The Document Library on CORDIS is a database of documents related
to EU RTD activities which can be directly downloaded by the user.
It contains selected documents from 1994 to date.
The electronic documents are supplied by the RTD programmes of the
EU, in particular the programmes of the current Framework Programme
for Research and Technological Development. Many of the documents
which formed the discussion for the preparation of the Fifth Framework
Programme are also available, including opinions from the Member
States and the Commission's final proposal. Similar documents relating
to the Sixth Framework Programme are being added as they become available.
The most common documents found in the Document Library are those
which are important for submitting project proposals, i.e. the text
of calls for proposals from the different RTD programmes, Information
Packages, Work Programmes and supplementary documents. Other available
documents include project reports and papers relating to policy
in various fields of interest.
For each document, a record is created to show basic information about
the document, such as its title, date of publication, type of document,
language versions available and a brief abstract. It is important to be
aware of the distinction between the downloadable document itself and the
record that represents it in the database. A search in the database looks
only at the document records, and not at the text of the documents themselves.
Some documents are available in all the official languages of the
European Union, while others may be available in fewer languages or only a
single language. Almost all documents are available in English, and other
documents in French and German are more common than those in other
languages. A separate record is created for each language version of a
document, but the records for language versions other than English do
not include an abstract, because abstracts are available only in English.
So non-English words can be searched for only in the title fields.
The documents are provided in various electronic formats. Portable
Document Format (PDF) is the most widely used, but there are also documents
in other formats such as Microsoft Word, Word Perfect and Microsoft Excel,
Note: Every record includes the fields marked with a
red asterisk "*"; other fields are also included
if relevant information is available.
Database Record Management Fields
Quality Validation Date
The date that the information was checked prior to loading
on the host
Record Control Number
||A unique reference number for this record
The date this record was created or last updated
||A short description of the document
||The date that the document was published
The Document Type classified according to its type
||The title of the document
Document Expiry Date
The date that the document is no longer valid
||The electronic format in which the record can be downloaded
||The language of the downloaded document
The title of the document in its different language versions
Other Parts of Document
The parts of the document which along with the current record
comprise a document which has been divided
The programmes to which the record is related
The Record Control Number of the record in the RTD-Publications
database to which the document is linked
The size of the document to download in Kilobytes
The abstract field contains a short description of the document
in fewer than 200 words. It is one of the fields included in the
free text search. In the abstract of a call for proposals, many objectives
of the call are included. However this is only intended
as a guide for the user and does not substitute the original text
in any way.
report presents the results of a survey among researchers, patent agents
and institutions in industry and public research to investigate the issue
of publication delay, which could slow down scientific progress. Conflicting
views on the possible introduction of a "grace period", and the difficulty of
producing an acceptable definition of this concept are considered. The report
concludes that Framework conditions should be further optimised to ease the
use of the patent system by academics and small and medium sized enterprises.
This field gives the date that the document was published. When only the
year or month of publication is known, the day and/or month are given as 01.
When a document such as a project final report is undated, the closing date
of the project may be given as the document date.
Each document is categorised according to the nature of the document
and the information it contains. The following table shows the document
types in use:
Calls for proposals, calls for expressions of interest, advance
notice of calls and corrigenda to calls for proposals
Documents sent by the Commission to the Council and to other
Community bodies as part of the Community decision-making and
(this Document Type was introduced
in June 2000. Some full text COM documents from 1995 to 2000 are categorised under the
Document Type 'General Policy'. Abstracts of earlier COM documents are
available in the CORDIS RTD-Comdocuments database)
||Work Programme of an RTD programme
All the parts which form the information package including
annexes. However not the call for proposals text or Work Programme
if they are available as separate files under 'Call' and 'Work
Documents sent by the Secretariat-General of the European Commission to
the Council and to other Community bodies as part of the Community decision-making
and legislative processes
(This Document Type was introduced in
June 2000. Abstracts of earlier SEC documents are available in the CORDIS
|Supporting document for proposers
Any other documents which do not constitute the information
package but serve to help proposers in making project applications
Application forms for proposers and other forms. Note: the
desired form may be part of an Information Package
Lists of RTD contacts. Note: the desired list may be part
of an Information Package
Documents related to EU RTD policy including COM documents
(until June 2000), Green papers, White Papers
Project reports with links to RTD-Projects database records
Documents containing summaries or synopses of projects
||Conference, workshop or seminar proceedings
Studies carried out on behalf of the RTD programmes, particularly
Some documents are divided into several electronic files; either
because they would otherwise form very large files or for the convenience
of the user. When this is the case the records for the different
files which constitute the whole document are indicated in this
field. The user is therefore able to see the number of files which
must be downloaded in order to obtain the whole document. Clicking
on each hyperlink will take the user to the record for each file.
