Working Groups

Working groups led by the CCSD

The CCSD leads several working groups involving HAL users, aiming to reflect together on the evolutions of the services.

HAL new webdesign

Status: ongoing

Goals: the project aims to make the user experience on HAL easier. It consists in redesigning HAL interfaces in order to improve the global user experience.

Project leaders: Yannick Barborini, Isabelle Guay

Contractor: design agency Atelier Universel


The project consists of two phases:

Phase 1

The first phase focuses on the researcher’s user experience, comprising the creation of an account, the deposit form, and the overall clickstream from the homepage to the deposit form.

This phase involved a sample group made up of researchers and lecturers from various scientific fields.

Phase 2

Monitoring group: N. Alarcon (Casuhal), V. de Lavenne (ADBU), A. Raymond-Denise (EPRIST)

This phase focuses on administration pages: portal administration, collection management, user management, deletion of ducplicates, check of deposits.

For this user sprint, a sample group made up of HAL users with various profiles and administration rights was created and individual interviews were conducted:

  • Users with portal administration rights only;
  • Users with portal administration rights and at least one other role;
  • Laboratory points of contact keeping their collection website up to date and checking and cleaning up deposits connected to their structure
For each phase:
1. Diagnosis Sprint

Examining things as they are from all sides, indentifying the critical points for the user, and offering work leads

2. User Sprint

Identifying the needs, stakes and specificities of the users

3. Design Sprint

Agile design and revision of HAL and connected services

4. Detailed Design

Detailed design of all pages

5. Iteration et dialogue with the developers

Handover of the design to developers and monitoring to ensure the quality of the end product


Phase 1 (researcher’s user experience)

January 2019: Guidance

March 2019: User Sprint

April 2019: Design

January 2020: Detailed conception and integration

Last quarter of 2021: In the process of integration

Phase 2 (administration pages)

September 2020: Guidance

December 2020: User Sprint

April 2021: Design

September 2021: Detailed conception

2022: Integration

Evolution of document typology in HAL

Status: ongoing

Goals: make recommendations for an evolution of the document typology, common to all the users of HAL, all the while matching the values of the archive, namely:

  • fulltext of scientific documents,
  • easy deposit,
  • interoperability.

Project leader: Agnès Magron

Participants: Brigitte Bidegaray-Fesquet (Casuhal), Michèle Dassa (INSHS-CST Ribac), Francine Delmas (EPRIST), François Donzel (CCSD), Sandrine Mouret (ADBU), Clothilde Nicol (INRAE)

Documents & productions

Proposal of a new typology

The working group recommends a two-tiered list – a generic document type that the user must choose according to the existing logic – and more precise document sub-types, which are optional: the users can choose it only if they wish to qualify the publication more precisely (in italics in the list below). The technical issue of development will obviously condition the integration of this typology at two levels.

Read the report (PDF file, French only)

journal article
review article
data paper
book review
conference paper
conference poster
conference proceedings
thematic/special issue of a journal
critical edition
synthesis book*
dictionary, encyclopedia
book chapter
blog post
encyclopedia ou dictionary entry
other type
preprint/working paper
working paper
research report
technical report
report to funding agency
expert appraisal report
data management plan
doctoral thesis


*translation to be confirmed


1. Inventory of the current list of types of documents in HAL, their interoperability (with ORCID, display of the data in the triplestore)

2. Census of the requests of users (support tickets, gathered by the members of the working group)

3. Comparison with existing international lists (COAR, ORCID, Hcéres, Zenodo)

4. Formulation of a list of criteria


September 2020: start of the work

March 2021: presentation of the draft report

April-may 2021: report open to comments

September 2021: technical study (internal CCSD)

Participation in working groups

The CCSD staff also take part in work groups lead by other institutions and organisms, on various topics in the Open Science field.

Repository and Services Interoperability Project

Launched in january 2021, the aim of this project is to develop a standard and interoperable approach that will link reviews and endorsements from different services with the research outputs housed in the distributed network of preprint servers, archives, and repositories.

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Publications College

The Publication college deals with communication and discussion of research results, and this in all their forms. Its objectives are t:

  • Initiate actions identified by the research communities or specialists;
  • Shape or make shape actions pursuant to the political orientations and decisions relayed by the CoSO;
  • Give an opinion about the different subjects submitted to CoSO within its field of skills;
  • Follow the activity of the project groups arising from its field of skills.

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Preprint Platforms project group

The Open Science Committee is carrying out a study on preprints platforms, as part of the Publications College.

