BOA (Bicocca Open Archive) is the institutional repository of the University of Milano-Bicocca, created in the June of 2008, within the Surplus project, with the aim of archiving the scientific research of the University.
BOA has been created by the University Library using the platform DSpace, the open source software implemented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Hewlett Packard for cataloguing, sharing and preserving digital resources. Since spring 2011, BOA is managed by the University's IT systems.
Through BOA, the University aims at creating an all-inclusive and interoperable database of all the UNIMIB publications, with which it will be possible to feed Surplus database, get statistics on consultation and bibliographic citations and extract data to upload to other databases (teachers' websites in Cineca, annual reports, skills inventory, and so on). This means that all data will be transferrable from BOA to other sources, without being necessary to retype them in again.
If you are a visitor, you can find in BOA articles, conference papers, contributions to books, PhD theses and so on (to read a complete list, please see the paragraph "Explore the Archive" - in Italian only, sorry! - in the Help section). Every document is associated to a bibliographic record and, according to the will of the author, also to its full-text.
If you are a teacher or an employee of the University of Milano-Bicocca, you can archive in BOA your intellectual production, managing your bibliography and derivating citations and statistics within one application. To learn how to create new records see here (in Italian only, sorry!).
The principal aim of an open archive is to maximize dissemination, impact and re-use of scientific knowledge created both by the single author and by the whole University. Therefore, it is important to upload in BOA not only bibliographic records but also full-text of the published documents.
Some of BOA applications are still under construction, hence, though we're trying to prevent it, there could happen some short interruptions and/or inconveniencies: we apologize for that.
If you need help or if you have requests or suggestions, try reading the Help section and FAQ on copyright rules (both in Italian only, sorry!). You may also write to us here: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library: 02.64486236/02.64486212.