LIBER is pleased to welcome Simone Sacchi to our team, as our new Open Science Officer. Simone brings to LIBER 15 years of experience in academic libraries and research centers, driving enterprise–level information management programs and R&D projects focused on the technologies, policies, and best practices that support the long–term stewardship, access, and impact of digital research.
His professional and research interests lie at the intersection of Scholarly Communication, Digital Stewardship, and Conceptual Foundation of Information Science, with emphases on the technology and policy that support infrastructure interoperability and frameworks that support a more transparent and humane assessment of scholarly excellence.
Before joining LIBER, Simone was Head, Scholarly Communication Services at Columbia University in the City of New York. In his role he provided leadership and strategic direction on a variety of initiatives, including Academic Commons, Columbia’s research repository; the Scholarly Communication Program, an information sharing and outreach initiative; and the Columbia Promoting Access to Research and Collaboration (ColumbiaPARC) project, a research information and expert system. Simone was also actively involved in community efforts, having been a steering committee member for the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, a contributor for the Hydra Project, and a member of the FORCE11 Data Citation Implementation Pilot . Before moving to the US, Simone was Systems Librarian and Digital Repository Manager at the University of Bologna, Italy, where he provided technical leadership in the development of the university institutional repository program for research outputs, learning objects, and theses & dissertations.
Simone holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Graduate Certificate in Open Source Software Science and Technology from the University of Bologna, Italy, and a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Parma, Italy.