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Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo

CRIS-INTEC, the first information system on research in a Caribbean university

This open data platform brings together all the information related to research work in higher education institutions in the country

CRIS-INTEC, the first information system on research in a Caribbean university

SANTO DOMINGO.- La CRIS-INTEC platform, enabled by the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), celebrates its first year of going online as the first research information portal in a university in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.

The site offers free access to updated information on the scientific production of INTEC, with the aim of making this work more transparent, close and open to the productive sectors and society in general.

Víctor Gómez-Valenzuela, vice-rector for Research and Outreach at INTEC, explains that it is “a search engine that houses all the research carried out by different universities in the country with a friendly interface, in which all research activity can be viewed. , development and innovation”.

"This speaks of the transparency with which research projects are managed at INTEC and enhances the international projection of scientific work", highlighted the vice-rector.

In addition, the platform works as a support for evidence-based teacher evaluation and offers transparency, since it details the amounts assigned to research projects, the total execution of the budget, the assigned times and the expected results of each investigation.

What are CRIS?

The acronym CRIS comes from its name in English Current Research Information Systems. Its origin dates back to the 90s, in Europe. In 2002, the European Organization for International Research Information (EuroCRIS) was established. Since then, research information systems have been built around the world.

The CRIS represent a scientific management and dissemination standard that allows researchers, scientific organizations, dissemination media, companies and students to visualize the main data of an organization's scientific production.

Through this platform, "INTEC specifies its activities, integrating the internal, national and international repositories, with which it interacts, to offer the public a panoramic view of our scientific work," says Gómez-Valenzuela.

Scientific knowledge produced in the DR

CRIS-INTEC is a universe of data, an extraordinary source of research and documents prepared from a local approach, to present innovative solutions to the challenges facing the country; studies achieved with financing from the university itself, with private, state and international organization funds.

This system covers the entire scientific production apparatus of the university, among which are: 1,691 academic and scientific publications, published from 1975 to date. It also contains the data of the 47 research projects that are developed at INTEC, as well as the collaborative map of research carried out with international alliances.

It includes the profiles of the academic staff that participate in research projects: 2,378 research profiles in general, and 39 profiles of INTEC researchers.

The university registers 25 research groups, which address a wide variety of topics, such as structural and earthquake-resistant engineering; energy technology and sustainability; treatment and safe use of water; molecular biology and genetics; educational management and school improvement; aerospace sciences; renewable energy; transportation and roads; among others.

CRIS-INTEC offers access to specific data of the 10 patents registered by the university: name, description, author, academic area and link to other details of interest.

The resources and tools available are the INTEC Academic Magazines, the institutional repository; library; the institutional research portal; databases; communities and collections; and laboratories, study centers and observatories.

Open, collaborative and global science

CRIS-INTEC uses technology based on DSpace, software compatible with several international standard technologies, so that it allows data transfer, scalability and integration with other technologies: ORCID, OJS, Scopus, Web of Science and PlumX Metrics.  

The use of this open software is an effort to maximize opportunities through open science, placing knowledge and innovation at the service of well-being and the transformation of society.

"The transition to open science allows information, data and scientific products to be more accessible and more easily shared with the active participation of all", says the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO).

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