The Scientific Information Service (SIS) is a group at CERN, reporting directly to the Director of Research and Computing (RCS). It is organised in 4 different sections, all with a distinct focus area or service.

Organisational chart

SIS Orgchart September 2020

Alexander KohlsJens VigenMarina SavinoAnita HollierTullio BasagliaStella ChristodoulakiKamran Naim



Archive (RCS-SIS-AR)

The CERN Archive is a repository for historical records about all aspects of CERN's activities, from the creation of CERN until the present day. It contains letters, memos, reports, notes and other documents created or received in the course of CERN's work and selected for their long-term historical value. The Archive also houses a collection of books, reprints, correspondence, manuscripts and photographs of the late Wolfgang Pauli (Nobel Laureate, 1945).

The CERN Archive is managed in accordance with international standards to ensure it remains a trusted repository and its contents authentic, reliable and of value to society.


INSPIRE is a trusted community hub that helps researchers to share and find accurate scholarly information in high-energy physics.

INSPIRE is a partner of the community; its services and tools strive to help researchers throughout their career, from idea generation, project building, establishing collaborations, publishing results of any kind (from data, code, slides to the preprints and published articles), and then, in parallel, finding, posting and applying for jobs. We envision that the unique, comprehensive, and accurate information in INSPIRE will help researchers creating their portfolios necessary to apply for jobs, as well as grants.

For the benefit of INSPIRE, the CERN Scientific Information Service is member of ORCiD.

Library (RCS-SIS-LB)

The CERN Library ensures access to a wealth of relevant and up-to-date scientific information: books, conference proceedings, journals, reports, technical standards, theses among others. To meet the needs of the CERN and the high-energy physics community for a 24/7 service, a growing amount of documents are available online.

The CERN Library preserves and showcases CERN's rich and diverse scientific research output, by indexing all articles, books and reports authored by members of CERN personnel.

The CERN Library also trains library apprentices for the Agent en information documentaire CFC and, in 2014, won the prize of the 'Meilleure entreprise formatrice' in the category 'Grandes entreprises'.

The CERN Library is a member of AILIS (co-organizing the Library Science Talks, see poster 2020), Bibliosuisse, IATUL and the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries.

Open Science (RCS-SIS-OS)

The Open Science section promotes the openness, preservation and discovery of high-energy physics (HEP) research. This is currently achieved through three major initiatives: SCOAP3, a global collaboration that supports the Open Access publishing of HEP research in leading journals; CERN Analysis Preservation, an online repository and collaboration platform for CERN experiments; and the FREYA project, a multilateral collaboration working towards building a robust environment for Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) as a core component of European and global research e-infrastructures.

The Section serves functions that are both technical and strategic, working to ensure that CERN remains at the forefront of the global Open Science movement.

As part of its Open Science activities, the CERN Scientific Information Service is member of DataCite and acts and supporter or sponsor of the following initiatives: arXiv, DOAJ, OA Switchboard and SciPost.


  • GL = Group Leader
  • DGL = Deputy Group Leader
  • GAO = Group Administrative Officer
  • SL = Section Leader
Last modified
8 September, 2020