Our latest project in SIRIS Academic has been a tool to explore the number of projects awarded to a given institution between 2007 and 2013 under the European Union seventh framework programme for research and technological development (FP7).
The project is still in beta, but you can check it out here.
The dataset has been downloaded from the European Union Open Data Portal. Given the lack of standardization of the data, part of the SIRIS team spend time with Open Refine finding similar names and identifying similar institution and country names.
The result of the project is a set of coordinated barcharts that allow to compare the number of projects got by an institution per year, type of call and activity area, and also allows to compare data across institution. The barchart have been organized following the structure of the different
A big drawback of the project has been the lack of information regarding the number of researchers per institution, preventing proper comparison among institutions due to the big difference in size. Nevertheless, the project easily allows to search among more than 30 thousand institutions and 174 countries. A follow-up project will help to discover which are the fair comparisons, and therefore, discover the best institutions to be compare with the tool. Meanwhile, do not hesitate to test the FP7 Explorer using the comboboxes to search for name of institutions.