Digital Library Time schedule
Digital Library Time schedule

Sciami Digital Library – project


The need for a digital library came about in the course of group research activities that ran up against the difficulty (and at times, alas, the impossibility) of finding text, audio, video and graphic documents on research in progress. The need also comes up in the variegated multitude of research situations in Italy in regard to the activities of production (artists, theatrical companies), distribution (festivals, theaters, publishers), study (universities, departments, scholars, publishers) archiving (libraries, archives, trusts, artists, companies, universities, theaters and festivals, publishers, etc.). The digital library aims to be a place where especially rare and specialized documents can be easily accessed and viewed (here, you can find a list of all the activities of the digital library and its users), displayed and disseminated, translated and linked, shared and included in the most important projects of Linked Open Data for Cultural Heritage. We know that our goal is ambitious and complex, but we feel the need and obligation to try.


The digital library can be a valuable tool for:

  • publishers in this sector who wish to enhance and publish their library on the web;
  • universitiesdepartments and research centers that wish to use the library as a repository of the documents they produce;
  • small and medium-sized libraries will find services for publishing and managing their online collections;
  • researchers, who can have direct access to the documents they need;
  • professors and teaching staff, who will be able to create “BLACKBOARDS” with Library documents to share with their students;
  • artists and theatrical companies, who will find in the Library a partner for digitizing the data and processing the metadata of their archives;
  • festivalsfoundations and all those who would like to publish on the web but are afraid to lose possession of their documents.



  • digitizes, makes any digital “analog” artifact (texts, books, newspapers, photos, slides, videos, posters, graphics, scripts, vinyl disks, tapes, etc.) according to the standards of the Italian National Archive Association (Associazione Nazionale Archivistica Italiana);
  • edits and develops the document to ready it for publication online and make it easy for search engines to find;
  • translates, in accord with the copyright holder, selected documents in order to increase their public and dissemination;
  • processes metadata, assigning to each document a technical and semantic data system for proper research, selection and interoperability, by means of the most widely adopted and internationally accepted standards;
  • assigns a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) ​​ to each document, with an exact indication of the state of the document’s license;
  • Publishes, making the entire document accessible and usable online, with the support of the major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, etc.) and devices (desktops, tablets, smartphones, etc.) in circulation;
  • enhances, through a processing algorithm (which takes into account various factors, including the number of document views, downloads, etc.), thus informing the document owner of its audience results. The document becomes part of the “SCIAMI” network and can be used in the context of its own and its community’s activities.


The idea of designing and building this Digital Library came about from a involvement in the teaching and research work carried out by a group headed by Professor Valentina Valentini and creative Zu lab (a firm specialized in designing tools for the cultural sector). From our very first meetings we felt the need for a tool that would give due value to Italy’s artistic and research experiences (past, present and future) at a nationwide level, help and facilitate the use, management and publication of materials necessary for research, bring together the multitude of testimonies scattered in a myriad of “analog” archives throughout Italy, encourage dialogue between the various paths between them, prevent the dispersion of cognitive capital over the years, be ready to use without complicated computer skills, speak several languages for accessibility outside of Italy’s borders, and, lastly, be digital, online and in communication with the other major projects of international culture such as Cultura Italia, ECLAP and Europeana. It was with these great challenges in mind that we set out to create a tool capable of aiding research in the performing arts, valuing Italy’ history and experiences, circulating the huge library of Italian publishers apropos of an area that all too often lies shut in file cabinets, and capable of bringing the live performing arts, the fine arts, and art in general, within the ethical and aesthetic discourse of the community.

  • Valentina Valentini
  • Famiglia Aceto Mazzitti (Manuel Maria, Mario, Paola, Paulette, Danil)
  • Daniele Di Battista
  • Luca Ruzza
  • Viviana Paga
  • Thomas Haskell Simpson
  • Famiglia Orsini (Davide, Angelica, Pierluigi e Patrizia)
  • Salvo Fazio
  • Marie Laure Fleisch
  • Luciano Mariti
  • Andrea Vecchia
  • Maria Tancredi
  • Valentina Scipioni
  • Vittorio Tancredi
  • Donata Maria Carella
  • Stefano Scipioni

Sciami Crowdfunding- Alcina-Teatro delle Albe


A library (even a digital one) is defined by the community that uses it. This is why we’re now asking for your support, specifically inviting you to become part of Sciami’s Digital Library.
We’ve decided to undertake a fundraising campaign on the BECROWDY platform to continue to develop the Digital Library. As you can see, the digital library is only open in test phase (there are just a few documents and not all its functions have been implemented yet), and we ask for your support to:

  • terminate the definition of digital preservation protocols, digitization and processing of metadata;
  • finalize agreements with content providers;
  • conclude the platform’s technical development;
  • digitize, compute and publish part of the historic library of the Bulzoni Publishing House

To contribute to the fundraising click below