Open Access Institutes

 

Oasis is a set of integrated actions aimed at developing and implementing an Open Data model which covers all the activities of the Istituto Italiano di Antropologia (go to this link for more information)
     
  Opening Science to Society. This site provides an overview of what ISItA is doing to contribute to the Open data movement. Our efforts are based on an integration of expertise and experiences from different disciplines, and  take into consideration scientific, educational and societal aspects (Milia et al., 2012; Anagnostou et al., 2013; Destro Bisol et al., 2013).
     
Open Journals and Books. Starting from the volume 92, we will publish online the final version of all JASs papers as they are available.  In this way, the JASs will be one of the few open access (gold road) scientific journals to be completely free for both authors and readers. We are also making freely downloadable all the recent Books and Monographs published by our Institute.  
     
  Open Data practices. We have developed an explicit policy for data sharing, by which we encourage ISItA members to adopt open data practices in their research work. This step follows the data sharing rules we set up for the JASs and the creation of the Anthro-Digitdata repository (Anagnostou & Destro Bisol, 2011). Notably, JASs is at present the only anthropological Journal with an explicit editorial policy for open research data.
     
Open Archives. The collection and sharing of material of historical interest, which initiated with the Anthro-DigitDoc project, will be consolidated. We are establishing  a form of collaboration with Digilab (Sapienza University of Rome) aimed at archiving and preserving the historical material of the Istituto Italiano di Antropologia, including the digitalization of the Rivista di Antropologia (1911-2003). A project aimed to recover and share past anthropological research work concerning Sardinian populations is now being prepared.  
     
  Open Administration. Being mostly supported by (limited) public resources, scientific societies should respond to the growing demand for transparency and accountability in the use of resources. This may help create a climate of trust from citizens and help the public appreciate the cost/benefit ratio between investment in research and education and scientific products. The idea is to publish our spending budgets and relative information on the web.
     
Through Oasis, we hope to be able to demonstrate that a rapid and effective implementation of Open Data models in the management of Scientific Societies is possible. Obviously, we hope to share this initiative with other organizations, so as to develop it further.