With ten new countries joining the EU fold last year, communicating science and research activities to a wider audience raised fresh challenges for the Commission. Now CORDIS, the EU's research and innovation portal, has expanded its daily news service to include a Polish version.
CORDIS, the EU's on-line research and innovation service announced, at a press conference in Warsaw last week, that its daily news would now be available in Polish, the biggest language group of the ten new Member States.
|Have you caught up on the latest EU research news? Now you can in Polish.|
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According to a statement by CORDIS, Polish researchers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, as well as journalists, should benefit from this free, fast and easy-to-access service. It also aims to help boost Polish participation in the Union research programmes and to inform smaller companies, in particular, about the advantages of the knowledge-based economy.
CORDIS – or Community Research and Development Information Service – contains ten searchable databases, such as news, programmes, projects, contacts, partners and results, as well as a comprehensive library of over 86 000 downloadable documents. CORDIS dates back to 1990 and has been accessible on-line since 1994. The service has more than 100 000 registered users in some 170 countries worldwide.
Polishing up the service
On hand at the launch were Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for Science and Research, and Professor Michal Kleiber, Polish Minister of Scientific Research and Information Technology, who both welcomed the addition of Polish to CORDIS' English, French, German, Spanish and Italian news.
User surveys confirm that CORDIS is seen as a key source of news on R&D in Europe. It strives to be an interactive website linking policy-makers, managers and other stakeholders in research and industry. Since the launch of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), in 2002, use of the CORDIS service has doubled. Statistics show that around 250 000 users, collectively, view an average of close to 7 million pages, download over 300 000 documents and receive at least 130 000 personal e-mail alerts.
Other products in the CORDIS family include its monthly focus magazine, interviews with key policy-makers, close ups of EU research projects and breakthroughs, and briefings on major European science issues. Through CORDIS Wire, it also gives access to the latest press releases, success stories and actions in various research fields, such as transport, nano-technology, genetics and more.
Thomas Cranfield, Director of the Publications Office which runs CORDIS, says the new Polish service is proof of their efforts to increase knowledge sharing and dissemination across the enlarged Union, which could help improve the region's overall competitiveness. He said the news service in Polish is just the first step to increase the multilingual dimension of CORDIS' services. The Publications Office's legal information service EUR-Lex is already available on-line in Polish and further services in Polish will be announced later this spring.