The Center for Direct Scientific Communication (CCSD)
works for the researchers’communities and their institutional environment (research organizations, universities). Its main mission is to provide tools, in the respect of open access principles, for archiving and the dissemination of scientific publications and data.
The CCSD has created, develops and manages the HAL open archive, the conference management platform SciencesConf.org and the hosting platform of epi-journals Episciences.org. It is part of a network of national and international partners, stakeholders and operators of scientific and technical information.
Created by the CNRS in 2000, the CCSD has become a service unit (UMS3668) joining INRIA, INRAE and the University of Lyon. It is a major actor in the national policy of free access.