Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

New look partners service makes it even simpler to construct consortiums

CORDIS, the European Commission's on-line R&D information service, has upgraded its partner's service making it more user-friendly and straight forward to search for partners for research collaborations.

The CORDIS partners service, available from URL: http://cordis.europa....
CORDIS, the European Commission's on-line R&D information service, has upgraded its partner's service making it more user-friendly and straight forward to search for partners for research collaborations.

The CORDIS partners service, available from URL: http://cordis.europa.eu/partners-service is one of the interactive services now available from CORDIS and is a tailor-made tool helping researchers find the best research partners for their projects from around Europe.

The partners service team has now developed a new gateway to the information it has collated during its daily operations. This now enables users to be very specific when defining how they want to use the service, making the process of finding partners more efficient.

Users have always been able to either search the partners service to find potential members of their research consortiums, or add profiles of their own area expertise to the service so that others might find them. Anyone who enters their team's profile on CORDIS can also update this on-line if needed.

Now though, the partners service offers filtered entry points to all the information available on-line, so that, for example, researchers can search only for partners in the candidate countries to the EU, or for partners for calls for proposals only to the European Commission's Information Society and Technologies (IST) programme.

These facilities are both part of the CORDIS 'Classic' Partners service, which gives users access to all the stored profiles. But the improved system also now allows researchers to look for prospective collaborators just for expressions of interest for the Commission's Fifth Framework Programme, as well as for SME-specific support measures, including exploratory award project information and entries submitted by the SME National Contact Points.

Feedback from users shows that the Partners service really works. For example, the French association 'Alpes de Lumière' in Haute Provence, France, says CORDIS was very helpful in finding the missing partner for its project proposal.

In 1998, Alpes de Lumi¿re prepared a project proposal for the March Call of the Leonardo da Vinci programme. The proposal focused on the creation of a training course presenting the heritage of rural areas to the young people living in them. Ms Laura Robertson of the Association turned successfully to CORDIS to find an organisation working in this field. She contacted Mr. Papadopoulos of the University of Cyprus, who was glad to participate as the project involved both heritage and multimedia - existing areas of research at the university (the other partners came from Switzerland, Spain and Scotland). Speaking to the CORDIS partners service, Mr. Papadopoulos later recalled his surprised when his entry on CORDIS resulted in so many telephone calls to request his participation in various projects.

The programme finally accepted the project in December 1998 and a meeting of all the partners concerned took place in Cyprus in March 1999. INHERIT aims to create a new European training course in rural heritage and to meet the needs of both local employers and young people. Those interested can follow this project's work at:

URL: http://www.norcol.ac.uk/create/inherit

The CORDIS Partners service now contains the profiles of more than 12,000 research groups looking for collaborators in their fields around Europe. However, the CORDIS team is encouraging scientists right across Europe to also add their details to those already on the service and contribute to its further evolution.

Source: CORDIS Content Development and Planning.

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