AIR - Archivio Istituzionale della Ricerca
Not only is open science often effective in stimulating scientific discovery, it may also help to deter, detect and stamp out bad science. Openness facilitates a systemic integrity that is conducive to early identification of error, malpractice and fraud, and therefore deters them. But this kind of transparency only works when openness meets standards of intelligibility and assessability - where there is intelligent openness.
The Royal Society, Science as an open enterprise, 2012
AIR (Archivio Istituzionale della ricerca) is the institutional repository of the University of Milan and gathers the whole scientific production of the institution since 2004: journal articles, monographs, book chapters, proceedings, Phd Theses and patents. Upload of metadata is mandatory since 2009, and full-text is recommended where it is possible. Deposit of Doctoral theses (metadata and full-text) is mandatory in AIR since november 2010.
AIR is harvested by BASE since June 2010, by Scientific Commons, by Google Scholar and by DART Europe.
Access to metadata and full-text is worldwide free, but only internal staff (professors, researchers, research grant holders, doctoral and post-graduate students) can archive their own publications in AIR.