The Centre de cooperation internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), French research centre working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues, has signed a partnership agreement to foster open archives at the Académie des sciences in Paris. By signing the agreement CIRAD has confirmed:
- the support of the principle of open access to knowledge, and
- the commitment to promote its publications via the HAL (Hyper Articles en Ligne), French national open archive.
HAL is a multi-disciplinary open access archive for the deposit and dissemination of scientific research papers, whether they are published or not, and for PhD dissertation. The documents may come from teaching and research institutions in France or abroad, or from public or private research centers.
The agreement was signed by 26 other French organizations.
CIRAD & CIARD, Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
CIRAD is one of the founders of the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) movement, and one of the creators of the CIARD Manifesto: Towards a Knowledge Commons on Agricultural Research for Development.
On national level, CIRAD was one of ten organizations that signed in 2006 an initial national protocol aimed at establishing a coordinated approach to build open archives of French scientific outputs. As a follow-up, to facilitate selective access to its researchers' publications, it developed a specific HAL-Cirad interface.