Author: Maria Chiara Pievatolo

Open Science and centralized and administrative research assessment: an odd couple?

AISA responds to COARA‘s Call for Working Groups with its own proposal: “Open Science and centralized and administrative evaluation of research: an odd couple?” The aim of the working group is to understand whether and how a centralized and administrative assessment of research, which evaluates its “products” in a zero-sum game, can be made compatible […]

Why dying for a patent? Compulsory licenses, contract transparency, public health

To tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, we need Open Science more than ever. Humanity can only hope to quickly overcome the crisis it is facing by sharing worldwide the knowledge and technologies needed to produce vaccines, drugs and medical devices. Many voices have been raised against the unfair grabbing of vaccines and drugs by rich countries […]

The Italian Libraries Association (AIB) endorses the new EU Copyright Directive

The AIB declared itself in favor of the new EU copyright directive in its final version issued by the “trilogue” negotiation, with Italy, Poland, Finland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands voting against it. Furthermore, along with the Italian publishers and booksellers associations, it undersigned  an open letter to the Italian members of the EU parliament encouraging […]

Hybrid Open Access: why paying twice? 

The Italian Association for the promotion of Open Science wishes to draw the attention of researchers, students, librarians and administrators of universities and research institutions on an add on of the CARE license with the Elsevier publisher covering the period 2018-2022, the so-called ” Pilot Open Access Gold “. 
CARE is a e-resources licensing consortium […]

How Wikimedia helped authors make over 3000 articles green open access via Dissemin

Wikimedia projects contributor Federico Leva, frustrated at the number of pay-walled articles linked from the Italian and English Wikipedia, decided to contact their authors directly. Using the available data, almost half a million depositable articles by a million authors were found. An email was sent to each of them where possible: the message thanked them for contributing […]

RDA National Event in Italy, 14-15 November 2016 – Best practices and open issues

RDA, the Research Data Alliance, in collaboration with the universities of Turin, Milan, Bologna, Trento and Parma and supported by CNR, AISA and OpenAIRE organizes a two-day workshop about sharing, reuse, and reproducibility of research data on some selected scientific fields – and related research infrastructures – of strategic relevance in Europe. The event agenda […]

Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing

An important article on financial flows in scholarly publishing has been published in “Open Library of Humanities”,  here.  Its conclusion is worth quoting, because it pinpoints a common problem, which needs to be addressed. In this article we have argued for the importance of a joined-up, systemic, publicly accessible picture of financial flows around academic […]

OpenAIRE: Workshop to present the first Open Peer Review Module (OPRM) for open access repositories

The official presentation of the first Open Peer Review Module for Institutional Repositories, developed with the collaboration of OpenAIRE2020 and the participation of a consortium of 6 partners, will be held on the 27th of April  in Madrid.  Visit the conference site for all the details on the conference registration and program.