Isidore (platform)

ISIDORE is an online platform that allows research and access to human and social sciences digital data. It's a research assistant for humanists.

Type of site
scientific research, Search Engine in Humanities and Social Sciences
Available inFrench
Launched8 Decembre 2009
Current statusactive


ISIDORE was created in 2009 by the CNRS, using its 'Adonis large equipment' facilities, with participation from companies Antidot, Sword and Mondeca. It is now fully integrated to the Huma-Num research infrastructure[1] for humanities (and digital humanities).


ISIDORE harvests metadata and indexes them as digital data by enriching them with scientific terms and references. It is edited as a website, with a mobile interface and a dedicated to content management through WordPress, a programming interface and a SPARQL node that allows access to RDF.

ISIDORE is one of the digital platforms engaged in the sharing of scientific open data. For better accessibility, it is edited in 3 languages: French, English and Spanish

It currently contains over 4M items, dispatched in 96 collections from over 3550 sources, making it the largest open digital library in French, English and Spanish for human and social sciences.[2]


ISIDORE associates a large panel of scientific platforms and 'data producers': electronic edition platforms (, Persée,, Erudit, etc.), digital libraries: (Gallica of the BnF, Mazarinum of the bibliothèque Mazarine, bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, bibliothèque inter-universitaire de médecine, etc.) open archives (HAL-SHS (Hyper Article en Ligne - Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société),, Thèses en Ligne TEL, etc.) as well as a large number of other scientific databases maintained by French and foreign laboratories.