FRANTIQ stands for Fichiers de Recherche en sciences de l’Antiquité (Sciences of Antiquity Research Files). Created in 1984, the FRANTIQ network brings together about twenty French research libraries, laboratories and teams belonging to the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), universities, the French Ministry of Culture and two European centers all working in the field of archeology and history of antiquity from the prehistorical period to 1000 A.D. All members of the network agree to share their document resources and to make them available on the Web through a single entry point, the FRANTIQ website which gives access to various databases and tools.
FRANTIQ is managed by members of the Maison René Ginouvès – archéologie et ethnologie at Nanterre (coordination, documentation, thesaurus, training, relations with network partners), the Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditérranée at Lyons (server hosting and maintenance, data migration) and the Centre d’études Préhistoire Antiquité Moyen Age at Valbonne.
FRANTIQ maintains and develops three main services:
- The indexed union catalogue : half of the records describe monographs, grey literature and online documents, and the other half describes journal articles or conference proceedings, festschrifts, etc. The shared catalogue is currently under deployment.
- FRANTIQ’s managing committee leads or supports the computerization and/or the migration of their partners’ data files. In 2006, the union catalogue migrated to the open source ILS KOHA. The partners can join the shared cataloguing system as soon as they have been trained on the new software. Four partners have been trained at this time. Those who haven’t send their exported data files to the managing committee which imports them into the union catalogue.
- The PACTOLS thesaurus, which stands for Peuples, Anthroponymes, Chronologie, Toponymes, Oeuvres, Lieux et Sujets (People, Anthroponyms, Chronology, Toponyms, Works, Places and Subjects), is dedicated to the Sciences of Antiquity and to Archaeology from prehistory to the industrial era. It is a polyhierarchical and multilingual thesaurus which regularly evolves thanks to the specialists who take part in the FRANTIQ network. It enables the partners to index their documents.
These free services are available online since 1997 on the FRANTIQ website and on the Z39.50 portal. The FRANTIQ website is going to undergo significant changes to become a collaborative website in accordance with the CNRS websites graphical charter. The union catalogue, the PACTOLS thesaurus and more information are available on the FRANTIQ website.