by indicators for social contributions, such as "productive interactions" and the applicability of research results. In order to establish this instrument, synergies with funding processes and knowledge exchange are to be implemented: Researchers should be able to document directly in the CRIS and thus replace parts of text in applications and reports. Information and functions of the CRIS should support the funding bodies in the management of projects and programs. Knowledge transfer and exchange with practice and society should be facilitated by information and outputs tailored to the needs of target groups that are easy to search and mostly free accessible. In the future the use of such tools can support “open science and open practice infrastructures”. This allows to provide linked connections from scientific publications to research data as well as to outputs for practice and society, information on applicability and data on knowledge use and benefits. In the DARIAH-EU workshop we will present some of our approaches as well as mock-ups documenting the development of the SynSICRIS tool.

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