A new H2020-funded project, CatRIS has recently been launched with the aim to develop a catalogue of Research Infrastructure (RI) services - CatRIS. CatRIS, which stands for "Catalogue of Research Infrastructure Services", was set up to make available, via an online gateway, information about research infrastructure (RI) services offered in Europe. In its work, CatRIS will align with the ongoing eInfraCentral project, MERIL, various initiatives within the RI community as well as ongoing development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
Cataloguing of RI services is expected to improve visibility of services, foster European and international collaborations, and enhance RI accessibility, usage, and impact.
During the first phase of the project, the consortium analyses existing initiatives and runs an open consultation process to identify current practices and needs in cataloguing RI services, including existing and future users' needs. An online survey on user needs has been launched and is available online.
The survey will remain open until 26 April 2019 and it includes a special set of questions for policy makers and funders.