Announcement: INRIA launches its Open Archive in April 2005



INRIA (The French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control) is about to launch an Open Archive dedicated to its scientific publications. INRIA Chairman Gilles Kahn signed the Berlin Declaration last June and strongly embraces the Open Archive Initiative. He is convinced that such an archive will increase INRIA's scientific visibility and impact, keep track of INRIA's scientific output, and be of use to the whole scientific community.

INRIA's Open Archive is part of the HAL Open Archive, produced by the CCSD (Center for Direct Scientific Communication) of CNRS, originally for physicists. INRIA is now collaborating with the CCSD for the future evolution of HAL [Hyper Articles Online].

A specific INRIA user interface has been configured to facilitate depositing articles and creating metadata by INRIA scientists and librarians. Articles
provided as LateX sources are automatically mirrored into ArXiv. Documents to be archived include mostly submitted or accepted contributions in Conferences and Journals, book chapters, but also tutorials, INRIA Reports, presentations and dissertations. It is also possible to archive the proceedings of conferences organized, chaired or edited by INRIA scientists.

About 2500 INRIA scientists (including PhD students, Post-docs, scientists on secondment, external collaborators) will be strongly encouraged to use HAL-INRIA as a repository for their research. The in house movement in favor of Open Archives has already started and it is well received by most INRIA scientists. Some of them are already using the generic HAL or ArXiv.

HAL-INRIA is the outcome of an internal working group that started in December 2003. Some aspects such as the Archive's perimeter, the moderation process and the role of INRIA librarians still need some refining. The results of this working group will be submitted to a Steering Committee for Scientific Dissemination that will meet for the first time on March 23.