The IST at Inra is led by the Delegation for Scientific and Technical Information, attached to the Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs. Since the beginning of 2017, it has had a Steering Committee (COrIST).
The Delegation for Scientific and Technical Information
The IST Delegation develops the institutional policy, animates the network of IST professionals and manages the IST projects of the institution.
It oversees activities of the 9 skills centres which structure the network of professionals.
Odile Hologne, Head of the Delegation for Scientific and Technical Information
Head of IST, Odile Hologne pilots the adaptation of IST functions to research needs – in particular with a forward-looking management approach to staff and expertise – and oversees the implementation of the IST’s different missions.
An agricultural engineer specialised in economics, Odile Hologne has always held positions at Ministry of Agriculture supervised teaching facilities or research establishments, in computer science, information management, and publishing, with a focus on disseminating knowledge and innovation in these fields.
IST is a support service for open science to access, manage, disseminate, promote and analyse information and knowledge. It has a seven-point mission:
- to help pilot and monitor research activities as part of the Institute’s scientific strategy
- to help advance research through training and boost professional qualifications at the individual level
- to help promote research outputs and facilitate open access to IST in support of innovation, both for publications and scientific data
- to help organise, develop and manage information systems with a documentary component
- to facilitate researcher access to IST and offer innovative services for the analysis of information
- to provide support for scientific projects
- to boost Inra’s international presence
The DIST Unit in Versailles
The DIST Unit in Versailles (DIST UAR 1266) is the primary site where national IST policy is implemented in cooperation with IST areas of expertise. The activities of the different teams working there are national in scope.
IST skills centres
IST, which involves a wide range of specialities and reflects the diverse and rapidly evolving needs of the scientific community, is structured into skills centres, geared to achieving two objectives:
- A professional objective: enhance team leadership and develop resource centres to provide professionals with shared tools and methods, offer training opportunities to enrich and diversify skills, reduce segregation caused by the complex administrative structure still present at Inra.
- A service objective: help develop the range of services offered to research staff by adapting to new needs, create new services based on fully-matured innovation and ensure equal access at all sites.
Nine centres were established to meet challenges identified as high-priority by scientists.
- Research data (Digital’IST)
- Scientific publication and communication
- Local services and library management (KiW’IST)
- Documentary information systems – ProdInra
- Strategic monitoring
- IST technology
Each skills centre is piloted by experts in the field.
The IST Steering Committee
The IST Steering Committee (COrIST) delivers an opinion on future-driven proposals for IST, upstream of their approval by the executive team. The COrIST also takes part in discussions, monitors projects, and transmits information to other Inra directors.
The COrIST is composed of 12 members, eight of whom represent scientific directors, management and support services, and four of whom work directly for IST.