Discovering CORDIS – Europe’s Gateway to Innovation and Research


CORDIS stands out as the primary repository of information for the European funded research and innovation. It traces back to the early European Commission’s Framework Programmes and is the key resource for in-depth details on EU-funded research projects. However, CORDIS is far more than a mere database; it is a vibrant platform combining research data with editorial content, including articles, news, and blogs.

Easy Access to a Wealth of Information

CORDIS extends beyond the boundaries of its website and functionalities. In line with the strategic objectives of the Publications Office of the European Union to enrich and interconnect European research information, CORDIS has evolved into the domain of Linked Open Data (LOD) through the EURIO Knowledge Graph (KG).

The EURIO KG transforms how you can access and analyze information. Through a simple yet powerful tool called the SPARQL endpoint, anyone can embark on a journey from straightforward searches to complex queries. This is not just about finding data; it’s about discovering the stories and semantic connections between different research endeavors.

Simplifying the Complex

The EURIO KG streamlines the exploration of EU-funded research, offering a direct path to key information and trends for researchers and policymakers. Using its SPARQL endpoint, it provides a simplified yet effective mean to access and understand research connections, aiding users in quickly identifying relevant findings and insights within European research.

Have you ever wondered how AI is shaping up in Greece?

Let’s visit the EURIO SPARQL endpoint or use a free SPARQL frontend to experiment on the EURIO Knowledge Graph.

To start, we need to find the relevant URIs—Uniform Resource Identifiers, essentially the web addresses for specific data points within the Knowledge Graph. But how is “AI” represented within this vast network of information?

CORDIS uses the EuroSciVoc taxonomy—a comprehensive classification system for science fields – to categorise projects. To pinpoint AI projects, we query the KG for the EuroSciVoc concept tagged with “artificial intelligence.”

Click on image to run the query
Click on image to run the query

We’ve now pinpointed the EuroSciVoc concept crucial for identifying AI projects: euroscivoc:4c8f4b46-6f5c-41d9-9079-7de85c16431d. But our exploration doesn’t end here. To gain a deeper understanding of AI research in Greece, we must also consider the geographical aspect, which brings us to the NUTS classification —a hierarchical system to divide up the economic territory of the EU. For Greece, this is represented by the code nutscode:EL.

With these key identifiers in hand, we are now equipped to dive deeper into the landscape of AI research in Greece. Our next step?

Employ the previously obtained URIs in a SPARQL query. This query sorts the organizations based on the count of their AI projects.

Click on image to run the query
Click on image to run the query

Having identified the leading organizations in AI research within Greece, EURIO KG takes us a step further with detailed information about each organization, including but not limited to their legal names, VAT numbers, and website URLs. This level of detail not only highlights the breadth and depth of information available through EURIO KG but also underscores its potential as a pivotal research tool.

Let’s narrow our focus to a beacon of innovation in Greece: “ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS” (National Centre for Research and Technological Development), with the unique identifier org:c08eeef1-a760-3495-87dd-dcaeb673fee4. By concentrating on this single entity, we can explore not only the AI projects they’re involved in but also the broader impact of their work through associated publications in AI.

Click on image to run the query
Click on image to run the query

The query gathers detailed information about each publication, such as the title, Digital Object Identifier (DOI), the authors involved, and the publisher. This level of detail paints a complete picture of the organization’s contributions to the AI research domain.

Looking Ahead: The Bright Future of CORDIS

The introduction of the SPARQL endpoint is just the beginning of a journey towards making research data accessible, interactive, and impactful. As we sail into the future, CORDIS, powered by the EURIO Knowledge Graph, is more than ready to serve as a lighthouse for innovation and collaboration in European research.

Since August 2023, our collaboration with the CORDIS project team, alongside our partners SIMAVI Software Imagination & Vision and Altia , as well as our subcontractors Thomas Francart and Datoptron , has been a journey of shared vision and commitment towards that goal.

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