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DigitAlexandria Scientific Digital Archives
Institution: Italian National Council of Researches (CNR)
The National Institute for Energy (ENEA)
Implementation Date: ene 01, 2009
Summary: The goal of DigitAlexandria is to assist and power the work of scientific research, allowing a faster and more effective accomplishment of tasks like the creation of institutional archives, self-archiving, bibliographical research, remote collaboration, communication and publishing.

DigitAlexandria, for instance, enables any scientific entity to create a structured, OAI (Open Archives Initiative) compliant digital archive in the easiest and fastest way, subverting the present practice made of cryptic and specialized technologies.

Via this system, not only will the single researcher be able to self archive his papers and share them with other scientists, but large research institutes can also build an efficient institutional repository.

Moreover, by means of this set of tools, researchers of any discipline will be able to create their own worldwide on-line community, constantly in touch and closely collaborating among them; institutions will be able to build their repository with just an effort of good will.


Unlike most of the similar existing tools, DigitAlexandria is built on the simplicity of use and implementation so that any person can download and install the software and promptly set up and manage the archive.

At present, DigitAlexandria has developed two products: Free science (for single researchers) and Archive maker (for institutions and groups). Both are available in English, Spanish and Italian.
Impact:

DigitAlexandria assists and powers the work of scientific research, allowing a faster and more effective accomplishment of tasks like the creation of institutional archives, self-archiving, bibliographical research, remote collaboration, communication and publishing.

It is a good first step to enable developing countries to join the scientific community and exploit the common scientific knowledge with minimum costs and efforts.
Source: Stockholm Challenge Award
Project Home URL: http://www.digitalexandria.com/
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