As far as possible the title shown is that given on the document itself.
For reasons of clarity it may be shortened or it may be slightly altered
to maintain a certain level of consistency throughout the database. Where
necessary, the acronym of the RTD programme, from which the document originates,
is added. Key references, such as the COM document number, may also be added.
In Simple Search and Advanced Search, titles in all language versions are included
in a title search. But in Professional Search, it is normally necessary to
search in the 'Original Title' field to find titles in languages other than English.
Amended proposals for Council Decisions concerning the specific
programmes implementing the Sixth Framework Programme of the EC for research,
technological development and demonstration activities (2002-2006) [...] -
Documents may expire for different reasons.
Any documents related to answering a specific call for proposals
expire on the closing date for submission of the proposal.
Programmes valid for the duration of an RTD programme expire when
the programme comes to an end.
Some documents have no expiry date because they are considered
to have a long-term value. This is the case for documents
related to EU policy.
Documents are not deleted from the database when they expire, and
are automatically covered by all searches in Simple Search and Professional
Search. In Advanced Search, however, there is a tick box 'Search expired
documents', which can be used to include or exclude expired documents in the
search. By default they are excluded.
This field contains the name of the document in all its different language
versions. At the moment English is by far the most common language
used and any document can be expected to be found in English. Following
English, French and German are the next most commonly used languages,
followed by Spanish and Italian. Some documents are available in
all the official languages of the European Union.
In Professional Search, you must search in this field to find document
titles in languages other than English.
The acronym or abbreviation in this field identifies the programme
to which the record is linked. Some Commission programmes do not
have an official acronym suitable for use as a database reference.
In such an instance CORDIS will generate its own acronym. Acronyms
generated by CORDIS are indicated by the suffix C. For example ENV
2C, the second Environment and Climate programme. Clicking on the
hypertext programme acronym takes the user to the record for the
respective programme in the Programmes database.
Some document records for the JOULE/THERMIE and INCO are linked
only to programme sub-areas. A search on these programme acronyms
will only show the documents generic to the whole programme as well
as all calls for tender and Work Programmes, but not all documents
related to the programmes. For all the documents available for the
programme sub-areas use the sub area acronyms as follows:
sub-areas - NNE-JOULE C and NNE THERMIE C
sub-areas - INCO-COPERNICUS and INCO-DC
This field indicates that the document also has a record in the
RTD-Publications database. The number shown is the 'Record Control
Number' of the record in the RTD-Publications database. Clicking
on the hyper linked Record Control Number takes the user to the
RTD-Publications record showing publication details of the document.
This number may also be used to search for the entry in the RTD-Publications
The date that the information was checked prior to loading it on
to the host.
This field contains a number which provides a unique reference
for each record in this database. When noted, it is a useful way
of quickly retrieving the same record subsequently. It should be
noted in the event of queries to the CORDIS Help Desk when these
relate to a specific record.
Record control numbers currently consist of a unique 4-digit number,
followed by a 3-digt code for the document language (e.g. …005 =
English, …018 = Swedish).
This field shows the date that the record was created or last updated.
It is not necessarily the date on which the information was current.
The Boolean operators "AND", "OR" and "NOT" may
be combined with search terms in the text boxes. If two or more terms are entered with either a
comma or a space separating them, the default operator will be "AND".
Phrase searches should be put in double quotes (e.g. "License Agreement").
Wildcards ('?' for 1 character, or '*' for multiple characters) may be used
within terms or to truncate word endings (e.g. 'parasit*'; 'analy?e').
Multiple terms may be selected in any of the list boxes in the Advanced
Search or Professional Search interfaces. To select multiple terms using
Windows, hold down the control key while clicking on your terms.
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