Collaboration Tools

Large global scientific collaborations are the foundation of CERN achievements. Scientists need to exchange documents, publications, photos, videos and more. They need to meet, physically or virtually to debate and exchange ideas. CERN has expertise in building software tools empowering such collaborations.

CERN's know-how: 

  • Designing scalable multimedia digital repositories empowering collaboration
  • Support for all type of event organization and meeting management for large collaborations
  • Tested open source solutions, offering many features extendable and customizable

Facts & Figures​:

  • Highly scalable digital repository, with over 100 million records
  • Approximately 2.5 million user contributions to the CERN event management system
  • Full multimedia support: Publications, Audiovisual Material, Images
  • 630,000 events to date in the CERN event management system

Value Proposition:

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Key Competences

Software for empowering collaboration: 

Large global scientific collaborations are the foundation of CERN achievements. Scientists need to exchange documents, publications, photos, videos and more. They need to meet, physically or virtually to debate and exchange ideas. CERN has expertise in building software tools empowering such collaborations.

A few specifications:

  • Scalable software supporting large volumes of data
  • Long term data preservation is a key requirement
  • Open source software avoiding vendor lock-in and securing long term future for the software stack
  • Compliance with standards for web content interoperability

Key Applications

Large scale digital repositories:

Software framework for large scale digital repositories. The CERN Document Server, CERN’s institutional repository containing more than 2 million records, including research publications, audiovisual material, images, is powered by INVENIO.

Software service for open science data deposits:

ZENODO is a general-purpose open-access repository developed and operated by CERN. It allows researchers to deposit data sets, research software, reports, and any other research related digital artifacts. Zenodo code is itself open source, and is built on the foundation of the Invenio digital library.

Software for event and agenda management:

INDICO is software for large scale, web-based, multi-platform, conference lifecycle and agenda management. Used at CERN and by all CERN collaborations, it also enjoys a known worldwide install base of over 200 instances.