I Liberati’s principles dieci anni dopo | Recenti Progressi in Medicina

“Ten years after the death of Alessandro Liberati, the authors wonder how much the principles that guided the action of the founder of the Italian Cochrane Centre are still relevant. The guiding star of Liberati’s professional life was the fight for useful research aimed at solving problems relevant to patients and their families. Consistently with the work of other researchers such as Sir Iain Chalmers and Paul Glasziou – they have recently offered important contribution on these issues – Alessandro Liberati worked hard to guarantee open, accessible, and transparent research to citizens, health decision makers and health professionals. Unfortunately, his final call to design a new research governance remained unanswered. Research is still too focused on individual therapeutic interventions rather than on overall care strategies. Studies are still too often unpublished or only partially published. Research is still influenced by conflicts of interest and peer review is often biased. Much work remains to be done, to ensure that publicly funded research is guided by the real needs of citizens and patients.”

Open science: la conoscenza come bene comune – Padovanews

The Theological Faculty of Triveneto has designed the Open science project “Knowledge as a common good”, which will be realized in the between 2021 and 2023 thanks to the contribution of 150,000 EUR allocated by the Cassa di Risparmio di Padova and Rovigo Foundation.

The project is divided into three sections:
1. Open Data: the Theological Faculty of the Triveneto and its Archives;
2. Open Access: dissemination and exchange of the journal published by the faculty, Studia patavina;
3. Open Education Resources: the Faculty’s library: new services

Wikipedia citations in Wikidata – Diff

From Google’s English:  “The Wikipedia Citations dataset currently includes approximately 30 million citations from Wikipedia pages to a variety of sources, including 4 million scientific publications. Increasing the connection with external data services and providing structured data to one of the key elements of Wikipedia articles has two significant advantages: first, better identification of relevant encyclopedic articles related to academic studies; furthermore, the strengthening of Wikipedia as a social authority and political hub, which would allow policy makers to gauge the importance of an article, a person, a research group and an institution by looking at how many Wikipedia articles cite them.

These are the motivations behind the “Wikipedia Citations in Wikidata” project , supported by a grant from the WikiCite Initiative. From January 2021 until the end of April, the team of Silvio Peroni (co-founder and director of OpenCitations), Giovanni Colavizza, Marilena Daquino, Gabriele Pisciotta and Simone Persiani of the University of Bologna (Department of Classical and Italian Philology) worked on the development of a codebase to enrich Wikidata with citations to academic publications that are currently referenced in English in Wikipedia . This codebase is divided into four software modules in Python and integrates new components (a classifier to distinguish citations based on the cited source and a search module to equip citations with identifiers from Crossref or other APIs). In doing so, Wikipedia Citations extends previous work that focused only on citations that already have identifiers….”

AIB-WEB – Per l’immediato ripristino dell’accesso a Project Gutenberg

From Google’s English:  “The AIB Censorship Observatory considers it extremely serious and worrying that, by order of seizure of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rome as part of an investigation into digital piracy, the Guardia di Finanza has blocked access from Italy to the Project Gutenberg ( https://www.gutenberg.org/ ), freely accessible and non-profit portal that since 1971 has collected reproductions of books in the public domain, not subject to copyright.

As everyone knows, Project Gutenberg promotes the widest dissemination and knowledge of the registered cultural memory. For years it has been hosted by large universities that made their servers available, before becoming an autonomous organization, one of the main of this type and inspiring model for many other similar ones (such as the Manutius Project in Italy), mainly supported by work. of many volunteers.

We reiterate that it is one of the most qualified projects on the net, with a large amount of documents accessible for free in compliance with the US Copyright Act, because it is in the USA that it is based: they are works in the public domain, out of rights because they have always been public domain (such as the Bible) or because the maximum terms of duration of copyright have passed….”

Open access dell’Università statale di Milano | Scienza in rete

The article presents the OA journal publishing platform owned and maintained by the University of Milan. All journals are no-fee OA journals and the majority of them deal with humanities.