The objectives of this working group are to:

  • provide researchers from all disciplines with a decision support application helping them to make a choice;
  • inform them about the main characteristics of these platforms and, qualitatively, their degree of openness – in the sense of open science;
  • list the services and tools used by these platforms (formatting of manuscripts, peer-review, publication formats, etc.) or which may contribute to their development;
  • ensure an international distribution and audience for this application.
Open scientific Publishing work group

The purpose of the Open scientific Publishing permanent group is to:

  • Build and organise the community of public stakeholders around open and sustainable digital scholarly publishing activities;
  • Contribute to identifying and fostering new editorial models, from the peer reviewing process to distribution, in line with opportunities of the digital economy and the needs of research and society;
  • Certify activities which promote knowledge sharing, the use, distribution and preservation of contents (best practices, recommendations and guidelines);
  • Promote studies, produce analytical notes for the Ministry, universities and research organizations, as well as for other stakeholders about the development of open scholarly publishing;
  • Draw up proposals and support actions which help the research community to regain control over its intellectual property of published writings and contents;
  • Design effective infrastructures for regaining control over publishing workflows, especially by networking stakeholders, operators, university presses and learned societies, empowered to control their workflows and intellectual property on publications.

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Publication and Self-Archiving Policies working group

The objectives of the working group are to define and implement a new strategy to increase the visibility of French publishers’ policies for the dissemination of articles published in their journals and to accompany the necessary evolution of these policies. The main lines are:

  • To rethink how French journals’ publication policies are collected, formatted and distributed in terms of the dissemination of articles and deposits in open archives ;
  • To give these policies international visibility in partnership with the JISC and the Sherpa Romeo service;
  • To steer the implementation of a new operational mechanism which the Mir@bel network has been asked to run;
  • To ensure that journals and their publishers are supported in this transition;
  • To study the right mechanisms to automate the exchange between publishers and open archives of metadata associated with published articles.

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Open Archives working group

The Open Archives working group, within the Open Science working group, focuses on technical specifications and recommendations for operating an open archive. It also works with the esPARSE/ezMESURE team on open archives statistics, standardising them to enable comparison.

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PID Policy and Implementation

The task force on PID Policy and Implementation is one of the advisory groups established by the EOSC Association. Its objectives are to make recommendations to the EC for the integration of PID services in the EOSC ecosystem, its implementation and test.

Task Force Charter:

Scholarly Infrastructures of Research Software

The Task Force on Scholarly Infrastructures of Research Software, as part of the Architecture WG of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Executive Board, has established a set of recommendations to allow EOSC to include software, next to other research outputs like publications and data, in the realm of its research artifacts. This work is built upon a survey and documentation of a representative panel of current operational infrastructures across Europe, comparing their scopes and approaches.

This report summarises the state of the art, identifies best practices, as well as open problems, and paves the way for federating the different approaches in view of supporting the software pillar of EOSC.

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Open Science Strategies

The Open Science Policy Committee has the objective to:

  • Identify emerging and analyse existing policies regarding Open Science;
  • Analyse and assess open science business models relevant for the OpenAIRE communities;
  • Carry out/ commission studies about Open Science policy emerging trends;
  • Identify innovative services, tools and business models to serve open science.

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Services and Technologies Standing Committee

The objective of the Services and Technologies Steering Committee is to provide the strategic framework necessary in order to define, assess, expand, maintain and improve the OpenAIRE services and enhance their interoperability with international, national, regional, and sub-regional services.

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Training & Support

The Training and Support Standing committee develops training strategy and monitors and measures training operations. It identifies areas of training that are of strategic importance and priority for the OpenAIRE communities; provides train-the-trainers as a service for all interested; and collaborates with the global open science and open scholarly communication training and education communities.

It also contributes to building open science skill sets and provides strategic guidance with regards to the production of learning material, modules and open educational resources, based on regional, national or local contexts.

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Tools and Platforms Special Interest Group

The Special Interest Group Tools and Platforms works on emerging practices and needs in the use of tools in Open Scholarly publishing: peer review, authoring, publication and dissemination. It provides a common approach and criteria for choosing tools, list of relevant tools detailing features and functionalities. The groups works on the current needs of the partners, and provides a watch on observed trends.

Documents & productions:Barthonnat Céline, Blotière  Emilie, Gingold Arnaud, Mas François-Xavier, Stanić Nikola, Pierno Alessandro, Szulińska Agnieszka, Armando Lorenzo, Pochet Bernard, de Santis Luca, MacGregor James, Pozzo Riccardo & Pogačnik Aleš. (2021). OPERAS SIG on Tools for Open Scholarly Communication: White Paper 2021. Zenodo.

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Groupe de travail API ORCID

This working group gives a technical support and helps the members of ORCID France community and organisations willing to join with ORCID API.

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Réseau Médici

Steering Committee

Médici is a cross-disciplinary and cross-organisations network, gathering the French community of public scientific publishing professionals.

It stems from the first actions carried out by EDSH network, that gathers stakeholders in humanities publishing. By spreading to all scientific fields and reaching beyond the CNRS, Médici involves any participant in a publishing chain, no matter their affiliation.

The network aims to:

  • Lead a global action to collect knowledge and technics specific to the public scientific publishing sector, and to share them widely;
  • Create training intitatives;
  • Give structure and unity to the community of public scientific publishing professionals.

Find out more: Twitter @Reseau_medici