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National Information System for Research and Technology (NISRT): 'Social Networks and User Generated Content'

The wider environment, in which NISRT runs today, is marked by major developments in the world of technology. Recently introduced web 2.0 applications pose new opportunities and challenges for the production and dissemination of research data and scientific information. Networking applications that enable collaborative production of digital content and social networking have already been integrated into research activity, scholarly communiation and educational process around the world.

The integration of web 2.0 environments in the project's web services is a current priority for NISRT. In this direction, networking services, applications and technological environments being developed in NISRT, empower users not only with the opportunity to search for reliable scientific content, use it and reuse it, but also with a range of software tools and knowledge to produce digital content, accumulate it and disseminate it in NISRT’s portal.


NISRT today:

Leverages open source technologies to provide free access to digital information of scientific, cultural and educational interest.

Enhances the existing electronic infrastructures –repositories, e-publications, digital libraries, e-journals etc – both in quantity and in scope.

Develops specialized search engines, facilities and services for digital repositories and libraries.

Designs the Greek version for Current Research Information Systems (CRIS).

Explores the strategic integration of web 2.0 applications in research and education.

Incorporates in the existing research e-infrastructure, new software tools that enable personalized services for digital libraries, electronic publishing (e-publishing) and supports  a number of repositories.

Synchronizes technologies for the dissemination of scientific output and research data with emerging international standards that guarantee interoperability with relevant national and European research e-Infrastructures.

Provides services and strategic advice with a high degree of security and flexibility. 

Applies the principles of green IT (Green IT) in computing and operates at the lowest environmental cost.

Organizes its presence in the most popular social networking applications with an aim to provide users with a range of alternative ways to actively participate in the project’s initiatives and actions. 



EKT and Green IT

• 7 virtual servers running
• By 1,27 KW lower power consumption
• Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE): 2,11
Estimated since 2008:
• 1.247,51 fewer tones of CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere
• By 1.247.511,14 KWh lower energy consumption