How can Research Infrastructures contribute to the research impact of researchers?

A Research Infrastructure offers a variety of opportunities for researchers to increase the impact of their work. By having research data included within the environment of a Research Infrastructure, a researcher can guarantee that his or her data are managed long-term, allowing them to keep being used and, therefore, to remain relevant. Apart from that, by adhering to the standards of a RI, the research data can also become interoperable with the data of other researchers. This enables researchers to – automatically – enrich each other’s data collections, as they now refer to one-another. As a result, researchers can draw conclusions based on a bigger collection of data, which improves the scope of the research or the trustworthiness of the conclusions. As soon as a researcher starts a project, he or she already stands on the shoulders of giants, reaping the benefits of the research data of the peers as well.

Apart from being a digital infrastructure, a RI is – at its core – a network of people and knowledge. Being part of a RI allows researchers to collaborate, to challenge each other’s assumptions, to inspire one another and to share data and insights. An individual researcher can use such a platform as his soap box. Publications, newsletters and website announcements, conferences and workshops, training events, working groups and other on- and offline activities organised by RIs are only some opportunities for researchers to present and share their work or to find like-minded people to set up future collaborations.

The following quotes taken from feedback to several EHRI seminars might give you an impression of a RI as a source of inspiration and a knowledge network:

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To gain a deeper understanding of the possibilities and limits of RIs in boosting research impact, or to learn more about RIs and Standards browse the following resources.

  • Watch Arjan van Hessen (CLARIAH) and Toma Tasovac (DARIAH-RS) reflecting on what RIs can do to enhance individual researchers’ impact and what they cannot do.


As a researcher working in the field of speech recognition, Arjan van Hessen sees two kinds of benefits researchers can derive from a RI. Find out what these benefits are and watch the video!

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Toma Tasovac doubts that RIs are currently in a position to influence an individual researcher’s impact as much as they should. Watch the video to find out the reasons for this opinion!

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  • Watch Steven Krauwer (CLARIN ERIC) and Toma Tasovac (DARIAH-RS) for a deeper understanding of RIs as a knowledge-networks.


What is it that makes a RI appealing to researchers? Find out how Steven Krauwer answers this question and watch the video!

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What does the term Reasearch Infrastructure mean to Toma Tasovac? Watch the video and find it out!

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To learn more about Research Infrastructures and Standards visit the PARTHENOS Training submodule “What are Standards?”, consult the leaflet “Why standards” or get to know the SSK.

  • What are Standards?
  • Why standards?
  • SSK