ISTEX’s steering committee is part of the BSN (Digital Scientific Library), the mixed mutualisation structure (universities, research organizations and Grandes Écoles) set up by the MESR in 2010. BSN is a work programme which is part of the 2012 strategic document on research infrastructures whose main lever for action was the creation of a political steering committee involving major stakeholders in higher education and research to respond to the STI requirements of all researchers whatever their community and status.
ISTEX is driven by four partners: the CNRS, the ABES, Couperin, and the University of Lorraine on behalf of the Conference of University Presidents (CPU). Each partner is responsible for well-defined segments which interact and fit together thanks to the joint executive committee in charge of monitoring the project’s coherency and progress in terms of budget, indicators, etc. This executive committee reports to the BSN Steering Committee which decides whether to approve both the directions chosen in terms of services and the list of resources to be negotiated and also makes sure acquisitions are well-balanced in favour of all higher education and research communities.
BSN also provides ISTEX with the support of its working groups. For example the BSN1 group is in charge of digital acquisitions and worked under the coordination of Couperin to prepare the call to tender from publishers along with the survey of education and research communities’ requirements.
Project partner which is the operator for this function
|Survey of research communities’ requirements||Couperin||Organizations outside Couperin’s scope|
|Evaluation and selection platform resources||Couperin||Organizations outside Couperin’s scope|
|Negotiation and acquisition||ABES||Couperin|
|Managing access and rights||ABES||ISTEX beneficiaries|
|Data hosting and usage||CNRS|
|Development of value-added services||CNRS||Scientific communities|
|Analysis of use and usages||CNRS|
|Research and services||University of Lorraine||Scientific communities, INIST-CNRS|
|Long-term data preservation||CNRS||CINES|