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State aims for standardised data

North Rhine-Westphalia has set up a central advisory and coordination centre to help standardise how its institutions record their research activities.

The initiative, known as CRIS.NRW (Current Research Information System), is a response to recommendations set out by the Wissenschaftsrat, a council of senior scientists that advises the German government, in January. The council provided a “core data set” of definitions and categories that should be adopted by institutions nationwide.

“Our offer of a state-wide advisory centre supports our universities in putting the Wissenschaftsrat’s recommendations into practice,” said Svenja Schulze, North Rhine-Westphalia’s science minister. “We are taking a leading role nationwide.”

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