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FRIS is a research portal aimed at curious citizens, businesses, policymakers, journalists and researchers. The FRIS research portal, run by the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) wants to be a simple, transparent and open platform to make Flemish research information publicly available. It is a virtual space collecting all information about publicly-funded scientific research in Flanders. Our team started to is create a website, Open Expertise, that visualizes the data so it’s easy and user-friendly to interpret by the user.

The aim is to create an expert finding tool that makes it easier to find expertise in Flanders. For example, a business could be looking for a researcher who specializes in Machine-Learning: they will be able to find and compare research in that field of study and find contact information in order to start a collaboration with the research institute.

The FRIS research portal will make finding the right researcher for your project easier and more efficient!




  • Node.js v8
  • npm v5.6.0
  • Python3 3.7.0

1. Clone the repository

git clone

2. Install dependencies

For the front-end:

  • Navigate to the Frontend/src folder.
  • run npm install

For the back-end:

  • Navigate to the backend folder.
  • run pip3 install -r requirements.txt.

NOTE: On windows there could be some problems with lxml library. to fix this go to and download the lates version of lxml. than navigate to the downloaded file en run install the file.

pip install 'lxml-4.2.3-cp37-cp37m-win_amd64.whl'


Now you can start running the services :

Run webserver

  • Navigate back to Frontend\src\ and run 'app.js' to launche the website.
node app.js

Run dataserver (Python)

  • Navigate to 'Backend\ and run

Note: if python3 is the default python

  • You also need to create a nat in the firewall (linux command)
iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080
iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING -p tcp --dport 443 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8000

Note: You can also launch the scripts in background, you need to add " &" at the end of the script Note: We used port 8080 for our service

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