September 1987 - May 1992: hired as software engineer by
a medium-size Italian software company. Assigned to a Company Division
dealing with management and administration procedures, with the
task of implementing software for the PC-Mainframe connectivity, and
in the office automation area. In this period he also worked as
technical trainer, and he wrote software in different languages for PCs and
Later he became project manager of an administrative procedure, developed for VM/CMS and SQL/DS
platforms, for systems IBM 9370 and AS/400. This position involved different tasks: entity-relationship
analysis, system configuration of the mainframes and of the mini computers,
administration of the databases, installation of the local networks, customer
care, training activities, and the writing of user manuals.
Professional experience concerning
In 1992 he was assigned to a Division dedicated
to studying and promoting the Internet, and since then has been a
Gophermaster, a Webmaster, and the owner of different Mailing Lists,
including a successful international one. He also wrote technical and
educational articles and manuals about the Internet, addressed in
particular to academic users.
In 1994 he worked on the drawings of many projects
and has contributed to define the characteristics
of the first user interface for the Italian National Library Service (Servizio
bibliotecario nazionale, SBN). He was a member of some working groups of the
Italian Organisation for the Academic Networks (GARR).
Starting in 1995, for over a year, he provided to all the divisions of
his company the necessary technical support for the drawing of all the projects
on the Internet, also by writing technical documents
Since 1996 he has been a freelancer, working as an Information
and Communication Technologies (ICT) journalist, as author of educational manuals
about the Internet, as translator from English into Italian of computer science
books, and more generally as expert of ICT, of the Internet, of online information
sources, of the Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) and of professional printing.
Since 1996 he has been enrolled in the Italian journalist register.
Contributions to magazines and
From 1994 to 1997 he contributed widely to the Italian monthly
magazine «Virtual», with several reports per issue, also writing many
of its sites' and books' reviews and a column for readers' questions about the
From 1996 to 2000 he contributed to the Italian ICT magazines
«Inter.net», «Internet news»,
«Il Mediario», «Happy Web», and to the Italian online
magazines «Repubblica online»,
«Elettrica/mente» and «Apogeonline».
In the year 2000 he contributed widely to the Italian magazine
«E-business trade» (formerly «Pc trade»);
in 2001 he wrote the ICT sections on the Cd-Roms
«Equest» about the new economy, printed as supplements
of the main economic Italian weekly «Il Mondo». For these
Cd-Roms, he also made several video interviews.
Since the beginning of 1997 he contributed regularly to the Italian weekly
«Week.it» (formerly «Pcweek Italia», now closed), on which
he published over 700 reports and articles, also covering interviews,
meetings and events abroad, mostly in Europe and in the United States. He also
contributed to the Italian monthly «Zerouno», with articles and
From 2000 to 2003 he contributed to the Italian monthly supplement «Panorama
Web», in which he published many reports and wrote two columns,
one about the Internet connectivity and the offers of the Italian Service Providers,
and the other one about search engines. Now he seldom contributes to the main
weekly magazine, «Panorama», as its supplement has been closed.
From 2001 to 2003 he contributed to the Italian monthly «Jack»,
in the sections dedicated to the Internet, personal computing and mobile
In July 2002 he began to publish again on the Italian monthly
«Internet news», for which he wrote reports and
was responsible for a page of books reviews for about four years. Now
this magazine has been renamed «Internet.pro» and since
April 2006 will be published only on the Web. For «Internet.pro»,
he has written not only articles, but since 2004 also the four or five pages
per issue of a section called «Ideas and portraits», with interviews
to ICT managers and software engineers.
From 2003 to 2005 he contributed to «@lfa»,
the weekly supplement of the main Italian economic newspaper «Il Sole 24 Ore»
dedicated to computer science and technologies, now renamed «Nova 24».
For «@lfa» he also covered interviews, meetings and events abroad, mostly
in Europe and in the United States.
Since 2003 he has been contributing with brief spoken reports
to the program Mondo Web of the Swiss Italian speaking Radio,
renamed Impulso Web at the end of 2005 and become again Mondo Web
in September 2007.
Since September 2005 he has been contributing with many long
articles to the professional magazine «Italia grafica»,
which specializes in graphics, prepress, printing and finishing.
Since 2005 he has been writing also for «Biblioteche Oggi» (Libraries today),
the most important magazine for Italian librarians.
Since 2008 he has worked for the page dedicated to technologies of the Swiss Italian daily
«Corriere del Ticino», writing both long reports, even full page, and editorials,
generally about the Internet.
For the instalments «Scrivere» published by De Agostini in 2007-2008 and
edited by the Scuola Holden of the writer Alessandro Baricco, he wrote contributions
about online writing in asynchronous environments (from chat to Second Life), business
email style, cryptography, online communication in forums and newsgroups, and
about the usage of international English on the Internet. These instalments have also been
published by «La Repubblica» since the Spring of 2008.
