The application of the CERIF data format to Snowball metrics

Clements, Anna, Joerg, Brigitte ORCID logoORCID:, Lingjærde, Grete Christina, Chudlarský, Tomáš and Colledge, Lisa (2014) The application of the CERIF data format to Snowball metrics. Jeffery, Keith, Clements, Anna, de Castro, Pablo and Luzi, Daniela, eds. Proceedings 12th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems - Managing data intensive science - the role of research information systems in realising the digital agenda. In: CRIS 2014, 13-15 May 2014, Rome, Italy. . ISSN 1877-0509 [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1016/j.procs.2014.06.047)

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The euroCRIS Indicators Task Group aims to develop and share best practice in the use of indicators to support research information management. One of the outputs of the group will be indicators expressed in CERIF that can re-used by CERIF-compliant software services to support consistent measurements for both national and international purposes.

This Task Group will express multiple sets of indicators in CERIF, with Snowball Metrics being the first set to be tackled. The goal of the Snowball Metrics initiative is for research-intensive institutions to share their knowledge and experiences to agree best practice in evidence-based institutional strategic planning. Agreed and tested metrics “recipes”, or methodologies, are shared free of charge with the sector in the Snowball Metrics Recipe Book ( for use by any organization, whether for public service or commercial purposes.

One of the principles of Snowball Metrics is that they are system-agnostic: in other words, that although particular types of data are needed to support their calculation, the data can come from any relevant source such that the recipes are not tied to any one particular system or supplier of research information. The application of the CERIF data standard to the recipes is an important component in enabling benchmarking between institutions in a system-agnostic manner through the exchange of Snowball Metrics.

CERIFication of Snowball Metrics is also expected to facilitate the endorsement of these recipes as global standards. The first set of recipes was agreed and tested by a group of universities in the United Kingdom, but the vision is that Snowball Metrics are supported by universities globally, and that multiple national groups contribute their expertise to agree how best to leverage the institutional and national data sources available, alongside proprietary data sources. The formation of Working Groups and the use of Snowball Metrics outside the United Kingdom demonstrate that the initiative is gaining global traction, and strongly indicate that the needs being addressed are widespread problems for which the sector would like to find a single answer. The universal nature of CERIF provides an important reference point to which it is expected that distinct but equivalent national data sources can be mapped and so used in international benchmarking.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Series: Procedia Computer Science 33 (2014)
Keywords (uncontrolled): Snowball Metrics, indicators, CERIF, research information management, institutional strategy
Research Areas: A. > Library and Student Support
Item ID: 31075
Notes on copyright: © 2014 Published by Elsevier B.V Open access under CC BY-NC-ND license.
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Depositing User: Brigitte Joerg
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2020 18:10
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2020 18:10

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