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An electronic platform for the Collège de France

September 05, 2014 | By francecanadaculture Ottawa
Docet omnia : "It teachs everything"

OpenEditioon Books

Since July 2010, the Collège de France has published four collections online. They are available in Open acces. Derived formats (PDF and ePub), called “digital books” (or e-books), are available to users of the libraries, subscribed to OpenEdition and sold individually to internet users, for a reading on tablets and mobile phones.

They can be found with direct access by publisher, through a search by discipline (archaeology, literature, etc.) or by theme (keyword, geographical area or historical period in particular).

The quality of the editing, the interoperability of the metadata and the tools provided for citation purposes remain the cornerstones of the platform. However, new functionalities are proposed, such as, for example, a clickable table of contents and a local search engine for individual books, It will also be possible to embed texts to be cited.

The Collège de France also has its own homepage on the portal, where it can highlight its latest releases or certain sections of its catalogue by thematic files.

Inaugural Lectures

The first lecture delivered by new professors at the Collège de France is known as an inaugural lecture. It is formally delivered to colleagues and a large audience and offers an opportunity to position their own research and teaching in terms of their predecessors' work and the latest research developments.

Inaugural lectures not only provide a snapshot of the current state of knowledge, thus contributing to the history of the discipline, but also provide an insight into the professional world of scientists and researchers. Many of them were significant or ground-breaking events in their field at the time they were given.

Inaugural lectures are aimed at a broad, informed audience which is keen to gain a better understanding of developments in science and in contemporary intellectual endeavors.

About the Collège de France

The Collège de France is a public higher education institution, which is unique in France and has no equivalent abroad. The Collège de France has had a two-fold mission, since its foundation in 1530 by Frtancis I: to be a forum for cutting-edge research and teaching.

Today, the former lecteurs royaux have become 57 professors working alongside several hundred researchers, engineers, technicians and administrative staff. The Collège de France is structured around chairs. They cover a huge range of disciplines ranging from mathematics to the study of major civilizations, and include physics, chemistry, biology and medicine, philosophy and literature, the social sciences and economics, prehistory, archaeology and history, linguistics, and many more.

One of the missions of the Collège de France is to disseminate the very latest scientific knowledge, thinking and research. It publishes a wide variety of printed or digital books and audio-visual material independently or in partnership with other institutions. Lectures are open to all, free of charge and without prior registration.

Collège de France website

OpenEdition website

Source: Céline Vautrin, La lettre, no 36, May 2013