This is a summer of great news for OpenCitations. Thanks to the generous support received from the scholarly community during the first year of SCOSS adoption, we’re happy to announce the appointment of three new colleagues to work for OpenCitations at the Research Centre for Open Scholarly Metadata (University of Bologna).
Here’s some information about their backgrounds, positions and roles at OpenCitations.
Claudio Fabbri (Administrator and Research Manager):
Claudio has taken responsibility for all the day-to-day administrative activities of OpenCitations, including financial arrangements with those organisations supporting OpenCitations and bureaucratic interactions involving our host institution, the University of Bologna.
“After graduating in philosophy, I worked for several years as a librarian in university libraries. Considering my professional background, it came naturally to me to get in touch first with the Open Access movement and then, in a broader view, with Open Science principles. Now, as the Research Manager for OpenCitations, I’m proud to lead the administrative work for this great infrastructure. I’m interested in the history of science, especially how scientific communication has changed over the years”.
Chiara Di Giambattista (Communications Director and Community Development Manager):
Chiara takes care of all communications and social interactions made on behalf of OpenCitations, in terms of outreach to the scholarly community, contacts with present and potential supporting organisations, and OpenCitations’ communications via social media. She is developing a comprehensive mission statement and communications strategy for OpenCitations, designed to enhance the community’s understanding of OpenCitations’ global mission and awareness of its financial needs, to increase usage of OpenCitations services, and to foster collaborative interactions with like-minded infrastructures and institutions.
“I graduated in Visual Arts at the University of Bologna with the thesis “Presenting the future in the Digital Age. The semiotic convergence between art and IxD design in the practice of Future Casting”. Being deeply passionate about the adaptive potential of language in all its forms, from classical linguistics to visual semiotics, I have various experiences in web journalism and publishing. My role in OpenCitations is to improve the engagement of OpenCitations with the scholarly community, to develop OpenCitations’ social media platforms (LinkedIn and Twitter) and the OpenCitations blog, and to communicate and promote the values, services and impact of OpenCitations throughout the world”.
Giuseppe Grieco (Software and Systems Developer):
As a skilled computer scientist, Giuseppe will take charge of all the technical development related to the OpenCitations services, data acquisition, and bibliographic metadata and citations provision.
“I have a degree in computer science. I have been passionate about this field since I was thirteen years old, when I started to learn the basics of algorithms and programming. Most recently, I have been dedicating myself to artificial intelligence by pursuing Masters studies at the University of Pisa. I have always tried to take every opportunity to put into practice what I’ve been studying . Now, with my appointment at OpenCitations, I will do so by developing upgrades and enhancements to the existing software infrastructure”.
More new people will be getting involved in OpenCitations in the autumn. Watch this space!