Vol. 13 No. 1 (2022): The Bibliographic Control in the Digital Ecosystem

Riviste digitali e digitalizzate italiane (RIDI): a reconnaissance for the national newspaper library

Fabio D'Orsogna
Niblioteca nazionale centrale di Roma
Giulio Palanga
Niblioteca nazionale centrale di Roma

Published 2022-01-13


  • Digital libraries,
  • Digital newspaper library,
  • Open access serials,
  • RIDI,
  • National Central Library of Rome

How to Cite

D’Orsogna, Fabio, and Giulio Palanga. 2022. “Riviste Digitali E Digitalizzate Italiane (RIDI): A Reconnaissance for the National Newspaper Library”. JLIS.It 13 (1):374-89. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-12734.


The article presents a reflection born from a reconnaissance (named RIDI, Riviste digitali e digitalizzate italiane) launched in December 2019, on online open access journals and digitalization of previously printed publications, which are not always considered as unitary bibliographic elements. It highlights the increasingly urgent need to offer its users not only the physical heritage of the library but also the entire world of open-access digital publications available on the web. Starting from an overview of the state of the art of Italian open access periodicals, both digital natives and continuations or parallel editions of previously printed publications, it offers some examples of bibliographic records already present in the national OPAC of SBN (Italian union catalog), related to publications available with both printed and digital editions. It illustrates the main Italian and international digital libraries, highlighting the problems of coordinating the various initiatives to improve the quantitative and qualitative offer of products. The directory, from which a database integrated with the portal of the Digital Newspaper Library of the National Central Library of Rome will originate, will allow direct access to resources through multiple search fields. The prototype of a super-record of the Work will provide all the elements for the standardization of images, data, metadata, bibliographical histories of publications, to build the national digital newspaper library of the future.


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