The Scientific Information Service (SIS) is a group at CERN, reporting directly to the Director of Research and Computing (RCS). It is organised in 4 different sections, all with a distinct focus area or service.

Organisational chart

SIS Orgchart April 2021

Alexander Kohls Jens Vigen Marina Savino Anita Hollier Tullio Basaglia Stella Christodoulaki Kamran Naim


Archive (RCS-SIS-AR)

The CERN Archive is a repository for historical records about all aspects of CERN's activities, from the creation of CERN until the present day. It contains letters, memos, reports, notes and other documents created or received in the course of CERN's work and selected for their long-term historical value. The Archive also houses a collection of books, reprints, correspondence, manuscripts and photographs of the late Wolfgang Pauli (Nobel Laureate, 1945).

The CERN Archive is managed in accordance with international standards to ensure it remains a trusted repository and its contents authentic, reliable and of value to society.

Library (RCS-SIS-LB)

The CERN Library ensures access to a wealth of relevant and up-to-date scientific information: books, conference proceedings, journals, reports, technical standards, theses among others. To meet the needs of the CERN and the high-energy physics community for a 24/7 service, a growing amount of documents are available online.

The CERN Library preserves and showcases CERN's rich and diverse scientific research output, by indexing all articles, books and reports authored by members of CERN personnel.

The CERN Library also trains library apprentices for the Agent en information documentaire CFC and, in 2014, won the prize of the 'Meilleure entreprise formatrice' in the category 'Grandes entreprises'.

The CERN Library is a member of AILIS (co-organizing the Library Science Talks, see 2021 programme), Bibliosuisse, IATUL and the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries.

Open Science (RCS-SIS-OS)

The Open Science section promotes the openness, preservation and discovery of high-energy physics (HEP) research. This is currently achieved through three major initiatives: SCOAP3, a global collaboration that supports the Open Access publishing of HEP research in leading journals; CERN Analysis Preservation (CAP), an online repository and collaboration platform for CERN experiments; and the FREYA project, a multilateral collaboration working towards building a robust environment for Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) as a core component of European and global research e-infrastructures.

The Section serves functions that are both technical and strategic, working to ensure that CERN remains at the forefront of the global Open Science movement.

As part of its Open Science activities, the CERN Scientific Information Service is member of DataCite, ORCiD as well as OASPA and acts as supporter or sponsor of the following initiatives: arXiv, DOAJ, OA Switchboard and SciPost.

Tools & Services (RCS-SIS-TS)

SIS develops a range of tools & services for the benefit of CERN researchers and experiments as well as the global particle physics community. The most important service developed and operated by the Scientific Information Service is INSPIRE, the trusted community hub that helps researchers to share and find accurate scholarly information in high-energy physics.

INSPIRE is a partner of the community; its services and tools strive to help researchers throughout their career, from idea generation, project building, establishing collaborations, publishing results of any kind (from data, code, slides to the preprints and published articles), and then, in parallel, finding, posting and applying for jobs. We envision that the unique, comprehensive, and accurate information in INSPIRE will help researchers creating their portfolios necessary to apply for jobs, as well as grants.

Another crucial service this section provides is CERN Analysis Preservation (CAP), an online repository and collaboration platform for CERN experiments. CAP helps the experiments to preserve all research artefacts related to an ongoing analysis right at the time the analysis is ongoing. CAP aims to integrate with all experimental platforms and regularly used services such as GitHub or REANA.


  • GL = Group Leader
  • DGL = Deputy Group Leader
  • GAO = Group Administrative Officer
  • SL = Section Leader
Last modified
7 December, 2021