7 Works

The initiatives of a library association for the promotion of grey literature

Vilma Alberani & Paola De Castro
The main initiatives taken in Italy by the Italian Library Association (AIB) for the development and promotion of grey literature since the recommendations of the seminar of York and following the Italian adhesion to EAGLE (through the Central Library of the Italian National Research Council-CNR) are presented, i.e.: survey the main Italian producers of GL through the application and creation of international and national standards; evaluate the use of grey literature in scientific communication, through...

Considerations on the organizational approach and treatment of grey literature in Italy

Vilma Alberani
A general view of the organizational approach and treatment of grey literature in Italy is given on the basis of literature data (from 1987 to 1992) and personal experience. The study points out the generally widespread interest for grey literature; the existence of different types of producers and different ways of treating this material. From the analysis of data and statements gathered during the survey, different realities emerge: the one regarding the political administrative world...

Awareness and empowerment in document production and distribution as a “must” for open access: experiences from the “Nancy style” to guarantee quality

Paola De Castro, Sandra Salinetti & Marcus Banks
Co-authored together with Sandra Salinetti and Marcus Banks. - The debate on Grey Literature (GL) has now a very long tradition going from uncertainty and confusion, in the last century, to new certainties and appraisal in the open access era. This implies the general acquisition of the awareness of the importance of GL as a fundamental primary source of information, hence the necessity to empower authors and issuing organization to guarantee quality in both production...

Uniform requirements for Grey literature? Proposal for the adoption of a “Nancy style”

Paola De Castro & Sandra Salinetti
In the last international conferences on Grey Literature (GL), the Internet “sea change” suffered by GL was deeply analysed under its different nuances, coming to the conclusion that the characteristics initially associated to this production have been completely upset. The main advantages of the Net regard information retrieval, document usability and availability against an increased level of responsibility for its authors and issuing organizations.1 This 7th International Conference on GL is devoted to open access,...

Grey literature in information science: production, circulation, and use

Vilma Alberani & Paola De Castro
After a brief consideration of the scope of the discipline and the subjects covered, also in accordance with SIGLE subject categories, a general outlook is given of the main producers of GL in this field, particularly professional organizations and international bodies. Attention is given both to the formal aspect of GL documents and to the objectives they are produced for. The main circulation channels are discussed as well as the databases where they are generally...

Guidelines for the production of scientific and technical reports: how to write and distribute grey literature

Paola De Castro & Sandra Salinetti
These Guidelines refer to the production of scientific and technical reports, precious documents included in the wider category of Grey Literature (GL), defined "in the International Conferences on GL held in Luxembourg (1997) and in New York (2004)" as: Information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body. These Guidelines were...

Quality of grey literature in the open access era: Privilege and Responsibility

Paola De Castro & Sandra Salinetti
The privilege recently gained in the dissemination of Grey Literature (GL) through the widespread use of the Internet implies a new level of responsibility for GL authors and issuing organizations. In the past, in fact, only a limited number of copies were produced, generally inhouse printed, and the target readers were very well focused and known beforehand. Now in the open access era, greater care should be assured not only to the scientific content of...

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