This report presents the results of a research project carried out in 2009 at the University of Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3. Its objective: to evaluate the results of the policy in favour of open archives in France.
Drawn up by Joachim Schöpfel (GERIICO) and Hélène Prost (INIST), the first part of the report, entitled, "Developments", provides detailed figures on the typology, the size and the content of open archives, in comparing 2009 with 2008 where possible. The enquiry is based on a quasi-exhaustive sample of French sites, constituted on the basis of repositories and directories. The data have been gathered online, on each site.
« Our analysis reflects the rapid evolution of free access to research information in France, which is thus positioned at the heart of this movement on the Old Continent. The results of the enquiry paint a contrasted picture, with the special feature of a strongly centralised system surrounded by a dynamic multitude of local initiatives, without real coordination, despite the existence of several actors who could play this role (CCSD, COUPERIN/GTAO, MESR). »
The second part, concerning open archive use, will be published soon.
(Source : Blog INIST).