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At 4Science we believe in collaboration and sharing.
We collaborate at various levels with several international organizations to promote the adoption of open technological standards and protocols.
We support the adoption of persistent identifiers (PIDs) to enhance FAIRness: findability, accessibility, interoperability and reuse.
We contribute to open source projects working with their communities to continuously enhance existing solutions and develop new functionalities.
Visit also our page OPEN SOURCE to know more about our contributions.
DSpace is the most widely-used repository solution in the world. It is the software of choice for academic, research, cultural, and commercial organizations building open digital repositories. It allows you to capture, store, index, preserve and distribute your digital material including text, video, audio and data.
DSpace provides a way to manage your materials and publications to give them greater visibility and accessibility over time. It facilitates the capture and ingest of digital objects, including metadata, provides easy discovery and access, both by browsing and searching, and guarantees long-term preservation.
4Science is strongly involved with DSpace as a Certified Partner and a successful Service Provider serving more than 50 institutions with DSpace(-CRIS/GLAM), and a major active contributor to the community since 2003. We have with a major role in developing DSpace 7 , with over 5,000 hours of software development & coordination tasks in all WGs (Angular UI, REST API – including lead of sub-team, Entities). We also serve the community with two DSpace Committers (since 2006), participation in the Leadership and the Steering groups, and other roles in community initiatives and promotion of DSpace.
We are the creators and maintainers of DSpace-CRIS, DSpace-GLAM, RDM solutions based on DSpace (CKAN integration), add-on modules to enhance the functionality of repositories and digital libraries based on DSpace: IIIF Image Viewer, PDF Document Viewer, OCR & Transcription, Video / Audio Streaming.
euroCRIS is a not-for-profit association that brings together experts on research information in general and research information systems (CRIS) in particular. The organisation has 300+ members, mainly coming from Europe, but also from some countries outside of Europe.
Its main activities are: the development and curation of the international standard data model for research information, CERIF; and the promotion of cooperation and exchange of expertise between stakeholders in the research information domain.
4Science supports euroCRIS and its mission, participating in the activities to enhance, promote and implement CERIF in interoperable contexts and applications such as OpenAIRE and DSpace-CRIS.
IIIF is a set of open standards that help archives, libraries, and museums make the most of their digitized collections with visualization, deep zoom, annotation capabilities, and more.
4Science became the 1st Italian company among the participating institutions, pioneering many technological improvements since 2017, and today is a proud Associate Member of the Consortium https://iiif.io/community/consortium/members/ .
IIIF is a set of open standards that help archives, libraries and museums make the most of their digitized collections with features for visualization, deep zoom, annotation and more.
IIIF standards are a set of shared API (Application Programming Interface) specifications for interoperable functionality in digital resource repositories. IIIF simplifies the analysis and sharing of digitized materials, migration between technology systems, and access to images for scholars and researchers.”
Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a multi-university initiative developing free open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing.
Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a free software for the management of research journals, designed to facilitate the development of open access, peer-reviewed publishing, providing the technical infrastructure for the entire editorial management workflow, including: article submission, peer-review, indexing, publication, subscription.
4Science is a Strategic Partner of the PKP, an active contributor to the OJS community, and a service provider to support publishing initiatives of research institutions.
Dataverse is a free open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore, and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows you to replicate others’ work more easily. Researchers, journals, data authors, publishers, data distributors, and affiliated institutions all receive academic credit and web visibility.
4Science actively contributes to Dataverse, particularly making it compliant with OpenAIRE Guidelines for Data Archives, and supporting institutions to implement it as their Research Data Management System.
OpenAIRE is network of infrastructures (aggregators, interoperability services, repositories, archives, and journals) that support Open Science. The OpenAIRE Consortium was born as a project funded by the European Commission, aimed to support the implementation of the European Research Coucil open policies.
4Science actively contributes to many initiatives of OpenAIRE, drafting guidelines, implementing services, participating in meetings and webinars, promoting goals and actions, conducting funded projects.
COAR is an international association with over 100 members and partners from around the world representing libraries, universities, research institutions, government funders and others. COAR brings together the repository community and major repository networks in order to build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community.
4Science participates in the “Next Generation Repository” Working Group with the aim of defining solutions for the future, and in the COAR Voabularies Editorial Board to support interoperability across repositories.
DataCite is an international not-for-profit organization which aims to improve data citation in order to establish easier access to research data on the Internet, increase acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scholarly record, support data archiving that will permit results to be verified and re-purposed for future study.
4Science is a DataCite Registered Service Provider and supports institutions in the setup of DSpace(-CRIS), Dataverse and OJS to use DataCite as DOI Registration Agency. We implemented metadata exposure in the DataCite schema format version 4 and compliance to the Openaire Guidelines for Data Archives.
ORCID is a non-profit organization helping create a world in which all who participate in research, scholarship and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions and affiliations, across disciplines, borders, and time. ORCID provides an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities.
4Science is an ORCID Certified Service provider, making its solutions integrated with the unique identifier for researchers. DSpace-CRIS is compliant with ORCID API v.3 and is a certified ORCID supporting system.