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)….”