CINES is the French national long-term preservation service provider for Higher Education and Research: more than 20 institutions (universities, librairies, labs) archive their digital heritage at CINES so that it's preserved over time in a secure, dedicated environment. This includes documents such as PhD theses or publications, digitized ancient/rare books, satellite imagery, 3D/vidéos/image galleries, datasets, etc.
From this observation, and basing oneself on its expertise in the long-term archiving (Project PAC), CINES initiated the project ISAAC (Scientific Information Archived At CINES). This project aims to provide to the higher education and research community, an electronic archiving service specific to scientific data. The retention period is 3 to 5 years (medium-term conservation).
Isaac is an overall project. It in fact includes all steps of the implementation of a classic IT project (from the definition of functional and technical specifications to their implementation on a production platform), but it also aims to implement an administrative structured organization, involving different actors (researchers, experts in scientific fields, representatives of CINES).