Created by CNRS in 2000, the Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe (CCSD) is a combined service unit (UMS3668). Its main objective is to provide the higher education and research community with the tools needed to archive, disseminate and capitalise on scientific publications and data.
With the creation and development of HAL, it has played a central role in the national coordination of open archives since the inter-institution partnership agreement signed in 2013 by the Agence de Mutualisation des Universités et Etablissements (AMUE)*, the Conférence des Présidents d’Université (CPU)**, the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE)*** and 22 other institutions.
CCSD and its role in the Bibliothèque Scientifique Numérique (BSN – Digital Scientific Library)
- BSN 4 Open access : CCSD co-manages this segment. BSN 4 work led to the drafting and signature of the HAL partnership agreement
- BSN 3 Description of resources
- BSN 6 Long-term archiving
- BSN 7 Public scientific publishing
- BSN 9 Training, skills, usage
- BSN 10 Research data
The objectives of the unit
Developing open archives for all research output and offering free, open access, fostering the visibility and circulation of scientific and technical information
Collating and interconnecting institutional open archives around HAL, ensuring interoperability between its data bases and those of its partners
Ensuring the longevity of all the data collected by protecting repositories and long-term archiving
Connecting the HAL open archive with the main international themed open archives, such as arXiv, PubMedCentral, etc..
Developing computerised tools for researchers and scientific communities to facilitate all forms of direct scientific communication
Providing national computer services, notably participating in the creation of the listings required to identify French scientific output and the automatic updating of administrative data bases
Participating in all French and international initiatives regarding open archives, particularly European ones
*AMUE : Universities and Schools Joint Agency – ** CPU : University Chancellors Conference – *** CGE : Grandes Ecoles Conference.