Irja Vounakis has over twenty years of experience in the field of information systems and services. She joined the European Commission in 1989 to contribute to the setup of the Community Research and Information Service (CORDIS). She is currently responsible for information collection and content production for the CORDIS service.
Before joining the European Commission she held positions with the Technical Research Centre in Finland, Technical Chamber of Greece in Athens and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium.
She has degrees in Chemical Engineering (M.Sc), Economics (B.A) and in Information and Documentation Sciences (Licenciée Speciale).
The exploitation of Current Research Information Systems for Technology Transfer: How CORDIS works.
Parallel session A.3
In this presentation, I will explore how CORDIS, the Community Research and Development Information Service, assists organizations in exploiting research results and transferring and further developing relevant technologies from company to company, country to country and industry to industry.
I will review several case studies which illustrate how the CORDIS Results Service, which is now accessible via the World Wide Web, has been successfully used and found to be a highly effective tool for multipliers and technology transfer organizations, as well as for individual companies across Europe. For example, for ARIST, Agence Régionale d'Information Scientifique et Technique, Midi-Pyrenees, CORDIS has proved to be an important communications tool in disseminating technology offers from their region. Over the last couple of years, ARIST has been contacted by hundreds of organizations interested in results and technologies communicated via CORDIS. CORDIS helped ARIST improve the dissemination of technology offers and therefore assisted them in establishing relationships throughout Europe.
While the storage of key transferable technology information on databases is important to the process, it is only half a solution at best. The dissemination 'packaging' and marketing of this information to organizations that can potentially benefit from it, is just as important as the collection of quality data. In my presentation, I will also give an overview of many ways, existing and planned, that CORDIS information results is assembled, organized, presented and promoted in order to help to achieve the highest possible awareness of, and benefits from, the service. From current popular dissemination tools like the printed quarterly CORDIS focus Results Supplement, to new WWW dissemination technologies which allow users to receive regular automatic updates to specific information requests, CORDIS includes a wide range of targeted tools that help users get the most out of the information available.