Research Information System

Research information system

The CRIS (i.e. the software PURE®) is hosted by our University Computing Centre. Supported by colleagues from the University Library and the Computing Centre, a team of three experts within the Research Administration Division are responsible for the daily CRIS operations. The CRIS  system is available to all scientists at Kiel University. As regulated  by the “Terms of use”, the central as well as the decentralised administration units may use information from the CRIS, e.g. for research reporting.

These webpages provide abundant information about how the CRIS can be used and how it is operated. If you have any questions or remarks, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Please note: You will need to register to be able to login and use the CRIS. To this end, you need the user id provided by the Computing Centre (suabc123) and the corresponding password.

What is a CRIS?

“Current research information systems (short CRIS) consolidate distributed information from science and administration. In this way, they allow for a structured view of infrastructure and activities within an institution and its sub-organisations. In addition, they offer a data-pool for utilization in additional services, particularly web applications. CRISs can be implemented as specialised  databases or as modular applications, which connect project and publication databases with expert profiles” (translated from Ebert, Barbara et al. (2015). Forschungsinformationssysteme in Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen. Positionspapier. Zenodo. 10.5281/zenodo.14828, S. 7f.).

Information within a CRIS is recorded once and can be reused for different purposes (e.g. applications, reports, CVs, and integration with a website etc.).

Which CRIS-systems exist and which system is in use at Kiel University?

There are numerous CRIS-systems, ranging from applications developed by single provideroperators , over  jointly built open-source-applications, to commercial software. The DINI AG FIS contains diverse articles (in German). These articles are located under the category “Systemwahl”, and offer a glimpse into the multifaceted CRIS-System landscape.

Kiel University employs  the commercial software PURE®, which is hosted at the servers of the university’s Computing Centre.

What is research information and which forms are depicted in the CRIS?

„Research information means information pertaining to research activities, i.e. so-called metadata about projects, publications, published data sets, infrastructures and people/teams“ (Ebert, Barbara et al…(2015)). Research information systems at universities and research institutions - Position Paper of DINI AG FIS. Zenodo. 10.5281/zenodo.14828, S. 7).

Research information can be recorded via interfaces or manually, and in addition it can be interconnected within the CRIS.

Are research data part of the CRIS?

“Research data […] originate from the process of research itself and are similar to full-texts of publications, deposited in specialised  repositories. In CRISs, they are handled like publications (translated from Ebert, Barbara et al. (2015). Forschungsinformationssysteme in Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen. Positionspapier. Zenodo. 10.5281/zenodo.14828, S. 8f.).

This means that our CRIS is neither primarily intended to store full-texts of publications nor to archive research data. Rather, the CRIS records references of such publications, this means research information not research data.

The website Research data management provides more information about research data management at Kiel University.

Which information comprises Kiel University’s CRIS and from where does it originate?

On the one hand, the CRIS contains information on Kiel University and its scientists. Details on the following topic  are transferred into the CRIS on a daily basis


On the other hand, the CRIS can take in a wide variety of research activities information and research results, for example, publications, activities (like organisation of or participation in conferences, memberships, talks etc.), awards, patents, projects, press articles, infrastructure etc.

  • The electronic file systems used by the departments of Technology Transfer and Research Funding are going to be linked to the CRIS in order to provide up-to-date information on patents and projects within the CRIS.
  • The metadata of documents published via MACAU, the university library’s repository, will be imported into the CRIS regularly.
  • Other content and links between correlating entries can be maintained by CAU-scientists at any time. A variety of import sources for publication metadata are available and support this process.
  • Owing to several so-called legacy imports conducted before the CRIS was operational, publication metadata from different sources has been made available in the CRIS. As a consequence of the sources’ nature, scientific subject areas are covered very unevenly.


As a user, you have a personal profile within the CRIS containing an overview of all information connected to yourself.

How did the CRIS-introduction take place?

How is quality of data within the CRIS ensured?

A central aim of the CIR is to provide research information which is as complete and correct as possible. Data on organisations and, as far as possible, on persons are therefor taken from central sources, HISinOne and the employee management system. The University Library checks the publication metadata entered into the CRIS. All personal and related information is visible to the single user. If any corrections, which cannot be conducted by the user his/herself, should be neccessary, please inform the CRIS-team; we will take of the rectification.