CatRIS stands for Catalogue of Research Infrastructures Services and it aims at gathering information on services provided by Research Infrastructures, but also Core Facilities and shared Scientific Resources. It builds on previous experiences from the MERIL, MERIL-2 and eInfracentral projects. These projects have laid the groundwork for developing the architectures, classifications and taxonomy related to the description of research infrastructures and their services. They have also gathered a significant amount of data and established a broad network of connections with the RI community including RI managers, operators, projects networks and policy makers. Therefore, CatRIS has started with a strong base of previously gathered knowledge and expertise. Over its first year and a half, the Consortium has worked on setting up the catalogue which focuses on services description and presentation in line with the specifications being developed in parallel within EOSC and other relevant projects.
The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is a trusted digital platform for the scientific community, providing seamless access to data and interoperable services that address the whole research data cycle, from discovery and mining to the storage, management, analysis and re-use across borders and scientific disciplines (1). The EOSC Catalogue aims to present in a well-organised manner the available Resources that are on offer to a User/Customer by a Provider. It is the customer-facing list of all Resources offered. It addresses the challenge of the lack of Interoperable Online Catalogues of Research Resources that European Researchers could explore across Europe. Researchers increasingly live, work, and conduct research across borders. Their increased mobility must be supported by cross-border services and seamless exchange of data.
CatRIS is a self-standing gateway for accessing physical Research Infrastructure services and resources and it is positioned as one of the contributors to the EOSC and in particular to its catalogue of services. CatRIS gathers information in a bottom-up way directly from Research Infrastructures, Core Facilities and Shared Scientific Resources focusing on services provided by physical infrastructures in order to complement existing sources of information and offer a dynamic and user-centred platform for data input as well as assistance with the services registration (the Onboarding process). As such, it acknowledges and considers the variety of existing thematic, national or regional cataloguing initiatives to which it can offer interoperability and visibility within EOSC. The information is collected in an EOSC-compatible format so that services entered in CatRIS can eventually appear in the EOSC catalogue via an interoperability mechanism that has been put in place. EOSC is a framework encompassing many components contributed by projects aimed at implementing the EOSC concept. CatRIS, supporting the implementation of the EOSC, is taking part in the development of the EOSC ecosystem and is aligned with the guidelines provided by the EOSC Executive and Governance Board and the European Commission, representing and bringing on-board a wide spectrum of physical RIs that significantly enhance the offering and value of EOSC.