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Digiteo: A shared ambition to create the first ICT research network in France

ICT research is a strategic and competitive sector both at international level and from an economic and social perspective. In this light, the ’academic’ players on the Saclay plateau got together in 2007 to develop a joint ICT research project: Digiteo.

In 1999, the need to coordinate the various research projects of the institutes on the Saclay plateau came to the fore, particularly during work on the planning contract between the national and regional governments.

Later, still with the aim of promoting synergies, the Pôle Commun de Recherche en Informatique (PCRI), the joint centre for research in computer science project involving the laboratories of Inria, the CNRS and École Polytechnique (LIX) and Université Paris-Sud 11 (LRI), was launched.

In 2004, six institutes, the CEA, CNRS, École Polytechnique, Supélec, Inria and Université Paris-Sud, worked together to give shape to the desire to build, on the Plateau Saclay, the first ever French ICT ’research park’: this would be Digiteo Labs.

In 2006, the founding members proposed the creation of an advanced research network, the Digiteo Réseau Thématique de Recherche Avancée (RTRA). This proposal was supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

The Ecole Centrale de Paris, ENS de Cachan and Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin, then later the Institut Télécom, and more recently, ENSTA-ParisTech and Mines-ParisTech joined Digiteo as associate partners.

The Campus Paris-Saclay foundation for scientific cooperation, also behind the Université Paris-Saclay project, is the legal structure for Digiteo.