About the research portal

The FRIS research portal you are watching right now is the front office sign of the FRIS (Flanders Research Information Space) programme, run by the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish government. FRIS wants to be a simple, transparent and open platform to make Flemish research information publicly available.

In a simple infographic you will find more information about the FRIS program.

 About the current portal

The data available for consultation are updated every six months. We are momentarily working to create a platform, which can show adaptations in real time.

The research projects and organisations are thematically classified according to the scientific discipline they belong to. For the researchers the science domains in which they are active are mentioned. You can consult the classification schemes in following tables:


Discipline codes.pdf (50.81 Kb)
Discipline codes.xls (67 Kb)

Science domains.pdf (16.59 Kb)
Science domains.xls (18 Kb)

About FRIS

The FRIS programme means a lot more than only the research portal. Currently  we are working at following projects behind the scenes:

New data suppliers

The research portal will be increasingly expanded in the future with content (publications and research output) and possible information providers (university colleges, other research and funding institutions).

Some scientific institutions (University College Ghent (HoGent), Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG), Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research  (ILVO), the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel) are using the software application PURE for managing their research information. For these institutions a user group was initiated, where experiences can be exchanged, needs can be discussed and budgets can be merged and spent more efficiently in order to deliver research information data from their PURE systems to the FRIS research portal.

To a number of smaller intitutions in Flanders, the EWI department offered a PURE environment where they can manage their internal purposes and can offer the same information to the FRIS research portal. Currently, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Department of Culture, Youth, Media and Sport, Arteveldehogeschool and Policy Research Centers are using this platform.

We are guiding also the Strategic Research Centers (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC), Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) and iMinds) for the preparation of a roadmap to supply their research information to the FRIS research portal.

Using international standards

Because FRIS wants to look behind boundaries, we use generally accepted standards. What you can not see at this interface, but which is a very important step forward, is that the data behind the scenes are arranged according to the CERIF data model, a European standard which allows data exchange at the international level. For more details, read here.


Research Information data in Flanders are disseminated among many actors, each with their own systems and way of thinking. Often several institutions are talking about the same kind of information but they express it in a different way or in contrary are using just the same term to express something else. Everyone should continue to speak his own "language", but this must be translated into a common language in order to deliver research information uniformly to FRIS. EWI made a semantic platform available, the Data Governance Center, where the data suppliers can manage their classifications, data models, codes etc and translate into the semantics of FRIS.

Open data

The now completed pilot project RILOD (Research Information Linked Open Data) a), combined the structured research information from the FRIS research portal with unstructured data from the worldwide web (Full text of publications, websites of projects and people) to classify of these unstructured data with an intelligent search engine. As a result, 600,000 Flemish publications are available as open data, momentarily only in a very technical environment. We are currently working hard at visualizations to make these data available in a user friendly way.

Web services

It is impossible to achieve good data quality, when each institution itself is creating and managing data from other institutions. Principally for each part of research information a unique authentic source should be responsible for the quality of this information and exactly this information should be offered in real-time to the other suppliers via web services. A first web service contains the organisational units. Each institution provides its own organisational units and may in return can dispose of the organisational units of the other institutions. The data can also be combined with data from the Enhanced Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (V-KBO). In the future, other information objects will be provided through central web services (eg scientific journals).