ISTEX, the Investment in the Future, is more than a library: certainly it has all the characteristics of such as it offers the retrospective digital archiving of Science, but far beyond this, the ISTEX project is intended to offer all the means currently available of consultation and analysis in all scientific communities. The executive board of ISTEX brings together all the skills needed for innovation in the analysis and sharing of all the major fields of knowledge: the Bibliographic Agency of Higher Education (ABES), the Academic Consortium of Digital Publications (Couperin1), and the University of Lorraine acting on behalf of the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), working hand in hand with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Thus, the resources are assembled, projects defined, and services organised, giving the ISTEX project a hitherto unseen added value in the ever growing field of major digital archives. Research is undoubtedly the irreplaceable key to this development. Surrounding LORIA, ATILF is in the highly competent hands of Jean-Marie PIERREL, University Professor. The national scientific teams concerned by the analysis of scientific corpus are working continuously on the definition of the services that will allow “a better sharing of knowledge” when ISTEX will be in operation. On behalf of all the ISTEX executive committee, I would like to wish the Investment in the Future Commission all the best, and thank it from all the team involved in this innovative project, which will bring to all research communities the perspectives and tools of a major multi-use platform open to the future.
Head of the ISTEX project
Director of Scientific and Technical Information in the CNRS