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TUTCRIS showcases the University’s research

TUT has adopted the TUTCRIS portal as a showcase for the research conducted at the University. The portal provides up-to-date information on the activities of researchers and research groups, including their publications, projects and merits.

Timo Laaksonen

 

Associate Professor Timo Laaksonen finds TUTCRIS a convenient way to keep one’s records up to date.

 

TUTCRIS is TUT’s new research portal that displays the University’s scientific activities in real time.

“The public TUTCRIS portal allows anyone to explore the research carried out at TUT. The portal contains profiles of the research staff and research units as well as information on the latest publications and projects,” Research Information Specialist Yrjö Lappalainen from TUT lists.

“Users can browse publications based on the field of science or the research unit, for example. The portal allows viewing open research publications and downloading online versions of doctoral dissertations.”

The same system has been used at the University of Helsinki and Hanken School for Economics for several years. Aalto University and the University of Lapland have also recently adopted it.

Visibility for researchers

I believe that an updated database portal is a more trustworthy information source than an individual researcher’s own website.

 

The new research portal increases researchers’ visibility. It serves as the staff’s public portfolio in which users can find the latest publications and activities, along with the employees’ contact information and other information on their activities and expertise. The system also serves as the University’s open publication archive. What’s more, the system features a CV tool that allows researchers to maintain their up-to-date CVs.

Associate Professor Timo Laaksonen, who came to TUT from the University of Helsinki, became accustomed to using the system in his former position. He finds it a convenient way to keep one’s records up to date.

“I intend to continue using the system as a public advertisement for my research. It also allows finding my most recent work with open search engines, such as Google, where my page is usually topmost on the search results list. Keeping the information updated has been really easy and it does not take all that much time,” says Laaksonen, who studies nano- and biomaterials at the Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering.

“I update my CV as needed and add it on my profile page. Then, in the project search, I add a link to my public profile in my contact information, so that the evaluators can access up-to-date information on my publications and other merits. I believe that an updated database portal is a more trustworthy information source than an individual researcher’s own website,” he continues.

Reliable reporting

The diverse reporting features of the TUTCRIS system facilitate the work of researchers, the support services and the University management as regards the presentation, reporting and assessment of the operations.

“For example, the publication information reported to the Ministry of Education and Culture is gathered through TUTCRIS,” Yrjö Lappalainen notes.

What makes reporting easier is that the information in the system is constantly up to date. The library imports TUT-based publication information into the system through a centralized process which involves automatic collection from the Web of Science and Scopus reference databases. The basic information for the researchers, research units and projects is also imported automatically from the various information systems used at TUT.

Text and photo: Sanna Schildt

 
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