Just come from a meetingwith MRC representatives and their supplier for the new e-VAL system.
The system looks very good – user-friendly and runs quickly.
The 2011 exercise will run on the existing process cOct/Nov and the new version is expected to be deployed next year.
Other funders could potentially use this system too.
MRC cross references publications with Thomson Reuters (Web of Science) who they work with to verify publications.
We spoke a lot about how to synchronise data with core data stores at research organisations and minimise duplicate data entry and agreed we will continue to discuss such issues.
Discussions between Research Council’s about the holy grail of one system are on-going but it may be some time before we have only one or two systems as there are lots of issues for us to work on together.