The overall objective of the project is to build a distributed infrastructure on data relevant for research and innovation dynamics and policies. It does so through three complementary channels:
(a) Opening (and developing when needed) datasets on lasting issues that are not covered by the statistical data gathered under the auspices of OECD through the Frascati and Oslo manuals;
(b) Developing open platforms that help in building and treating ad-hoc datasets on research and innovation issues;
(c) Developing freely accessible harmonised references that will facilitate interconnections and integrations between heterogeneous existing datasets.
This infrastructure is freely accessible to European researchers, once they have registered and signed the charter of good practice (accreditation process). In some instances, researchers will be asked to prepare themselves by following training courses that will introduce them to datasets and methodological aspects (see training). In most cases researchers will have to present a project that will be reviewed both by the relevant dataset producers and by the RISIS project review board (selection process). Cost for travel and on site stay (when needed) will be covered by the RISIS project.
The consortium that develops the project is made of 13 members, 7 universities and 6 research institutes from 10 European countries