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ESFRI Workshop on monitoring Research Infrastructures

Words by Gaëlle de Meeûs d'Argenteuil, 17th December 2018

On November 19 and 20, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) held a workshop on monitoring of Research Infrastructures. It addressed the need to establish proper methods for the periodic update on the State of Play of ESFRI Landmarks and to foster their long-term sustainability. It drew from the Pilot Periodic Review Exercise carried out with four Landmarks and in line with the Council Conclusions of 29th May 2018, which mentions ESFRI as the strategic forum to develop a common methodology for monitoring Research Infrastructures, including KPIs to be adopted, on a voluntary basis, by the RIs and stress ESFRI role in the development of the EOSC.

Two members of the RI-PATHS consortium presented during this workshop. Silvia Vignetti from CSIL contributed to the panel on “Definition and harmonisation of RI costs and financial flow needs for RIs through the lifecycle”, discussing feasible ways to look at different RIs, and drawing guidelines for cost estimation of Research Infrastructures. Jelena Angelis from EFIS Centre took part in the panel “Use of KPIs – a useful tool for implementation, operation & sustainability”, which looked into the merits and limits of KPIs and practices and reflections of the different RIs on the use of KPIs.

The results of the workshop will feed into the activities of the ESFRI ad hoc Working Group on Monitoring of Research Infrastructures Performance, also in view of interacting with the European Commission High Level Expert Group on assessment of the progress of ESFRI and other World Class Research Infrastructures towards implementation and long-term sustainability.

The recording of the workshops can be viewed here.

Words by Gaëlle de Meeûs d'Argenteuil, 17th December 2018