On June 22, in occasion of the 51st Meeting of the TIP Working Party – OECD, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia presented the first results produced within the RE-SEARCH ALPS project in the “Country updates” Session.
The project, which started in July 2017 under the Programme Connecting Europe Facility: Telecom (CEF-TC-2016-2 – Public Open Data), has being developed in collaboration with Unimont – University of Milan, the French and the Italian Ministries for Research and Education (MIUR, MESRI), and the French enterprise Sidetrade.
By June 2019, RE-SEARCH ALPS aims to gather, consolidate, harmonize and make available to different targets (public and private bodies working at local, regional and national level) data about laboratories and research and innovation centers which are active in particular in the 7 countries (IT, FR, CH, AT, SI, DE, LI) and in the 48 Regions of the Alpine Region (EUSALP).
The platform will allow users to know what the laboratories and research centers do; where they are located; where excellence emerges, according to research fields / themes and numbers (active researchers, published papers, won prizes, running EU projects, gotten patents, etc); who are the people working in a specific center and determining its excellence; which are the network of relations they highlight in their websites. Semantic and multilingual search algorithms support the users in retrieving the data of interest.
The project constitutes a strategic tool for researchers and experts, policy makers, stakeholders at the national and European level, as it can contribute to enhance collaboration and to design Win-to-Win models for innovation based on a complete, deeper, updated and more accessible knowledge from open big data related to research centers and labs.
The Beta version of the search platform, already available with data concerning French and Italian research centers and labs, is an adapted and extended version of the scanR platform (https://scanr.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/) developed by MESRI on 2016. The resulting dataset (generated by the integration of more than 15 sources) contains data about 70.000 organisations and 60.000 projects.
The system is available at: http://researchalps.data-publica.com