During the past ten years, CINES historical missions have evolved to encompass the field of long term preservation. The long-term preservation of digital data produced daily is an issue that moves more and more at the heart of current concerns. Also, the last six years have seen the emergence of projects in the public or private sector, in national, European and global level, aimed to develop infrastructure dedicated to the preservation of electronic information.
Among these projects, the CINES aims to give the French scientific and technical community a real service for long-term archiving of digital data, which is now operational.
From this observation, and basing oneself on its expertise in the long-term archiving (Project PAC), CINES initiated the project ISAAC (Scientific Information Archived At CINES). This project aims to provide to the higher education and research community, an electronic archiving service specific to scientific data. The retention period is 3 to 5 years (medium-term conservation).
Isaac is an overall project. It in fact includes all steps of the implementation of a classic IT project (from the definition of functional and technical specifications to their implementation on a production platform), but it also aims to implement an administrative structured organization, involving different actors (researchers, experts in scientific fields, representatives of CINES).