Virtual Open Access Agriculture & Aquaculture Repository

Sharing Scientific and Scholarly Research related to Agriculture, Food, and Environment

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French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)



INRA is the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA, Ranked the number one agricultural institute in Europe and number two in the world, INRA carries out mission-oriented research for high-quality and healthy foods, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a preserved and valorised environment. It has also been named one of the world’s 10 best places to work in academia (The Scientist 2010, 24 (7):43). INRA has signed the international Berlin convention promoting Open Access in 2005 and has developed since 2006 an institutional open archive : Prodinra ( in order to increase the visibility of its research. ProdInra has, in December 2010, nearly 7,000 full-text documents and about 130,000 references. A new version of the repository is being developped.

Key people:

Diane Le Hénaff (Responsible for ProdInra and the INRA open access policy)

For the last 8 years, I have been working for INRA on different missions with progressive responsibilities.  

I was hired first for my expertise in information systems. But, when INRA signed the Berlin Conference Declaration on Open Access, I was asked to join the scientific information division to design an Open Access policy for Inra. Since the last 4 years, I have been responsible for the Inra Open Access policy and set up a service‐oriented policy for ProdInra, the Inra institutional open archive ( I am team leader (6 FTEmployers) and manage a network of 90+ people.

I have been named member of the Science Europe Working Group on Open Access on behalf of Inra.  Also representative in national and international working group and associations, my missions are international‐oriented.

I am dissemination the manager for the VOA3R project and work package leader for the Organic.Lingua project, both FP7 EU projects.


Pascal Aventurier

I had a master in information and communication science from Univ Grenoble and a Bachelor in Maths and Social Science from Univ Paris 7 - Diderot.
I’m currently  head of the scientific information team at INRA  research center of Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur Region.
I'm co-leading two groups of competencies for the scientific information division of INRA : Open Access and Information technology

I am  working  for the VOA3R project for disseminating information and conducted user-trial  with researchers on the VOA3R portal. I’m also working on the ontology  about organic farming,  in Organic.Lingua project, both FP7 EU projects.

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