Library and Information Science

The 24-25 October UDC has organized its Seminar at the National Library in The Hague, Netherlands, whose topic is the visualization and interaction with classifications. Since the subject is largely interdisciplinary, the people who are going to attend have different expertises: Library and Information Science, Information Visualization, Digital Humanities, Computer Science, Psychology, Design, etc. This is the first time I see libraries specialists opening so widely their opportunities of collaboration.

For this occasion I will present a paper written with the help of my former professor Giorgio De Michelis. The argument is simple: it regards two paradigms to navigate and manage classifications on tablet computers. The first is based on lists: they can be scrolled vertically or swiped horizontally by page. Usually these two interactions are separated, I propose a way to use both at the same time. The second treats the idea to manage classifications using a two-columns interface. Each column is a representation of one classification, this means that two instances of the same classification are shown simultaneously. The value is evident, if you want to make a relation between two subjects you can see them in their contexts at the same time. But this is not the only advantage, imagine this with two or three classifications or simply read the pre-printed version of the paper here for free.


The DHLAB of EPFL and Ca’ Foscari University organized a week in Digital Humanities that is taking place in Venice. For this event it has been created Digital Venice, a website where updates are published day by day. Please follow us.


Finally I am at the end of student career. After three years of Computer Science, I am going to finish the Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Milan-Bicocca. To design an interface to manage thesauri is the subject of the thesis that has been written with the help of Gabriella Pasi, Carlo Ferigato and Luca Bernardinello. This work is important for me because it is part of the project at the JRC of Ispra, carried out in collaboration with FAO, BGS and BNCF.

The thesis is going to be presented tomorrow at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan (map) during the conference L’Italia delle Biblioteche. The collateral presentation is organized by AIDA and Piero Cavaleri in Sala Verdi.

The day after tomorrow the thesis is going to be officially discussed at the University of Milan-Bicocca at the Department of Psychology.

The thesis is in Italian, I hope to have the time to translate it. Click on the image to get the full pdf of the thesis or click Il tesauro non è un dinosauro.

Thesis Cover

The thesaurus is not a dinosaurus, presentation cover of thesis

Frammenti Semantici

On 7 and 8 of May I am going to attend to the Italian IA Summit in Pisa. For the conference Marta Motta and I will present a work whose title is Il Thesaurus del Nuovo soggettario interpreta SKOS. The paper, which regards a case of study about the SKOS use, is the result of a collaboration between the National Central Library of Florence and the Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

Pisa by Harald Haeusler, Flickr

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