Since 2010, the Delegation for Scientific and Technical Information (DIST) has developed national and international partnerships on the subject of scientific and technical information.
The Delegation for Scientific and Technical Information, in partnership with Inra’s MaIAGE unit, is developing, respectively, two use cases in plant biology and microbial biodiversity with the goal of enriching bioinformatic applications and databases with new information mined from scientific literature, and providing easy access to pertinent scientific articles via the interface of these tools.
The Towards e-infrastructure roadmap for open science in agriculture project, coordinated by Odile Hologne, head of IST at Inra, is a joint venture between Wageningen University and Research (Netherlands), Agroknow (Greece) and the FAO.
What innovative services can an e-infrastructure offer? The Agricultural data through an open and participatory data infrastructure project addresses this question by offering service prototypes. The DIST is taking part in the workpackage on big data and plant phenotyping coordinated by the Mistea joint research unit in Montpellier, France. The three-year project is being carried out by Agroknow (Greece), the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) (Germany), Wageningen University and Research (Netherlands), Italy’s National Research Council (CNR), the University of Athens (Greece), Stichting EGI (Netherlands), and Pensoft Publishers Ltd. (Bulgaria).
International joint endeavours
The DIST is working with international experts to provide and share data on agriculture and nutrition to support innovation and meet agricultural, nutritional and environmental challenges faced by society today.
GODAN – Global open data for agriculture and nutrition
Agricultural technical institutes
As part of the agreement signed between Inra and ACTA, the DIST assists these institutes in developing their IST policy, trains engineers at joint research units in IST, and provides strategic monitoring support.
Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
The DIST also takes part in national projects coordinated by the Committee for Open Science (CoSO) (formerly the Digital Scientific Library (BSN)).
CNRS and Agreenium-IAVFF
The DIST is working with CNRS and other members of Agreenium-IAVFF on digital strategy.
The DIST is a member of EPRIST, an association of scientific and technical information managers working at research centres in the public sector or of public interest.
The DIST represents Inra at the Couperin Consortium, a unified group of post-secondary research establishments working to promote access to digital publications.
In partnership with INIST-CNRS and the LIRMM at Université de Montpellier, the DIST coordinates the Visa TM project, the aim of which is to study the conditions in which high added-value text and data mining services are produced using semantic analysis, for the benefit of researchers. The project receives support from the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) in the framework of the Digital Scientific Library (BSN).