Invenio is an open source software framework for large-scale digital repositories that provides the tools for management of digital assets in an institutional repository and research data management systems. The software is typically used for open access repositories for scholarly and/or published digital content and as a digital library.

Original author(s)CERN
Developer(s)CERN and external contributors
Stable release
3.1.0[1] / 12 March 2019; 21 months ago (12 March 2019)
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Written inPython, JavaScript
Operating systemUnix-like, macOS
Available inMulti-lingual
TypeInstitutional repository, Digital library/DA, Research Data Management, Integrated library system

Invenio is initially developed by CERN with both individual and organisational external contributors and is freely available for download.


Prior to July 1, 2006, the package was named CDSware, then renamed CDS Invenio,[2] and now known simply as Invenio.[3]


Invenio complies with standards such as the Open Archives Initiative metadata harvesting protocol (OAI-PMH) and uses JSON/JSONSchema as its underlying bibliographic format.[4]


The service provider TIND Technologies, an official CERN spin-off based in Norway, offers Invenio via a software-as-a-service model.[5]

Variants of Invenio are offered by TIND for all library services as TIND ILS, DA, IR and RDM[6] under a fully hosted and open-core model.


Invenio is widely used outside of its original home within CERN, including SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Fermilab, and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.[5] SPIRES migrated to INVENIO in October 2011 with the INSPIRE-HEP site, a joint effort of CERN, DESY, SLAC and FNAL.[7]

In 2014, the package chosen to be the digital library software of all national universities in the western Africa regional economic community UEMOA which includes eight countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo.[8]

The research data repository Zenodo at CERN is basically run under Invenio v3, wrapped by a small extra layer of code that is also called Zenodo.[9] To simplify reuse of the Zenodo codebase, several institutions have joined in 2019 to distribute an institution-agnostic package under the name of InvenioRDM.[10]

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  1. ^ "Release 3.1.0". 12 March 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  2. ^ CERN Document Server Software Consortium (30 June 2006). "NEWS - CDS Invenio v0.90.0". Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  3. ^ CERN Document Server Software Consortium. "About Invenio". Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  4. ^ Retrieved 07 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "A SPIN-OFF COMPANY HELPS TO UNLOCK THE FULL POTENTIAL OF INVENIO SOFTWARE", Issue No. 45-46/2015 - Monday 2 November 2015, CERN Bulletin
  6. ^ Enis, Matt (2017-06-01). "Academic Libraries Implement New ILS, IR Developed by CERN". Library Journal. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  7. ^ Rezendes Khirallah, Diane (24 May 2012). "Physicists, start your searches: INSPIRE database now online". symmetry: dimensions of particle physics.
  8. ^ "A virtual library for 8 UEMOA countries under discussion in Dakar". UNESCO. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "InvenioRDM: a turn-key open source research data management platform —". 2019-04-29. Retrieved 2019-10-10.

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