RERO21 project

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Updated on 2021-12-08

RERO+ (main site: is a competence and service centre for libraries, with its central office in Martigny, Valais. RERO+ became a non-profit foundation in 2021 that succeeds RERO (Library Network of Western Switzerland) in the current context of the changing library landscape in Switzerland.

This major project is called RERO 21 and has been approved in September 2018 by the RERO’s supervisory authority, the CIIP.

This blog aims to publish posts about RERO 21, grouped under the RERO 21 label, as well as about the different sub-projects that constitute it: RERO ILS, MEF et SONAR.


More info on the RERO ILS page

RERO ILS is an open source library management system developed by RERO in collaboration with the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain). It will be put into production to replace the current system within the framework of the RERO 21 project.

MEF: Multilingual Entity File

More info on the MEF page

RERO 21 will offer its services throughout Switzerland, which means that RERO ILS must be multilingual. With MEF, RERO has developed a decentralised solution based on the reliability of the authorities and on Linked Data, in order to display data in multiple languages.

SONAR: Swiss Open Access Repository

More info on the website

The SONAR project is part of the P-5 program of swissuniversities. It consists in the development of a national institutional archive, which aims to collect, promote and ensure the preservation of open access scientific publications of authors affiliated to public research institutions in Switzerland. SONAR also intends to offer an institutional archive service (“IR as a Service”).