January 22, 2022

Japan and Switzerland: CERN Collaborates with Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) to Develop Next Generation Repository

From CERN:

How we produce, share and preserve knowledge has transformed with advancements in technology and changes in publishing methods, especially in research. Particle physicists rely heavily on digital library platforms to archive, share and preserve research output. These platforms depend on Invenio, a digital library framework CERN has been developing since 2002.

This year, on 4 September, CERN signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII). The event signals the beginning of a collaboration between the two organisations to extend Invenio with Next Generation Repository capabilities as defined by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories.


Invenio is now used by more than 60 institutions worldwide. Its latest version, Invenio 3, was redeveloped from scratch using modern technology, making it flexible and customizable. These features, which allow Invenio 3 to be extended to fit any system, were the main reason why NII chose its framework to develop a new version of WEKO, their own in-house digital repository system.


WEKO, developed by NII in 2008, is used by more than 500 Japanese universities and research institutions through a cloud service. NII is an inter-university research institute that partners with industries and civilian organisations in Japan to promote academic information infrastructure. Within the outlines of the newly-signed MoU, NII will develop several functionalities for WEKO 3, which will contribute to Invenio 3’s framework. CERN and NII will work together in the development of modules related to Next Generation Repositories as both Invenio and WEKO evolve in the coming years. These modules and other tools will be integrated as open source into Invenio’s core structure to benefit the global research community.

UPDATED: Announcement From NII on the Collaboration

Learn More, Direct to Invenio Website

See Also: Presentation at COAR 2018 Annual Meeting: Update About IR’s in Japan

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