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CORDIS - new user-friendly access to European research and innovation information previewed at Online Information 99, London, 7-9 December 1999

CORDIS, the European Community R&D Information Service, will be offering the first public preview of its redesigned website exclusiv...
CORDIS - new user-friendly access to European research and innovation information previewed at Online Information 99, London, 7-9 December 1999

CORDIS, the European Community R&D Information Service, will be offering the first public preview of its redesigned website exclusively to Online Information 99 visitors. A virtual CORDIS 'galaxy' with various 'planets' will make navigation easier. Users will have a clearer view of the huge CORDIS information service, currently offering almost 40,000 Web pages and ten fully searchable databases, complemented by interactive services and access to other hosted or linked websites.

'EU-funded research' and 'Innovation in practice' are the two central planets in the CORDIS universe, which is a practical working tool for all key players in the innovation process. CORDIS provides information and assistance to innovators, offering them the opportunity to set up transnational consortia for cooperation in R&D activities, to share expertise and to exploit research results. With the recent launch of the European Union's Fifth R&D Framework Programme, interest in innovation is running high and the number of visitors to the CORDIS website currently averages some 130,000 per month.

CORDIS Information space:

CORDIS is the European Commission's official information service for the Fifth R&D Framework Programme, which has committed 14,960 million euro over the next four years for R&D. All information about calls for proposals, programme implementation and policy developments is available from a single entry point. CORDIS offers guided tours and interactive services (for example to help search for partners) and a project preparation assistance tool.

The CORDIS new look:

The new design results from an ongoing study of the needs of established and potential users of the service. It will increase CORDIS's user-friendliness and make it easier to navigate through the various information fields.

- 'CORDIS Today' - 'CORDIS News Headlines' and 'CORDIS Current Features' will keep CORDIS users informed about the most recent updates, both to the information on offer and to the services available on CORDIS.

- 'Find' is the channel for both regular and new visitors to the CORDIS website wanting fast access to specific information.

- 'Explore' is a more general channel for users wanting to discover the universe of innovation. This is an area for major new developments of CORDIS in the future, with new features to help innovators (services such as 'My CORDIS', 'Local support for innovation' and others). A new 'planet' called R&D Gateway will provide links to other R&D and innovation information sources both inside and outside the CORDIS information space.

- Journalists visiting Online Information 99 can test the new Press service on the Web.

CORDIS and Online Information 99:

London Online has been a key event for new CORDIS developments. It was the main event for the first presentation of CORDIS to the public in 1990, only one month after the official launch of the service. In 1996, again for the first time, CORDIS presented at Online Information its nine integrated databases on the Internet. Last year, Online Information was the stage for the official launch of the ERGO service.

This year CORDIS offers Online Information visitors a special presentation each day (Tuesday 11h00, Wednesday 14h45 and Thursday 12h45) and permanent individual demonstrations on the European Commission stand (132, ground floor). Stop by at the Scientific, Technical & Medical Theatre on 7 December 1999 at 12h35 for the European Commission's presentation: 'CORDIS - a new user-friendly access to European science and innovation information'.

This first public preview of the new CORDIS design is only part of ongoing CORDIS developments. The launch of a number of new features now under development will coincide with the CORDIS tenth anniversary in the year 2000.

The official full launch of the redesigned CORDIS Web service is scheduled for 25 January 2000.

The demonstration version of the new CORDIS site may be found, in English only, at:

http://cordis.europa.eu/beta/home.html

Source: CORDIS Information Collection Unit

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