Launched by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the new web portal gives access to the entire French research environment. It provides information on available services and already contains more than 21,000 shared data files.

The topic of data was already considered as early as 2020 in a report submitted to the French Prime Minister under the title For a government policy of data, and is now a subject increasingly perceived as strategic. This report pinned “the challenges regarding scientific data as factors of knowledge”. The report even stated that “if the culture of sharing between research teams had been better established, the handling and treatment of Covid-19 would certainly have been more effective and more responsive during the crisis”. Public authorities have therefore taken up this issue and have had “the ambition to respond in part to this strategic challenge by providing access to a national research data platform”.

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