Below you can find a list of currently ongoing SIS projects. For more information, please follow the links to the respective project websites.

CERN Analysis Preservation (CAP)

CAP has been built as a comprehensive solution for the preservation and description of experimental analysis assets, and is fully interoperable with, and performs a critical function for, the Open Science ecosystem at CERN (together with CERN IT projects such as the CERN Open Data Portal and REANA). CAP is currently operating in beta status for various pilot implementations with all LHC experiments. A CERN-wide launch is planned for 2020.


FREYA is a 3-year project (01.12.2017-30.11.2020) funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program. The goal of the FREYA consortium is to iteratively extend a robust environment for Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) into a core component of European and global research e-infrastructures. The resulting FREYA services will cover a wide range of resources in the research and innovation landscape and enhance the links between them so that they can be exploited in many disciplines and research processes. This will provide an essential building block of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Moreover, the FREYA project will establish an open, sustainable, and trusted framework for collaborative self-governance of PIDs and services built on them.

INSPIRE crowdsourcing

INSPIRE is a partner of the high-energy physics (HEP) community. In the coming months, INSPIRE is coming closer to the HEP community, by enabling researchers to modify INSPIRE content themselves.

INSPIRE integration with HEPData

In the coming months, INSPIRE will investigate community needs on linking papers and author profiles with the produced datasets. The goal is a closer integration with HEPData that would contribute to the bigger picture of the research output.

Library renovation

We plan to refurbish and modernize the Library premises in 2021/2022. Based on the findings of a user survey performed in 2019, we are currently working with specialists in library space management and design to define the future layout of the CERN Library. Once the first results are available, we will share them here.

OA Switchboard

The OA Switchboard initiative is a not-for-profit organisation, created by scholarly publishers, research institutions and funders to standardize the exchange of messaging to confirm OA article eligibility and funding confirmations, etc. CERN has supported the initiative during its initial development and is now one of many launching partners. The OA Switchboard will allow future automation and reporting of OA publication inquiries and as such substantially reduce the manual efforts currently needed to allow OA publication of CERN articles. Please find more information here: 

Open Science MOOC

Open science represents a sociological revolution in modern science, and the revolution is well underway. The CERN Scientific Information Service is partnering with the University of Geneva (UNIGE) in exploring the development of a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Open Science. The MOOC will be built on the foundations of a class taught since 2016 at UNIGE, led by Professor Francois Grey from UNIGE, which familiarizes Bachelor-level students with the challenges of open science through exercises and practical work, as well as by a reflection on the historical and technological changes that have generated this revolution. Through a collaborative approach between CERN and UNIGE, and the engagement of a number of experts from around the world, the MOOC will be organized to provide a comprehensive picture of Open Science, inspiring students with the vision of leaders in Open Access, Open Data, Open Content, Open Software, Open Hardware, Open Methodology or Open Innovation.

SCOAP3 Open Books Initiative

The SCOAP3 for Books pilot aims to facilitate the conversion to open access of relevant existing books and monographs, such as university-level textbooks in HEP and related disciplines like instrumentation, detector engineering and accelerator physics. Titles, that are not yet available in an electronic format, will be digitized as part of this initiative. The results of the procurement process are currently reviewed by the working group and the first books are expected to be available open access later in 2021.

Last modified
21 April, 2021