Tuesday 31 October 2023

Porte aperte al CNR: my experience at the open festival of the Italian National Research Council

Hi everyone,

It's been a long time since my last post, because, for personal reasons, I decided to suspend this experience...

Today I decided to write in this blog again because I recently participated in an event that convinced me to reactivate the ATOR project (Arc-Team Open Research).

Recently (October 11th and 12th) I was invited by some friends of the CNR (The Italian National Research Council) to participate in a round table on Open Science. This particular round table (officially called "Rainbow Encounter") was held by Emanuel Demetrescu and Simone Berto of CNR-ISPC and the title was "Exploring potential synergies between Open Data, Open Science and Cultural Heritage Sciences".

The Rainbow Encounter about Open Science

I will not go into details about the round-table... let's say that actually, in Italy, the situation seems to be confused, with two different Ministries, the one of Culture (MiC) and the one of University and Research (MUR), which seem to give opposite indications, especially on the topic of Open Data. Summarizing, the MiC asks the Institutions to monetize the data, also with the use of copyright (e.g on picture and images), while the MUR ask the Institution to freely share the data (especially if obtained with public money). 

I think we will have to wait to see which idea will prevail, also because, if I understood correctly, no definitive implementing degrees have yet been released. Of course my personal vision embraces the philosophy of Open Data (within a more general Open Science), so that I prefer the MUR indications, but this is not the point. The point is that, for many years, I thought that most of the goals of the "Open Archaeology Movement", if we can call it so, were already achieved. After all it is a movement which, at least in Italy, took its first steps at the beginning of 2000s. Listening to some of the testimonies during the round table, I understood that things are not really like that and I decided to start writing posts in ATOR again, at least to still share the data, knowledge and, in general, the research that I am conducting during the my work for Arc-Team.


That's all for now, but I hope to be able to write new posts soon. I wish you a good day!


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