The project

V2P2 repository: digitizing, storing, preserving, searching, exploiting, sharing data from the research on plant-virus interactions.

The purpose of this project was to create an IT platform to store, preserve and make accessible research data on plant viruses produced in over 50 years by the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), formerly known as Institute of Plant Virology (IVV) and Institute for Applied Phytovirology (IFA).

The project was named after the two CNR institutes that in 2014 merged in the new IPSP: IVV that gives “V2” and the Institute for Plant Protection (IPP) that gives “P2”.

Of the huge amount of research data generated over the years, some were presented at conferences and meetings or published in scientific journals, but some remain unused and are still stored in the IPSP archives. The majority of these data are in two main non-digital formats: texts (such as congress proceedings, registries, technical reports, notebooks, etc...) and images (e.g. glass plates, film negatives, prints on high-definition photo paper and black and white/colour slides). These data will soon be available to anyone through the V2P2 repository.

The creation and the management of the repository would not have been possible without the collaboration with the IT office and the library of the Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth (IRCrES- CNR).

V2P2 is an open access (OA) repository, as this is the best way to exploit the unrestricted deployment potential via the Internet, which allows universal access to any type of data and offers a rapid distribution of scientific knowledge and cultural heritage. The repository architecture is based on open source software frameworks: Fedora Commons, as a storage back-end, and Drupal CMS combined with Islandora, as a front-end. Metadata are based on the Dublin Core model standards and exposed via OAI-PMH. Relationships are created following the FAO’s Agricultural Ontology Service.

The implementation of the project will allow to achieve three main goals:

1) recovery of the scientific heritage: digitization, archiving and formal and semantic cataloguing, in order to recover submerged data, whose existence is likely to remain unknown and destined to be unused, or worse, lost;

2) enhancement of the scientific heritage: digitization, archiving, sharing and long-term storage to avoid loss of data, representing the historical memory of the research centre and also witnessing the evolution of science and technology;

3) dissemination of science: digitization, formal and semantics cataloguing, sharing for a proper and widespread dissemination of the scientific knowledge.

What they say about us:

http://www.discoverygarden.ca/blog/2015/7/16/islandora-research-data-rep...

http://aims.fao.org/community/open-access/blogs/v2p2-first-italian-open-...

https://www.facebook.com/ambasciatadelcanada/photos/a.241517732600645.58...

Credits:
Electron microscope pictures
Masenga Vera
Milne G. Robert (Bob)
All the other pictures
Gaviani Gian Paolo
Roggero Piero
People who provided samples
Accotto Gian Paolo
Caciagli Piero
Conti Maurizio
Lisa Vittoria
Lovisolo Osvaldo
Luisoni Enrico
Roggero Piero
Vaira Anna Maria