The French consortium Couperin is a network that unites different members: universities, research institutions and other organizations. I
It currently includes 210 institutions
It evaluates, negotiates and arranges the purchase of electronic library resources at the best price possible for its members.
It promotes a national policy on the acquisition of scientific archives to ensure equal access to IST (Scientific and Technical Information) for the entire scientific community.
It works on improving scientific communication through the development of open archives.
It encourages the establishment of systems for non-commercial dissemination of IST.