This paper is organised as follows. CERIF (Common European Research Information Format) has a history described in Section 2. Section 3 describes how it is used currently as a datamodel for CRISs (Current Research Information Systems) in several variants in several countries and raises some issues. A Task Group of the euroCRIS organisation (www.eurocris.org) is now the custodian of CERIF ensuring its integrity, flexibility and usability. Section 4 outlines some of the developmental directions for CERIF and discusses the relationship to the original aims and objectives. Section 5 conclude
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