CASPUR

logo_caspurCASPUR (http://www.caspur.it) is an Italian non-profit organisation established in 1992, encompassing nine universities from central and southern Italy. CASPUR’s goals are: to develop and maintain a supercomputing centre giving high-end scientific computing services for associated universities and Italian research organisations; to promote advanced tools and technologies in Information Management and Information Technologies fields devoted to scientific research and development; to become a competence centre for the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and Italian universities in Information and Communication technology techniques usage and good practice dissemination; to establish synergies with national and international organizations devoted to ICT research and development; to set up, together with 3rd parties, jointly activities, whose scopes are inside the objectives of CASPUR consortium.

Since 2004 CASPUR has been promoting the spread of OA culture among Italian universities and research communities. In this context, in 2005, it developed together with CILEA a Portal for an OA Service Provider (PLEIADI project http://www.openarchives.it/pleiadi/). Nowadays this portal gives access to more than 435.000 OA papers and related metadata, and thanks to several services (OA-wiki, URL repository on OA issues, OA-blogs and RSS), it represents, for sure, a point of reference for librarians interested in OA and users searching for OA articles and Institutional Repositories.

CASPUR was partner of OpenAIRE from 2009- 2012. In 2013 CASPUR  merged into Cineca.

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