Articles and reports about Second Life
He has been a Second Life resident since August 2006.
Since the end of 2006 he has spoken about SL in over fifteen reports on the program Mondo Web of the Swiss Italian
Speaking radio. In May 2007 he wrote an 11 page report about SL for «Biblioteche Oggi».
During 2007 he has written for his own amusement nearly twenty articles in English about SL for the online
American magazine «SLNN.com»; in the same period he has written several articles, comments and editorials about SL
for the Italian magazine «Week.it» (now closed), that have been pubblished also on the Web site of the main
newspaper «Il Giornale». Since September 2007 he has
been writing reports about Second Life and other topics also for the economic
magazine «Espansione» (now distributed with the
daily «Il Giornale»), and to SL, again, he dedicated a whole page of
the newspaper «Corriere del Ticino» in May 2008.
- Author of the report Risorse Internet e biblioteca virtuale
(Internet resources and virtual library), presented at the meeting
Università: quale biblioteca? (University, which library?), organized
by the University of Trento (published in the Proceedings: Atti,
1995, pp. 87-119).
- Author of the report The Internet in Italy: Nir services and Opacs,
on the American magazine «Computers in libraries»
(Meckler Media, Vol. 15, n. 2, february 1995, pp. 50-52).
- Coauthor of the report Le biblioteche italiane in Rete (The
Italian online libraries), on the monthly magazine «Economia della cultura»
(Il Mulino, n. 3, agosto 2003, pp. 407-412).
- January 2003, Milan: lecturer of the module «Information
sources» (16 hours) in the Master «Campus multimedia»
organized by Mediaset and by the Scuola di specializzazione
in studi sull'Amministrazione pubblica (SPISA) of the University of
Bologna, and funded by the European Union.
- February 2004, Bari: lecturer of the module «Online information sources»
(16 hours) for the High training course
«Cultural valorization manager» (CVM)
organized by the publisher Laterza and by the research center Tecnopolis-CSATA,
and funded by the European Union.
- September 1997: coauthor of Incontri
virtuali, la comunicazione interattiva su Internet (Virtual meetings.
The interactive communication on the Internet), for the publisher Apogeo.
- April 1998: author of one chapter in the book Gens electrica, tendenze
e futuro della comunicazione (Electric people, trends and future of the
communication), for the publisher Apogeo.
- June 1998: coauthor of Ricerche
bibliografiche in Internet. Strumenti e strategie di ricerca,
Opac e biblioteche virtuali (Bibliographic researches on
the Internet. Tools and strategies, Opacs and virtual libraries),
for the publisher Apogeo.
- May 2000: coauthor of Dalla
email al chat multimediale. Comunità e comunicazione personale
in Internet (From the email to the multimedial chat. Communities
and personal communication on the Internet), for the publisher Franco Angeli.
- March 2003: author of Comunicazione
personale e collaborazione in Rete. Vivere e lavorare tra email, chat,
comunità e groupware (Personal communication and
collaboration on the Internet. Living and working with email, chat,
communities and groupware) for the publisher Franco Angeli.
- May 2002 - June 2005: coauthor of Biblioteche
in Rete. Istruzioni per l'uso (Libraries on the Net. Directions
for use), for the publisher Laterza. This book was published again in
September 2002 (Second edition), in
June 2003 (Third updated edition), and in June 2005, as Fourth
updated edition. Since the Third edition of June 2003, this manual is available not only
on paper, but also online, as free HTML edition.
The manuals about online libraries have sold until now, previously
for Apogeo and afterwards for Laterza, about 12,000 copies. As
forecasted, the number of sold copies has dramatically dropped since
the free availability of the online edition, but the book has become
more widely used. Despite its online availability, the book is still
selling well and has been printed again in April 2006 and in May 2007.
The essays about the Computer Mediated Communication have sold until
now, previously for Apogeo and afterwards for Franco Angeli, over 4,000 copies.
Both these books in Italy have been adopted as texts for several University exams
(altogether, over fifteen).
During the last years, Biblioteche in Rete has been one of the few manuals
recommended for junior essay and senior thesis writers in Italian literature by
Research Guide written by the Harvard College Library. Besides, Biblioteche in Rete
has also been included in the selected and very small bibliography for the the entry «biblioteca» (library)
in the most recent update of the prestigious main Italian encyclopedia,
L’Enciclopedia Treccani (Appendice VII, 2006).
Translated books (English -> Italian)
- September 1997: Guida a Front
page '97 (Microsoft Front page 97 for Windows. Quick start, Ziff-Davis
Press, 1996), for the publisher Apogeo.
- November 2000: Strategie competitive
nell'industria del software (Secrets of software success, Harvard
Business School Press, 1999), for the publisher Etas libri (Rizzoli).
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