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ISIDORE is an open and global search engine and a discovery tool for researchers and that collects, enriches and highlights digital data and documents from the Humanities and Social Sciences while providing unified access to them. ISIDORE “harvests” - this is the accepted term - records, metadata and full text from electronic publications, corpora, databases and scientific news, accessible on the web and offered in open and interoperable W3C standards. ISIDORE harvests data in French (produced in France or in the French-speaking world), English and Spanish. Once harvested, this information is enriched in three languages (English, Spanish and French) by cross-referencing with professional vocabularies (thesauri, taxonomies). These vocabularies are produced either by the scientific community of researchers (eg.: GeoEthno, Pactols, etc.) or by major institutions in the field of higher education and research like national librairies (with Rameau, LCSH, BNE, Gemet, Lexvo, GeoNames, etc.). Multilingual enrichments allow data to be linked together and indexed for the search engine and avalaible on the Linked Open Data in a RDF triplestore. This information is entry points to the full text, which is also indexed when possible.

It also offers scientific social network functionalities. As such, it falls into the category of search engines and assistants and offers many features to organize scientific monitoring with :

  • collect, classify and organize the documents found;
  • gather all their scientific production in order to edit it in a personal profile page;
  • follow the productions of colleagues;
  • record and publish queries and their results for monitoring purposes;
  • create bibliographies that can be exported to Zotero.

ISIDORE is part of the long tradition of open documentary tools made by the SSH for the identification of data sources, be they textual, audiovisual, serial or - since the massive arrival of digital data - complex and hybrid. The importance of citability and of guaranteeing access over time to documents, publications and research objects is particularly crucial in the digital medium, as the Web evolves every day and changes regularly. Multidisciplinary access and the need to reuse research data require powerful tools for data identification and description corresponding to the paradigms of SSH.

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The SSH Open Marketplace is maintained and will be further developed by three European Research Infrastructures - DARIAH, CLARIN and CESSDA - and their national partners. It was developed as part of the "Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud" SSHOC project, European Union's Horizon 2020 project call H2020-INFRAEOSC-04-2018, grant agreement #823782.