In the extensive introduction, the key concepts related to OA (including Plan S, transformative agreements, self-archiving, etc.) are discussed.

La proposta di legge Gallo sull’accesso aperto all’informazione scientifica (DDL n. 1146) | AISA

From Google’s English: “The examination continues, before the 7th Standing Committee (Public education, cultural heritage) of the Senate, of the DDL n. 1146 , “Amendments to article 4 of the decree-law 8 August 2013, n. 91, converted, with modifications, by the law 7 October 2013, n. 112, as well as the introduction of article 42-bis of the law of 22 April 1941, n. 633, in the matter of open access to scientific information ”

On October 29, 2019, the 7th Commission held an informal hearing to hear the position of the Italian Publishers Association (IEA).

A note from the IEA is available on the Senate website summarizing the contents of the hearing….”

 

Ricerca, primo sì all’Open Access. Pubblicazioni a pagamento solo per sei mesi – Corriere.it

From Google’s English: “The law on Open Access to scientific publications was approved on Wednesday, March 13 in first reading in the House. Commission President Luigi Gallo’s proposal passed in plenary with 272 votes in favor and 185 abstentions and a vote against, after a rapid journey in the Culture Commission, which accepted various contributions and modifications. Now it will go to the Senate….

The law modifies the copyright and allows the authors of research – scientific and otherwise – the right to publish, after six months from the first publication for a fee, the results of their work for free to ensure open access for all. The right to republish will be applied to those researches that are funded entirely or partially with public funds. The author will remain the owner of this right even if he exclusively assigned the rights of economic use of his work to the publisher or editor….

The approval in the first reading of the Gallo law follows by a few months the announcement of the European Union that last September launched the Plan S which provides that from 2020 the scientific publications financed by public funds must be published in journals or platforms of Open Access.”

Bibliography journals and the world of Open Access: a discussion starting from DOAJ | Salarelli | Bibliothecae.it

Abstract:  Open access journals are playing an increasingly important role in scientific publishing. However, it is hard to find the right way in the huge amount of OA titles available on the net. In this respect DOAJ, a directory based on stringent qualitative selection criteria, represents a fundamental resource for authors, publishers and librarians. This article examines the characteristics of LIS journals listed in DOAJ, highlighting in particular their origin (born- digital or digitized) and the main topics they cover.

La difficile transizione all’Open Access | Scienza in Rete

From Google’s English: “[A]mong the signatories of Plan S there is only one Italian institution, the INFN. The other research centers, such as the CNR or the Universities, have not yet taken a position on this matter. But how much do Italian universities spend to get access to scientific journals and what is the status of Open Access in our country? We asked the CARE Group (Coordination for Access to Electronic Resources), the organ within the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities (CRUI) that deals, on the mandate of the universities, negotiations with scientific publishers. The level of total expenditure for subscription fee paymentsit is not known, since in addition to the centrally managed contracts by CARE, on which a confidentiality clause however, individual universities acquire autonomously a part of the resources. Regarding the penetration of OA in Italian research, CARE replies: “At the moment there are no quantitative studies on this”, adding that there are no contracts of the type read and publish  with no publisher.”

The University of Udine approves the Open Access Policy – Qui.Uniud

From Google’s English: “The University of Udine approves the Open Access Policy. Institutional Archive with search results, available at https://air.uniud.it/ , meets the best practices and international technical standards on open access….The Udine University has joined this movement more than three years ago. In October 2013 he was appointed an Officer of the University for open access (Prof. Carla Piazza) and set up a working group. In February 2015, the SA approved the Policy on Open Access (OA) to scientific literature that establishes the University’s position with respect to the open access movement, and sets out general criteria for the Library Management Institutional archive then officially established in April 2015. It is being built for a service of the University in support of teachers and researchers (both for deposit procedures in the archive is to negotiate with publishers the republishing rights)….”