COUPERIN - Consortium unifié des établissements universitaires et de recherche pour l'accès aux publications numériques (Academic Consortium for Electronic Publications)
The French consortium Couperin is a non-profit association funded by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and by its members' fees. It is a network that unites different members: universities, research institutions and other organizations.
It currently includes 240 institutions (all the universities, Grandes Ecoles and research institutions are part of Couperin).
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.