Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

25 years of CORDIS

It’s already been 25 years since the ESPRIT conference in November 1990, where the European Commission officially launched CORDIS — a new Community Research & Development Information Service — after two years of intensive work.
25 years of CORDIS
The initiative was born in 1988 with a decision of the European Commission that defined an ambitious range of services and tasks to be carried out by the service owner DG XIII (the Directorate-General for Telecommunications, Information Industries and Innovation, based in Luxembourg).

The decision referred to the previous year's Single European Act article 130g that instructed the Community to work on the "dissemination and optimisation of the results of activities in Community research, technological development and demonstration".

The initial three R&D databases for Programmes, Projects and Publications brought together the information from various Commission sources into a single point of access for a public audience. By 1993, six additional databases had been added: Results, Acronyms, COMdocuments, Contacts, Partners and News. An offline CD-ROM was added to complement the original videotex-style menu and telnet connection and the CORDIS reference manual provided detailed documentation on how to use the databases.

CORDIS continued to adapt to new technologies and extend its services, pioneering the EU institutions' first permanent website in 1994, which led to an explosion of user access and activity. As part of the VALUE and then the Innovation programmes, CORDIS followed its guiding principles of dissemination and exploitation of knowledge, delivering web services like the Technology Marketplace and printed publications like the CORDIS focus Newsletter and its RTD Results Supplements (now the research*eu magazines).

After more than 30 years of European Union research funding, CORDIS now holds over 5300 projects from the current Horizon 2020 framework programme, with plans to publish a broader range of project deliverables and to build a basis for linked open data. A new multilingual added-value service has recently been launched, bringing together the most promising research outputs as "Results Packs" to the specialised audiences who can exploit them.

True to the vision of the European Commission more than a quarter of a century ago, CORDIS will continue to be at the heart of the EU’s research results.

Source: Based on information from CORDIS

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