Last week, CERN had the pleasure of hosting a week-long meeting that brought together international members of the INSPIRE Collaboration from CERN (Switzerland), DESY (Germany), Fermilab (USA), IHEP (China) and IN2P3 (France). This group of experts convened to discuss the future strategy and improvements for INSPIRE, and how it can continue to serve the high-energy physics community as a one-stop information service for literature, conferences, seminars, institutions, journals, researchers, experiments, jobs and data.

The meeting began with introductions and an overview of INSPIRE’s current impact and objectives. The focus then shifted to more technical sessions, discussing sustainability, automation, and crowd-sourcing ideas. Midweek, the team shifted to strategic planning, developing a priority roadmap for INSPIRE’s future with input from all colleagues. The final day summarised discussions, solidified action plans, prioritised key initiatives, assigned roles and responsibilities, and set an implementation timeline, collectively committing to advancing INSPIRE’s evolution.

We left the meeting not only with actionable plans but also with a deeper sense of camaraderie and mutual respect. As we move forward, we are excited to implement these improvements and continue our mission to support and advance the field of high-energy physics. Stay tuned for updates and new features as we work together to build a brighter future for our research community.

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