Technik und Umwelt
Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Helsinki, Finland, May 25-27, 2000
The fifth conference on Current Research Information Systems (in Europe), CRIS 2000, will take place in Helsinki (Finland) on 25 - 27 May 2000. The conference is being organised by the European Commission, within the framework of the Commission's INNOVATION/SMEs Programme, and hosted by the Finnish Ministry of Education and TEKES, the Technology Development Centre in Finland.
Internet technology and computer networks have evolved to the point that information providers and users are able to develop innovative approaches to the creation and dissemination of research information. The traditional CRIS was the research documentation unit at publicly-funded universities, which produced research information in forms that were cumbersome and difficult to access. With the emergence of the Web, CRIS have evolved into dynamic, interactive information resources, and important means for technology transfer, inter-institutional collaboration, and public access to research information.
The CRIS 2000 Conference will address the challenge of using new technologies for Web, multimedia and database integration to make information on current research available for the benefit of all sectors of the society.
The Conference will offer four different approaches for achieving these aims:
In addition to the scientific programme, special social activities will be arranged.
Conference Topics for Papers
The conference will be organised around the following main topics:
Tailoring Research Information to User Needs
Research Information in Contemporary Society
Research Information: the Next Decade
Posters and Contributions to the Cybercafé
The CRIS 2000 Cybercafé will be a home page providing access to the Conference contributions in addition to Conference related information. The Cybercafé also will be the forum for a "virtual" CRIS Conference, with links to CRIS and other services, which might be used for demonstrations during the Conference and for discussion in specific technical roundtable groups. Persons or organisations are invited to submit a one-page summary for poster or Cybercafé contribution in any of the topics listed above. Posters will be displayed prominently in the Conference venue.
The CRIS 2000 Cybercafé will be published in advance of the Conference on the CRIS 2000 Web site, as a "virtual conference". Contributors will also be invited to demonstrate and discuss their Cybercafé presentations in roundtable sessions of the special interest groups with other Conference attendees. Cybercafé contributions should emphasise innovative technical approaches and developments, or "best practices" in current research information. The programme committee may select some Cybercafé presentations for topics of the roundtable discussions.
The Conference languages will be English, French and German. Speeches will be simultaneously interpreted in and from those languages. Papers, abstracts, posters and contributions to the Cybercafé, however, have to be presented in English.
CRIS 2000 Conference sites are to be found on:
(information related to the CRIS 2000 Conference contents)
(information related to the Conference location)