The Centre for Research and Development Monitoring (ECOOM) of the Flemish Community is an interuniversity consortium of all Flemish universities. ECOOM develops research and development (R&D) and innovation indicators for the Flemish government. The system of indicators provides the basis for funding models and research reporting.
Each of the five different partners in the consortium has its own research assignment within ECOOM. Since 2014, Hasselt University has also coordinated a research package on classification management.
ECOOM-Hasselt is responsible for the development and management of classifications of research output, i.e. publications, research disciplines, funding origins and technology domains in Flanders. ECOOM-Hasselt takes care of the semantics used for each of these classifications, in collaboration with the various stakeholders and taking into account (inter)national trends. The focus lies both on the unambiguous establishment of the meaning of the various classifications and on updating and expanding the existing classifications. This leads to an increased quality of classifications and, via concordance tables, makes an important contribution in the context of administrative simplification of research reporting.
The FRIS portal visualises metadata about research (e.g. publications, projects, ...), which are delivered from the internal databases of various information suppliers (universities, SOCs, ...) in Flanders. In order to display these data correctly and with high quality on the FRIS-portal, it is very important that all information suppliers link the same meaning and interpretation to the supplied data. In this way the Flemish Government can use the FRIS portal quickly and efficiently to answer all kinds of strategic questions and report on research and innovation, thus reducing the reporting burden on the Flemish research institutions.
To increase the quality of the data on the FRIS portal, ECOOM-Hasselt, in close collaboration with the Flemish information suppliers to FRIS, determines the definitions for the metadata fields in FRIS and aligns the practical interpretation of these with the Flemish information suppliers. The ECOOM-Hasselt research focuses on the modeling and describing the metadata on research funding, research infrastructure, research datasets, patents, as well as university rankings.
Flemish Research Discipline Standard (pdf, 1.9 MB)
Rapport Vereenvoudiging van Onderzoeksverslaggeving (pdf, 3.4 MB) (Report on the simplification of research reporting (in Dutch only))