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Isidore is a platform of search allowing the access to digital data of Humanities and Social Sciences. Open to all and especially to teachers, researchers, PhD students, and students, it relies on the principles of Web of data and provides access to data in free access (open access).

Isidore is a realization of the great infrastructure of research Huma-Num (CNRS, Aix-Marseille University, Campus Condorcet). A market of realization was entrusted to a consortium made up of companies Antidot, Sword and MONDECA in 2009 and 2010.

What are we putting in place?

The platform of search Isidore differs from traditional search engines in many ways:

  • Targeted harvesting of metadata and scientific data structured according to international and available standards in free access on Web;
  • Indexing of unstructured data (full text of a scientific article, for example) and of structured data (documentary metadata, for example);
  • Standardization of metadata and enrichment of the data resting on vocabularies recognized in the community;
  • GUI of search exploiting the wealth of structured data and vocabularies to make the user an actor of his search;
  • Highlighted of sources of indexed data;
  • Provision, according to the possibilities and the agreements with the producers of data, of metadata enriched by the engine according to the principles of semantic web (SPARQL endpoint);
  • Possible integration of the search engine Isidore in another environment by the provision of Web API.
    To do so, this platform of search uses different ways to harvest the data, so-called connectors:
    • harvesting of metadata and data of repositories OAI-PMH;
    • Retrieval of latest news : Calenda, Fabula, CNRS, MSH, University of Arts and Social Sciences (RSS, ATOM);
    • Indexation targeted of web pages stemming from Web of data ( RDF)

To date and for the opening in April, more than 800 sources of data and metadata are harvested. The harvesting can be incremented in suitability. These various connectors allow the retrieval of a set of metadata and constitute entry points towards the complete text who is also indexed when it is possible.

The re-exposure of the enriched metadata follows, in turn, the principles of Web of data claimed by the movement of provision of public data as (USA) and (UK). As such, the platform of search Isidore contributes widely at this movement for the research in social sciences in France. In addition to a guarantee of transparency of the actions made by the engine to help in the search, this component is essential, because, more than of simple search interfaces, ISIDORE, offers due to this feature, the means to the whole community to enrich constantly its own data.

Furthermore, on, the interfaces of search offer the possibility to extend and complete his search by responses from major bibliographic catalogs, such as those of the ABES for example, or BNF. It is possible to add bibliographic catalogs.

Due to his vocation, Isidore will favor the access to data in free access (open access) produced by research organizations and higher education, laboratories, research teams: electronic publishing, documentary databases, funds digital research library, research notebooks, announcements of scientific events.

From the beta-test version to the version 1

From December 2010 to March 2011, Isidore was launch version, adjustment and testing. We since April 2011 version 1, but we continons improve Isidore daily; In this context, we encourage you to let us know of bugs and problems you see over your discovery of Isidore by email:


Since 2009, the TGE Adonis, today merged into Huma-Num, has put on-line several technical guides of good practice, one of which is dedicated to Isidore. This guide will help you understand how Isidore harvests metadata and data and it will tell you what open standards are compatible with Isidore. This guide, free, online access is updated regularly (at least once per year).

Download the guide here


Isidore can be interrogated through the OpenSearch technology and plugins windows and mac.


Publication Director : Olivier Baude (Director of Huma-Num)
Contracting Owner : Huma-Num
Providers : Antidot ; Mondéca ; Sword
Project director : Jean-Luc Minel (Professeur des Universités, université Paris Ouest, Nanterre la Défense), Stéphane Pouyllau (ingénieur de recherche au CNRS)
Information officer : Laurent Capelli (CNRS) ; Adrien Desseigne (CNRS) ; Charlotte Faure (CNRS)
Project manager : Laurent Capelli (ingénieur de recherche au CNRS)
They worked in the team : Yannick Barborini, Philippe Correia, Loic Comparet, Jean-Baptiste Génicot, Shadia Kilouchi, Yannick Maignien, Benoit Habert, Gautier Poupeau
Creation of Isidore's logo : Jean-Marc Dumont (L'ENDROIT)


ISIDORE's realization was financed thanks to the economic stimulus package of the government.


General questions :
Propose databases, news, catalogs :
Add vocabularies :