PSL-Explore: a brief history

From Liberlabo and Faberlabo to the PSL Resources and Knowledge Cluster (Pôle Ressources et Savoirs)

Immediately following the creation of the Fondation de Coopération Scientifique Paris Sciences et Lettres in July, 2010, a working group, under Laure Léveillé (Collège de France) and comprised of the heads of all PSL member institution libraries and museums, began developing the Liberlabo and Faberlabo components of PSL's IDEX project (selected for funding in July 2011).

Liberlabo is the network linking all PSL libraries. Its goals: facilitate access to the collections, drive change in dissemination practices and in how digital scientific data is used, develop shared tools, collaborative platforms, and spaces for dialogue and exchange for reading, scientific writing and artistic production. Faberlabo is its counterpart, dedicated to promoting and sharing the PSL heritage and historic resources, primarily in the sciences and the arts, and proposing them as a source of inspiration for contemporary creation.

For two years (2011 and 2012) the group, co-coordinated by Laure Léveillé, Isabelle Sabatier (Université Paris-Dauphine) and Nathalie Marcerou-Ramel (École normale supérieure), worked to implement IDEX program priorities and to mutualize library access.

Beginning in the Spring of 2012, all PSL libraries became accessible to the entire PSL community: students, PhD candidates, researchers, faculty and staff from all member institutions.


The PSL-Explore portal

The PSL documentary and historic archive platform or Knowledge portal project, now known as PSL-Explore, was launched in the Spring of 2012 with a call to tender for a preliminary study.

In early 2013, under the direction of Hélène Chaudoreille, (who joined the PSL team in January) numerous task forces set to work on the study. In 2014, she put together the Resources and Knowledge cluster team, in charge of managing the project in collaboration with the general web contractors ExLibris and SopraStéria/Fidésio. Web development began in the summer of 2014 and PSL-Explore went on-line in September 2015.


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