Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course, the students will be able to :
· Identify different types of electronic publishing available on the Web and their different funzioni.
· Understand the problems related to legal, social, economical and technological issues affecting the digital publishing.
· Assess the quality and value of digital publishing .
· Develop their information skills, writing skills, group working and presentation skills.
Before the course starts, students should have a basic knowledge and master some primary skills on
Use of the Personal Computer : Electronic Mail, Word Processing, File management are required.
Use of Internet: login, FTP, downloading, uploading
Basic HTML skills . Use of one Web editor (e.g. FrontPage, Netscape Composer, or whatsoever).
Creating a Web site
Course contents summary
The overall aim of the course is to introduce the digital publishing: its main issues and trends, as well as the impact on society and organisations, underlying the differences between digital and traditional publishing. The focus will be on the Open Access model as an alternative way to disseminate and share knowledge. The course will be coupled with Seminars on the basics of Information retrieval and the use of digital information.
Module A (5 credits): Digital publishing: This module focuses on the organisation of documents originally digitised and /or of documents corresponding to analogical ones, eventually converted in a digital format; the role of the user of such documents is also illustrated..
Module B (5 credits): Open access: This part of the course focuses on the Open Access model and its impact on the diffusion and sharing of knowledge. This module goes in depth into the problems related to the quality assessment in the digital publishing, and in particolar, bibliometrics and scientometrics issues will be presented.
CADIOLI A. Dall'editoria moderna all'editoria multimediale : il testo, l'edizione, la lettura dal Settecento a oggi. - Milano : UNICOPLI, 1999. - 89 p.
TAMMARO A.M. (2001). Qualità della comunicazione scientifica Parte 1°. BIBLIOTECHE OGGI. vol. 7, pp. 104-109 ISSN: 0392-8586.
TAMMARO A.M. (2001). Qualità della comunicazione scientifica. Parte 2°. BIBLIOTECHE OGGI. vol. 8, pp. 74-79 ISSN: 0392-8586.
TAMMARO A.M. (2004). Qualità delle pubblicazioni scientifiche ed open access. In VALENTE A.LUZI D. Partecipare la Scienza. ROMA: Biblink
Each student must enrol in the Nicenet virtual class and partecipate in the discussions
Group project: Each student will partecipate in a one of the three groups that will be formed and will be assessed accordino to his/her contribution to the group task (e.g. brainstorming, literature review, editing).
Assignment: each student should prepare an inquiry on an Italian publisher, looking at his level of application of IT.