The University of Parma

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The University of Parma was founded in the year 962 The University holds 18 Departments, 35 first degree courses, 6 one-cycle degree courses, 38 second degree courses, as well as many Postgraduate schools, Postgraduate Teacher Training courses, several Masters' Degrees and Research Doctorates (PhD).

The University is promoting the internationalisation of education and almost three hundred students leave the University every year to study abroad at foreign universities, and over two hundred come to Parma from abroad.

The Engineering Faculty and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities collaborate in the UNIPR CoLab Collaboratory, which is a interdepartmental research center for experimenting technologies for enhancing learning and teaching. The Co-laboratory is specialized in digital competencies and is member of AGID National Coalition for Digital Agenda.

The Department of Information Engineering is the main site of advanced research and graduate studies in Electronics, Computer Engineering and Telecommunication, while the Faculty of Arts and Humanities started its first programme in Library Science in 1970; since then the LIS faculty has specialised in digital library research. The Arts and Humanities Faculty has international experience from participating in several international projects:

  • EMMC (DILL – Digital Library Learning, 2007-today (until 2012 with EU financement)).
  • Development of an international MA program (TEMPUS project: New Master’s Program on Library and Information Science 145021-TEMPUS-1-2008-1-UKTEMPUS- JPCR)
  • International Master in Information Studies (joint course of University of Parma and Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 1999-2007).
  • World Bank Piloting project Competitive Innovation in Armenia (2014- 2015).
  • Tempus Project “Advanced M.Sc. Program in Ecology for the Volga-Caspian basin” Innovation in teaching and learning using technology (EcoTempusPR2012 2011-2012)

University of Parma has been participating to the EU financed project on European curriculum development on LIS (Library and Information Science Education in Europe: Joint Curriculum Development and Bologna Perspectives), which took place in 2004-2005 and was an active part of the EU-financed DELOS network of excellence, focusing upon digital libraries.

The core of the Parma LIS curriculum content has been focused on the impact of information technology on the library profession and the digital environment.
PARMA will use open learning material (OER) in combination with face to face teaching.

A first tutorial "Digital scholarship" will be done online before the Summer School in PARMA and a follow up workshop "Evaluation and impact of scholarly publications" will be done online after the Summer School. The Summer School in PARMA and the two workshops in Palestine for professionals, administrators and scholars are on "Trusted Repositories and Digital Curation" which will include the following topics:

  • Digital Library Reference Model and cyberinfrastructure
  • Develop a project management plan.
  • Create and maintain digital collections
  • Create long-term identifiers
  • Basic trusted repositories management.
  • Metadata Best Practices.
  • Digital preservation
  • Institutional, National, International Policies
  • Discovery and re-use
  • Evaluate and apply data and metadata standards for varied uses across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences

Learning outcomes: participants will achieve theory and skills necessary to work with academic, governmental, public, and industrial repositories and digital libraries

University of Parma has expertise in the following fields relating to the Project ROMOR:

  1. Computer architectures and performance modeling (Stefano Caselli, Francesco Zanichelli )
  2. Curation of digital collections (Vittore Casarosa)
  3. Use and policy of digital libraries/institutional repositories (Anna Maria Tammaro)

The University of Parma has its particular strength in computer science approaches to digital libraries, the curation of digital collections and the Information Policy in digital libraries. The University of Parma gives classes on these subjects at all levels from BA to PhD. face to face and by distance.

The Information Engineering Faculty of Parma is the main site of Mobility Strand as the faculty has specialised knowledge in digital library and institutional repositories research and teaching. The Faculty has experience of international mobility from participating in EMMC (DILL – Digital Library Learning, 2007-2012). Anna Maria Tammaro is the local coordinator and main teacher of the course “Users and Usage of Digital Libraries”, while Vittore Casarosa is the main teacher of the course “Access to digital libraries”, both courses in the EMMC Dill. The Faculty has also been an active part in the development of an international MA program (TEMPUS project: New Master’s Program on Library and Information Science 145021-TEMPUS-1-2008-1-UKTEMPUS- JPCR) and the International Master in Information Studies (joint course of University of Parma and Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 1999-2007). The core of the curriculum content was focused on the impact of information technology on the library profession and the digital environment.

PARMA Team:

Dr. Anna Maria Tammaro
Coordinator

Prof. Stefano Caselli
Researcher

Vittore Casarosa
Researcher