INSPIRE is an information platform for the high-energy physics community where researchers share and find accurate scholarly information. The platform is led by a collaboration between CERN, DESY, Fermilab, IHEP, IN2P3 and SLAC. Fermilab’s contribution is part of the Core Computing Division and centers on metadata quality control and cross-collaboration cataloging standardization, spearheaded by Melissa Clegg, who also regularly contributes to the INSPIRE code-base; author disambiguation, led by Margaret Miller; the HEPJobs database, maintained by Teresa Graue Witt; and the curation effort of Karin Kemp and Mary Cook. Technical Publications Administrator Kathryn Duerr ensures that all Fermilab reports and publications are appropriately cataloged in INSPIRE and submitted to DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information. All members of the Fermilab team provided valuable input as the CERN and SLAC development teams worked on the design and software of the new system.
The next generation of INSPIRE was launched on March 30. The collaboration fully redesigned the new platform based on cutting-edge technology. Built on top of modern and reliable software architecture, the new INSPIRE brings with it the best of the existing INSPIRE features while introducing new ones. Some of the new features include intuitive search, easy filtering and interactive citation statistics. It is a big milestone for the INSPIRE collaboration partners and will be of great benefit to the global high-energy physics community.
The high-energy physics community’s feedback has always been part of shaping and improving INSPIRE. By launching the new INSPIRE to the community we enable an ever-closer connection, which will help us to deliver and maintain a continually improving INSPIRE platform based on user needs.
Read more in the INSPIRE blog.
Heath O’Connell is the Fermilab INSPIRE leader and head of the Information Resources Department.