CERIF - the Common European Research Information Format

Main features of CERIF

CERIF 1.6 with detail at

Model Information

E-E-R diagram

CERIF is a European Union Recommendation to Member States (i.e. a standard). CERIF91 (1987-1990) was quite like the later Dublin Core (late 1990s) but was tested and found to be inadequate. CERIF2000 (1997-1999) used full enhanced entity-relationship (EER) modelling with Base entities related by Linking entities with role and temporal interval (i.e. decorated first-order logic). In this way it preserves referential and functional integrity. In 2002 the European Council requested euroCRIS to maintain, develop and promote CERIF. There are commercial CERIF systems, two of which were bought by Elsevier and Thomson-Reuters to include CERIF in their products.

Projects Using CERIF

ENVRIplus a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures across Europe

WP 8 – Data curation and cataloguing

The VRE4EIC proposal was submitted to H2020 call EINFRA-9-2015 ‘e-Infrastructures for virtual research environments (VRE)’. VRE4EIC is now a H2020-funded project that aims at developing a Europe-wide Interoperable Virtual Research Environment to Empower Multidisciplinary Research Communities and Accelerate Innovation and Collaboration



Keith G Jeffery, Anne Asserson, Nikos Houssos, Valerie Brasse, Brigitte Jörg ‘From Open Data to Data Intensive Science through CERIF’ Proceedings CRIS2014 Rome May 2014 Elsevier Procedia Computer Science 01/2014; 33:191-198 available at http://dspacecris.eurocris.org/handle/11366/190

Use in EPOS (European Plate Observing System)

Daniele Bailo, Keith Jeffery: ‘EPOS: A Novel Use of CERIF for Data-intensive Science’ Procedia Computer Science 01/2014; 33:3–10.  DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2014.06.002

available at http://dspacecris.eurocris.org/handle/11366/185

Use in Melodic Big-data Cloud

MELODIC is a European Union-sponsored project to develop a multi-cloud management platform


PaaSage Project (2012-2016) addressed the overall objective to develop a model-based cross-cloud development and deployment platform.

  1. Jeffery and L. Schubert, "PaaSage," in IEEE Cloud Computing, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 60, 2017.
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Peter Doorn, Ely Dijk “Connecting research data, current research information and publications”

10th euroCRIS Strategic Seminar: “Horizon 2020 and Beyond” (Brussels, Sep 10-11, 2012)

Available at https://dspacecris.eurocris.org/handle/11366/293

CERIF LD Research Papers

Research Data Alliance Metadata Interest Group

Metadata Element Set proposed by the Metadata Interest Group:  https://rd-alliance.org/groups/metadata-ig.html

By each element is a link to the google doc with comments and revisions suggested by reviewers.  The folder for all elements is here.