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1 Networking and aggregating projects across Italy, Europe and Latin America for the benefit of public health Paola De Castro Istituto Superiore di Sanità 1 Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May 2010

2 THIS IS NOT A TECHNICAL PRESENTATION No metadata schema, protocols or data models but hints on how to make them work! Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May 20102

3 Networking A key word in a global society Communication and understanding Technical, financial, political aspects Experience of networking project for OA in Europe and Latin America 3 Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May 2010

4 Pre-requisite for networking Share common goals Guarantee free access to information for all Regardless of geographical, cultural, technological, institutional and legal barriers Find joint solutions Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May 20104

5 Framework: health information Access to health information is essential and strategic at national and global level directly affects population and the entire community Researchers, physicians, patients and the general public e.g. Disease outbreaks, environmental disasters Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May 20105

6 Concepts Information value for individuals and institutions at stake (use, career, revenue) The 5 W in the information chain Who, What, Why, When, Where 6 Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May 2010

7 Background Publishing Unit at ISS (National Institute of Health in Italy) 900 researchers – 1800 publications per year 7 Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May 2010 Priviledged observatory (contacts with authors, editors, publishers, librarians, informatoin scientists, administrators, general public) Long experience with training and support for authors Production and diffusion of publications (institutional and others) Development of a thematic repository (DSpace ISS) items full-text

8 The OA policy of the ISS. A strategy of involvement Technological infrastructure as a pre-requisite Involvement of administrators Meeting in Liegi in Oct. 2007, ISS Policy Jan Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May 2010 The ISS policy for OA (mandate) is taken as an example for many research institutions in Italy and Europe Policy is not enough Continuous INVOLVEMENT of all stakeholders is the key Hard work

9 LESSONS LEARNT Technologies (protocols, standards, metadata, etc.) are a necessary BUT NOT sufficient condition to provide change Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May The human factor (HF) deeply affects the functioning of any (technological) system The Treaty of Lisbon (2007) of the EU, stresses the value of the human being as center of all actions to be taken for the development of a common policy Consideration of the socio-cultural background is fundamental for the most appropriate application of existing technologies The same applies to the policies or other mandatory actions in favour of OA

10 How do we convince authors? Talk and support Provide examples 10 Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May Show how to increase their attractiveness and academic fitness - Provide statistics (citations, download, etc.) The modern researcher and the peacock's tail D. Whiteman, Lancet 2007

11 How do we promote change? Connecting people at different levels Working together for common goals The example of NECOBELAC project 11 Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May 2010

12 NE twork of CO llaboration B etween E urope and L atin A merican C aribbean countries to spread know-how in: is a three years project (2009 – 2012) funded by the EU to develop a public health and health-related disciplines AIM All stakeholders in scientific communication NECOBELAC TARGET AREA scientific writing open access publishing 12 RIBDA 2009 Innovación en el Acceso Abierto a la Información Agrícola y Ambiental – Lima Octubre 2009

13 Europe-Latin America FP7 collaborations: Science in Society (NECOBELAC) 9 International Cooperation 17 Health 13 Infomation Communication Technologies 6 Infrastructures 7 Socio-economic sciences and humanities and many others How many things in common? Welcome CRIS-CEFIF! Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May

14 NECOBELAC STRATEGY Bi-directional approachEU-LAC Involving people and institutions Creation of a network Training course for trainers Selection (trainers will replicate courses) Learning from the others (experts) Use of online resources (topic maps) Focus on PUBLIC HEALTH Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May

15 Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May NECOBELAC network Partners NECOBELAC Participants in the training program for trainers (T1) + Public health institutions editors, librarians, authors, information specialists Europa –Latin America and Caribe = Courses will be replicated at local level, thus further developing the net

16 NECOBELAC 2-level TRAINING TRAINING 1 (T1) Participants are experts scientific writing open access Plenary discussions Working groups Role of future trainers in NECOBELAC T2 TRAINING 2 (T2) Participants are not experts scientific writing open access Ad hoc training programs Local requirements Technical issues Socio-cultural-economic issues Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May Competence and flexibility

17 First Training course for trainers Sao Paolo April participants from LAC public health institutions Teachers NECOBELAC partners and local experts Major feedback Provide support to use existing technologies Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May

18 Topic maps as a training tools across national borders Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May Topic maps use the semantic web to represent online resources and their associations TOPICS represent concepts (people, objects, modules) ASSOCIATIONS represent relationship among concepts OCCURRENCES represent information sources Topic maps allow the best use of technologies according to different scenarios

19 Attributes of topic maps According to Ontopia Project, editor of the topic maps, contents should be Modular Extensible Flexible Portable Reusable Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May / It is a perfect solution for NECOBELAC training strategy

20 NECOBELAC Topic map created for Scientific publication

21 Topic map created for Open access vs public health

22 In systesis Networking is essential in our society to make information (documents/data) available for all to avoid duplications of work to share and grow Technologies help to create the network and share data A legal framework is necessary to make technologies work The human factor always plays a basic role to make the best use of existing technologies and policies! 22 Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May 2010

23 Thank you NECOBELAC Workshop CRIS, CERIF and institutional repositories. Rome, May 2010


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