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CORDIS: 30 years of EU research results

After three decades of successful CORDIS operations, this past year of 2020 has shown it has never been more important to invest in science and knowledge and to share and promote trustworthy information as widely as possible.

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The European Commission conceived the Community Research & Development Information Service in 1988 to disseminate and valorise the results of the research framework programmes that began in 1984. CORDIS was launched at the ESPRIT days in 1990, providing unified public access to the databases for programmes, projects and publications. The service grew rapidly in the 1990s, boosted by adding further databases, writing news articles in five languages, distributing printed publications and pioneering the European institutions’ first permanent website at in 1994. In recent years, CORDIS continues to focus on getting relevant information to professionals in the field in a range of formats including web, print, social media and open data. Multilingual Results in Brief articles highlight the outcomes of each project and are collected in thematic CORDIS Results Packs and the regular Research*eu magazine. The CORDIS project and results repository is continuously updated with the public information held by the Commission on projects, participants, reports, deliverables and links to open access publications and datasets. The recent EuroSciVoc taxonomy of almost 1 000 fields of science is used to classify the over 128 500 projects of the 8 framework programmes. A new European Research Information Ontology will be the structure used to expose the Commission’s information as linked open data to connect it with other knowledge graphs and support the promise of open science. On the eve of the ambitious new Horizon Europe programme, CORDIS will integrate more closely with the Funding & Tenders Opportunities Portal and the dissemination and exploitation ecosystem for research and innovation.


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