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Zenodotus, the first librarian of the Ancient Library of Alexandria

DESIREE Communication Team

Zenodotus (Greek: Ζηνόδοτος) was a Greek grammarian, literary critic, Homeric scholar, and the first librarian of the Library of Alexandria, as explained by Wikipedia(1). He has also been the father of the first recorded use of metadata, a landmark in library history. Zenodotus introduced an organization system according to which small tags where attached to the end of each scroll containing information on each work’s author, title, and subject so that materials could be easily returned to the area in which they had been classified, but also so that library users did not have to unroll each scroll in order to see what it contained (1).

No, that was not the answer to the million-dollar question :-) This piece of information about Zenodotus, has been recently in discussion when Zenodo, the recently re-branded, catch-all, multidisciplinary repository for publications and data in multiple formats, was named after him! 

Zenodo was created to support the EC Open Data policy, according to which all beneficiaries must provide open access (free of charge, online access for any user) to all peer-reviewed publications by depositing them into a repository. Zenodo exposes its data to OpenAIRE, helping researchers to comply with the Open Access demands from the EC and the ERCs (2,3)

Zenodo in a nutshell (2)

•    Research. Shared. — all research outputs from across all fields of research are welcome! Sciences and Humanities, really!
•    Citeable. Discoverable. — uploads gets a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to make them easily and uniquely citeable.
•    Communities — create and curate your own community for a workshop, project, department, journal, into which you can accept or reject uploads. Your own complete digital repository!
•    Funding — identify grants, integrated in reporting lines for research funded by the European Commission via OpenAIRE.
•    Flexible licensing — because not everything is under Creative Commons.
•    Safe — your research output is stored safely for the future in the same cloud infrastructure as CERN's own LHC research data.

Read more about Zenodo and its features.

DESIREE, as H2020 project, has selected this repository for its scientific publications created during the project lifecycle.


(1)    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenodotus
(2)    https://zenodo.org/
(3)    https://www.openaire.eu/ 

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