The National Documentation Centre, in accordance with its institutional role, produces, records, documents and makes available prestigious scientific research content and data. The electronic infrastructure, combined with comprehensive services, in particular the development of pilot training and support services, is critical to achieving these goals. 

5.1 Main e-Infrastructures

5.1.1 NISRT – National Information System for Research & Technology

Open Access infrastructures –repositories and e-publishing

A national research e-infrastructure, the National Information System for Research and Technology aims to:

• strengthen academic communication

• promote research and innovation

• establish, manage and exploit digital content

• expand open access to research results

• reuse scientific and cultural content

• implement collaborative initiatives in the preservation of digital content and the interoperability of infrastructure, systems and data. at national and international level

With "NISRT - Social Networking & Content" the organisation expanded its activities through partnerships with repositoriesfrom across the country. This expanded the number and type of repositories which now provide access to the digital content of libraries, as well as organisations with grey literature, such as deliverables of projects implemented through public expenditure, while increasing the content provided with open access to all.

As a result, EKT is recognized as an institution with expertise and an influential position in Greece in the areas of open access and digital repositories.

5.1.2 SaaS

An important strategic step for EKT is the development and integration of NISRT as a national electronic infrastructure. This is implemented through the development and provision of modern digital services to a wide range of stakeholders and on a broad scale. These services are based on cutting edge technologies, such as Cloud Computing, especially a Cloud service model known as SaaS (Software as a Service), in conjunction with the adoption of modern business methods.

The purpose is to provide an interoperable open content layer on a large scale  in accordance with international standards, at little cost but with high viability, without the need for technological specialisation of the organisations-users. With these SaaS infrastructures EKT will be able to provide more than 3 million records and to serve more than 70 cultural, scientific and research organisations.

5.1.3 Accumulation of Digital Content

An important area of EKT’s activity, based on its institutional role, is the infrastructures for the accumulation of scientific, technological and cultural content, primarily from the Greek arena.

In this area, since 2011, EKT has been responsible for the development of openarchives.gr (which already contained over 350,000 digital items from more than 55 digital repositories across Greece) and has acquired ownership of the relevant Internet domain. In so doing, EKT has become the operational, management and development organisation of the largest Greek infrastructure for the accumulation of content.

EKT develops the infrastructure of a central archive for the accumulation and search for millions of scientifically documented items from 70 cultural, scientific and research institutions engaged in funded projects.

5.1.4 Interoperability Control Infrastructure

The aim is for EKT to act as a key-organisation for the production and dissemination of eminent Greek scientific and cultural content.

The data quality is directly related to their ability to be technically and legally open and interconnected so that their value is continually exploited. This is ensured through the compliance with interoperability standards of the data through automated mechanisms that enable the certification of the quality of the content. For this reason, EKT develops an automatic certification of minimum standards of interoperability and documentation for specific categories of metadata.

5.2 Metrics Infrastructures

5.2.1 European Research Infrastructures

As a result of targeted and timely strategic choices, EKT has established its position in the European area of research infrastructures.

More specifically, open access digital repositories are considered an important component of the ecosystem of European research infrastructures and, especially, e-infrastructures, with significant associated infrastructure that are financed by respective projects. Having invested early in this domain and by obtaining a comparably high level of expertise, EKT joined the consortium of project OpenAIRE, which developed the first generation of an electronic research infrastructure (digital library with open access to FP7 results).

Furthermore, EKT, through OpenAIREplus, plays a high-level role as liaison with EuroCRIS, for the adaption of the OpenAIRE data model in the EuroCRIS CERIF model and the determination of the specifications for interoperability of individual CRIS systems with OpenAIRE. 

5.2.2 CRIS Systems

EKT’s preoccupation with information management systems for  research activity (Current Research Information Systems - CRIS) has been of great strategic importance, with EKT’s participation in the international organisation EuroCRIS initially as a member (the first Greek organisation to be a EuroCRIS member) and the with an elected representative on the Board of the organisation.

This consolidated EKT’s dominant position as an expert body for CRIS systems in Greece.

 

5.2.3 Infrastructures for the Support of Research Activity Metrics

These studies have been made ​​possible through the establishment of an infrastructure covering procedures, methodologies, systems and tools, including infrastructure for the distribution and visualisation of information.

These studies have been widely published in the Greek academic and research sector and are already a reference point for policy makers in the field of research, while they are considered a source of data for study by the Ministry of Education for the Research System in Greece. The GSRT has appointed EKT to be  the organisation that performs the collection, processing and dissemination of  relevant data for the design of national resesrch and innovation policy  based on real, documented and updated information. This activity is not only extremely important for EKT but also for all of the research and development activity in Greece.

5.3 Internal Support Infrastructures

Tools are used to provide a range of services for EKT’s administrative and organisational units. The benefits obtained concern the following:

• better human resources management

• understanding the cognitive areas of expertise of the human resources and their formal qualifications (EKT’s collaborators and staff registry)

• monitoring the scientific and financial progress of the projects undertaken by adapting the regulatory framework of European and co-funded projects 

• communication with external organisations

• deliverables’ repositories as a single knowledge base for EKT’s projects and activities

The tools allow the gradual standardisation of procedures and the provision of basic services to third parties. As these services mature, they are gradually becoming available as SaaS services to third parties.

5.4 External support infrastructures

5.4.1 Training - Helpdesk

These services relate to the provision of ongoing support and training for optimal use of EKT’s services. Specialised web applications have been developed, in order to facilitate organised distance training (e-learning) and giving support (e-helpdesk) to users. The distance-learning services, contain a wealth of visual aids, such as text with detailed instructions, multimedia presentations on the use of services with narrative descriptions and usage scenarios.

5.4.2 IPR purging

This is the service which supports copyright clearance granted to third parties in order to help simplify the, often, complex, legal procedures for the legal disposal of their digital content.

This service facilitates:

• the best possible, easiest and most effective determination of rights for the collected digital resources

• support for the decision on licensing of resources

• reduction of the risk that may occur due to violations of the law on intellectual property, data protection or other specific provisions relating to the management of digital content

• legal availability of digital content.

5.4.3 Knowledge Base

EKT has produced a valuable amount of information and instructions on:

• standard documentation of digital content

• open metadata and open content

• technical, legal and operational matters related to the promotion and use of digital content and data.

A "knowledge pool" has been created, comprising thematic presentations, guides, reports and explanations to all partner organisations and the general public.