What it is
The DoGi database, born in 1969, is, in the Italian national context,
one of the most relevant sources for online research of legal literature.
The DoGi initative
fits into the research area
Dissemination of legal information.
The database provides abstracts of articles published in more than 250 Italian periodicals.
- Coverage: from 1970 (analytics prepared in 1970-73 are to be
considered as experimental)
- Corpus of analytics: At the moment about 250 Italian periodicals
are indexed, but documents in the database refer to more than
- Analytics of: legal literature - periodical articles, comment
on cases, commentaries to statutes, conference papers, book reviews
- Database size: 426.303 DoGi documents (update July-August 2017)
+ 34.127 ToCs (update 11th September 2017)
- Updating bimonthly
- Annual increase: 13.000 DoGi documents
Documentary items: 2 types
- DoGi document:
- Bibliographic record of articles
- For documents belonging to elettronic periodicals, full text URL
- Abstract, prepared by ITTIG, outlining the topics covered and opinions claimed by the author
- One or more classification codes identifying the subject assigned, using an analytical, hierarchical scheme
- References to the significant statutes and cases' sources as referred to in the article
- ToC document:
- Brief bibliographic details of articles
By using the command browse list,
users can identify TOC items, containing only brief bibliographic elements, with no link to the full record;
by choosing List of indexed periodicals, status and holdings of analytics,
TOCs are presented in a dark background portion of the screen.
- Data format: Relational (MySQL)
- Transport format: XML
- Indexing engine: Swish-E
Access conditions to the database
DoGi is freely available online at www.ittig.cnr.it/dogi.
The database is also distributed by
in charge of the integration of the DoGi data in Infoleges information retrieval system.
- Fields searching
The searching modalities reflect the analytical structure of documentary DoGi records.
Searches on fields and sub fields are combined by the AND operator.
The system allows the following:
- launch searches within the whole documentary record: entering bibliographic elements, type (comments on cases, commentaries to statutes...), words in the abstracts or summaries, sources, classification
- use Boolean operators AND (default), OR and NOT
- truncate words by using an asterisk (*)
- search by exact phrase (as well as truncation)(p.e. "serviz* social*")
- select the maximum number of found documents or of displayable documents in a page
- choose the sorting criteria of results: chronological descending order (default) or ascending, alphabetical filing of author/editor name
Through the browse list it is possible to view one DoGi document at a time, or choose and display the selected items.
ToCs are not further displayable.
- Authors and editors:
it is possible to search
authors and editors. From author/editor browse list it is possible to reach the author documents and to know about the distribution of author articles by periodicals
it is possible
- to examine the classification system used for indexing
articles published until 1999 and the classification
now in use (for indexing articles published from
2000); a search can be launched, retrieving documents
classified with the selected notation
- to search classification items by words
- to browse dynamic KWOC indexes
- Indexed periodicals:
it is allowed to browse the list of legal periodicals from the link "Periodicals" at the
link. By clicking on the title of the periodical,
the following information is provided:
- examine the status and amount of analytics;
- access to the bibliographic record of the indexed periodical, enhanced with details on the legal area covered by the review;
- be informed on the availability of the review by Italian libraries through the automatic connection to ACNP catalogue (National Union catalogue of periodicals).
- Retrieval of the full-text of Italian legislation through links to the free-access Normattiva
- Retrieval of the full-text of European legal texts through
links to CELEX database)
- Retrieval of sentences of the Italian Constitutional Court, through a link to Consulta Online)
- Three different citation styles of each contribution (APA,
DoGi format) for writing a bibliography
- Link to Google Scholar: this functionality allows to display the search results of the contribution (exact title) on Google Scholar
- Interoperability with NILDE (Network Inter-Library Document Exchange) for document delivery service
- For every last updating, it is provided:
- the new issues
- the topics
- the juridical sources' comments
- Nuovo Soggettario:
interoperability between "Nuovo soggettario" items and DoGi classification items
- Multilingual access to the DoGi database
- Enhanced access to the database: legislative and jurisprudential sources lists
- Implementation of the OAI protocol to gain interoperability with external legal resources and adoption of Dublin Core (DC) metadata format for Dogi records
- Experimentation activities for the application of standards such as Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
and Serial Item and Contribution Identifier (SICI)
- Building pathfinders based on users' profiles and on specific law topics
Supporting public bodies