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Conditor’s objective is to survey and monitor the scientific production of French higher education and research organizations and laboratories.

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Conditor is a multi-partner project supported by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI).

It was set up by the Digital Scientific Library (BSN) and more specifically the BSN3 section which worked on indexing [1]. BSN has evolved to become the Committee for Open Science whose objective is to answer the question of “how to make science as open as possible”. Conditor is henceforth one of the CoSo’s projects.

Conditor also works within the Information Systems research coherency framework.

It was created because of the following observation – there are a multitude of technical and organizational monitoring systems or tools used by individuals, teams, laboratories, organizations, etc., the national archive Hal, open archives and institutional bibliometric databases, a system run by the Observatory of Science and Technologies (OST) which produces national indicators, international indexing databases and archives internationals and so forth. However no-one has a complete overall vision of the production of higher education and research laboratories in France.


This is a joint project involving:

  • Research organizations: CNRS (DAPP, Dist, Inist, InSHS), Inra, Inria, IRD, Irstea;
  • universities: The Universities of Angers, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Paris Dauphine, Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Université;
  • Higher education and research entities: Abes, Amue, CCSD, HCERES (OST, DSI), Huma-Num, IAVFF Agreenium, MESRI RNSR-ScanR.

Pragmatism, complementarity and collaboration between organizations were the rule during the experiment run during 2013. Nine corpora of indexing of 2011 publications were collected for this experiment which demonstrated Conditor’s feasibility and therefore proved the worth of the concept.

The following principles are still part of the phase project officially launched in December 2016 and will remain part of the operational service when it is set up:

  • To use and share data that is available from organizations, open access sources or international bibliographic databases which can be legally used;
  • To gradually organize a system to avoid duplicate entries or monitoring (particularly from the regulatory authorities of the same unit) and therefore achieve true sharing and integration of existing systems and tools.

The project phase will involve a “mechanism” being set up in the first half of 2019:

  • A corpus of metadata describing French scientific production based on a first set of indexing sources which are technically and legally usable;
  • A “set of tools” which are as industrialized as possible for the progressive collection, processing (detection of duplicates, assigning an RNSR code to each French address/affiliation, etc.), professional administration (checking duplicates and uncertain alignments with the RNSR) and the dissemination of metadata to higher education and research partners;
  • The multi-partner organization which it needs to exist and will notably involve a first professional network made up of a group of organizations.

This will enable the pooling and integration process of the different higher education and research systems and tools.


A shared metadata repository

  • Descriptive “bibliographic” metadata from varied sources;
  • An RNSR code added to each “French” address/affiliation as far as is possible;
  • + the organizations concerned with the distinction made between:
    • those present in the source address/affiliation;
    • those deduced from the origins of the indexing (an identified institutional repository);
    • those found and deduced from the RNSR structure which are checked and approved or awaiting approval.
  • Administrative metadata which enables the origins, processing carried out, etc. to be traced.

This pooled repository will be enriched by:

  • Indexing of production not yet described on Conditor;
  • But also the metadata which enables existing Conditor indexing to be completed – for example the fact that a publication is being made available in open access (OA).

Multiple important issues

As well as the enhancement of the quality and completeness of existing ESR repositories, Conditor will encourage sharing of monitoring and surveys within higher education and research particularly thanks to the RNSR.

It will also be a factor which improves the quality of existing higher education and research repositories – a repository only improves if it is used – and contribute to the creation of shared repositories or their semantic interoperability.

Through applications which are supplied with information by Conditor, it will encourage and promote better knowledge of and enhanced visibility for the production of the higher education and research community while enabling the enhancement of the reliability of science indicators.

Finally as Conditor is gradually integrated into higher education and research systems, it will make monitoring and surveys easier for individuals and laboratories for example.

It is however impossible to foresee all future usages because the repository will be enriched by the indexing of production which is not described on Conditor along with metadata which enables existing Conditor indexing to be completed – for example the fact that a publication is being made available in open access (OA).

  • [1] An operation which identifies and describes but also a set of metadata which describes these objects (for example: title, authors, themes, etc.)
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  • To set up a "pooled" repository of quality metadata from French higher education and research or international sources based on the National Repertoire of Research Structures (RNSR) and other repositories selected collectively;
  • To create a well-adapted "set of tools" to construct this repository and supply identified external applications with metadata (collection, reformatting, matching indexing entries, alignment with repositories for enrichment, checking matches and uncertain alignments, dissemination and/or quality alerts);
  • To create the multi-partner organization which the repository needs to exist – a professional network spread out through French higher education and research organizations, an I.T. team and infrastructure and finally a steering structure for the service.
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Responsible for information systems and STI at the DIST-CNRS
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Annie Coret
Responsible for information systems and STI at the DIST-CNRS

After various roles within the Inist, since 2011 Annie Coret is responsible for STI and information systems at the Direction for the Information systems (DIST) of the CNRS.

She is in charge of Conditor, a multipartner project at the border between a research information system coherence framework and STI. Conditor’s objective is to reference the scientific production of French public research.

  • Lucie ALBARET (Université de Grenoble)
  • Francis ANDRÉ (CNRS)
  • David AYMONIN (Abes)
  • Marie-Pascale BALIGAND (Irstea)
  • Yannick BARBORINI (Huma-Num)
  • Nicolas BARTS (IRD)
  • Lesya BAUDOIN (Hcéres)
  • Serge BAUIN (CNRS)
  • Michèle BONTHOUX (Inist)
  • Valérie BONVALLOT (Inist)
  • Laurent CAPELLI (Huma-Num)
  • Xavier CHEN (MESRI)
  • Michèle DASSA (CNRS/INSHS)
  • Thierry DAUTCOURT (Inria )
  • Isabelle DEBANO (CNRS (Dist))
  • Frédérique FLAMERIE (Université de Bordeaux)
  • Claire FRANCOIS (Inist)
  • Marie GARAMBOIS (Sorbonne université/BU)
  • Anne GLANARD (Hcéres (OST))
  • Joanna JANIK (CNRS)
  • Bénédicte KUNTZIGER (CCSD)
  • Maxence LARRIEU (Université d'Angers)
  • Diane LE HÉNAFF (Inra)
  • Ludovic LE NOAN (CNRS)
  • Bruno MARMOL (CCSD)
  • Caroline MARTIN (Inra)
  • Hélène MECHOULAN (Hcéres (OST))
  • Rémy MÉJA (Inist)
  • Catherine MOREL (Inist)
  • François MISTRAL (Abes)
  • Corinne MOURADIAN (Hcéres)
  • Clotilde NICOL (Inra)
  • Claude NIEDERLENDER (Inist)
  • Christine OKRET-MANVILLE (Université Paris-Dauphine)
  • Frédéric OLLAND (MESRI)
  • Jean-Joffrey PARENTIN (Inist)
  • Jérôme POUMEYROL (Université de Bordeaux)
  • Nathalie REYMONET (Université Paris Diderot)
  • Gilles SCOTTO DI CARLO (Amue)
  • Christiane STOCK (Inist)
  • Christine WEIL-MIKO (Inist et Dist)
  • Alain ZASADZINSKI (CNRS (Inist))
Prefiguration group of the business network:
  • Claire BUREN (Inria)
  • Carole CLOSEL (Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3)
  • Célia LENTRETIEN (Université de Nancy)
  • Marie NIKICHINE (Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, BU)
  • Colette ORANGE (Inist)
  • Joël POLLET (Université de Nice)
  • Maxime SZCZEPANSK (Université d'Angers)
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