Wat is METIS ?

METIS is a research information database system on the World Wide Web, which enables universities, organizational units within universities, research institutes, research groups or individual researchers to on line register information about their research and to make this information worldwide available in a multitude of ways.

METIS is suited for both research management and information supply purposes.

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research project leaders will find METIS a detailed instrument for the planning and control of their project(s);

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a university or institute manager will be able to derive from METIS the management information tables and overviews necessary for the periodical evaluation and monitoring of the research activities within the institution, while

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an individual researcher will mainly use the system for the worldwide exposure of his personal research activities and their outcomes

Among others, the following information can be registered and communicated by means of METIS :

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Full description of the content (field, aims, methodology...) of the research

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Data on the research groups or institutes involved in the research

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Information on individual researchers participating in the research

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Detailed information on the output (publications) of the research, including an abstract for each publication

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Data on the research input, in terms of full time equivalents (f.t.e.) and/or men year equivalents (m.j.e.)

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Information on the funding of the research

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The organizational structure of the research

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etc...

The fact that METIS is a relational database system on the web means that all these items can be combined and linked with one another, so that a user of METIS, for instance when consulting the description of a research project, immediately can switch to the data about the researchers participating in the project, and next - for every individual researcher involved - can switch to his/her other research activities, publications etc... Given the nature of the WWW and of relational databases the possibilities for combining and linking information are plentiful.

Obviously, METIS offers its users ample control over the registration of the information and the way it is presented, among which the possibility to hide information of a confidential nature from the general public (for instance data on the budget provided by funding agencies).

METIS is used by all Dutch universities. The University of Twente offers the following three METIS modules:

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Data entry & control: a module for recording and updating data in the system; both the basic descriptive information, concerning the content and structure of the research and the involved units, as well as the in- and ouput data for each research activity.

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Personal Metis module: aimed at the individual researcher, and among other things allowing the latter to enter his/her proper publications directly in the database.

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Metis Plus: a module as Personal Metis but suitable for all user groups; using this module, data can be registered, changed and be consulted.