CatRIS will allow to access in a single site all the relevant information on RI and their services all across Europe. In opposition to the generic online search engines, CatRIS will provide direct access to accurate and up-to-date information delivered by RI service providers themselves. The RI services will be provided in a structured, harmonised and cross-disciplinary format which will follow a thoughtful categorization scheme. Interoperability is key for CatRIS. Its catalogue will interconnect several databases, something that is unavailable in search engines.
All useful information will be displayed in a clear and efficient way with single point access to all RI services. Advanced search functions will be on-hand to guarantee that users get the best available information to satisfy their needs. Users will be redirected to local or thematic catalogues and will also be able to compare RI services offered by different providers.
RI owners, managers and funders will be able to use the CatRIS portal as a marketplace to publicise RI services to a large community of users and policy makers, avoiding the drawbacks of generic search engines. The portal will also facilitate the search, exploration, comparison, getting recommendations, rating, reviewing and viewing statistics on RI services. Such possibilities are currently not available to for RI users, since the information on is spread and unstructured throughout the web, or available in fragmented, individual cataloguing initiatives. CatRIS will therefore optimise the accessibility of RI services to users and their promotion by RI owners and managers.