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Migration of pibinko’s images from an image sharing platform to

Following a workshop with Jack O’Malley, Giancarlo da Miele, Luca Guerrieri, and Rocco Colangelo, we took the decision of migrating the photos currently shared via a common image sharing service to the web site. Since most of these shots are related to the documentation of projects and events that we manage, having the photos on the same site will make it simpler for you to find relevant connectiona across different posts and news items (and maintenance of the site will be simplified).

You can check out the available shots on

BuioMetria Partecipativa provides educational credits

Last October I received an e-mail from Carlo Nardi, MS in Environmental Sciences and chartered environmental guide from Treia, Central Italy. Carlo was one of our early days BuioMetria participants, using one of the sensors from our instrument pool for a few months. Then, in 2015, ho contacted us to ask if he could conduct a new round of measurements. On that occasion, we also had a meeting to discuss an actual, albeit informal, work plan.

Between 2015 and 2017 Carlo took several measurements of night sky quality, conducted a study on night sky brightness in his area, and documented his work with presentations in national and international conferences.

Based on this track record, certified by, the Italian Association of Environmental Guides (AIGAE) acknowledge six educational credits out of ten which he is supposed to collect each year as a part of his training program:

Given this outcome: if there are environmental guides who are interested to collaborate with BuioMetria Partecipativa and the network please contact us at:

Let’s reschedule elections in the EU (and in over 3800 Italian municipalities) for SOD19

The digital community known as “Spaghetti Open Data” (also identified as SOD) gathers with a mailing list several hundreds of Italian experts and activists who care about the promotion and the value chain of Open Data (“dati aperti”) in Italy, to the benefit of citizens, administrations, and enterprises.

Over the past years the community has added to a lot of online debate also physical gatherings, which have their paramount event in a three-day meet up. This has been held in the past in Bologna, Trento, and Palermo, and is scheduled for this year for May 24-25-26 in Milano. These dates happen to overlap with the elections for the European parliament, plus administrative voting for over 3800 municipalities in Italy (almost 50% of the country, by number of entities), thus impacting the grand finale of the SOD event.

The most obvious solution is to reschedule the date of these elections.

If in Pisa we have a leaning tower, and it is possible to walk on a rainbow, possibly this feat is not out of our reach, and you too can support it. Select your preferred date for the election from this doodle poll:

The dates which you will find in the above link have been proposed by a panel of experts in election dates, coordinated by Rocco Colangelo from the network (active since 1994 in the use and promotion of free and open software, data, and funky music).

As a second option, there is a possibility of considering for the May 26 agenda of SOD19 session dedicated to open data for the stateless.


Come to Tatti (Southern Tuscany) for the metalliferous version of the 2019 International Open Data Day

The Open Data Day is an international event, in its ninth edition, celebrating open data, and its meaning for governments, business, and society all over the world. If this sounds a bit geeky, consider that many public bodies have adopted for some years now open data policies, and that the private sector is not ignoring the topic. You may also check out this short video for an introduction to the topic (and to have a peek of Tatti in the first seconds). uses free/open-source software since 1994, and is actively promoting it since 2004 . In 2008 also started promoting open data, either by promoting specific OpenStreetMap initiatives (such as the m(‘)appare Milano) project, or by producing videos and other communication on this topic (or both).

M(‘)appare Milano, episode 1, Apr. 6, 2008

Also in 2008, the network started creating original data sets. First with the citizen science campaigns on night sky quality with BuioMetria Partecipativa (2009), then, in collaboration with various amateur astronomic observatories, with the creation of the Italian network for light pollution data collection (CORDILIT, since 2011). Our array of data grew then in 2014 with the Farma Valley Community Map, which was cited last year in a Worlb Bank report among 50 best practices of re-use of governmental data by local communities.
The bottom-up place name mapping is the story which proposes also in the 2019 edition of the Open Data Day, adding a new venue, following the Open Data Days in Piloni (2013) and Scansano-Torniella-Castelnuovo Val di Cecina (2017).

The first Tatti Community Map meetup (Dec. 14, 2018)

You can join us on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 6.00PM in Tatti (Southern Tuscany), this is the part of the metalliferous hills where you can see the sun set behind the Elba Island. The meetup will be at the “circolino”, a small community center, where we will continue to interview and digitizing work started last December in the Third Farma Valley Winter Fest. There is a geographic link between the Farma Valley and Tatti, since the Farma creek originates in fact just North of Tatti, very close to where the locals work and operate (in addition to personal relationships between these communities, encouraging us to merge these two maps).

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Florence, Feb 22-24, 2019, Hotel Lombardi: Culture, Environment, and Open Innovation from the Farma Valley and friends

NB: Participation to the event is free, but given the limited space and the possibility of “jazz improvisation” in parts of the schedule please write in advance to or +393317539228 to let us know when you may show up.

The network, in collaboration with Hotel Lombardi is organizing on Feb 22, 23, and 24 a set of experiences in Florence which will introduce you to a lesser known group of subjects operating since 2007 via the integration of rural issues, social innovation, communication technologies, and art.

If all this sounds strange, you can start “The Seeker” by the Who,
Vedi cara” by Francesco Guccini, or Supermarket covered by the Metalliferous Hills ione della Jug Band dalle Colline Metallifere. Once the soundtrack is running, you can visit random sections of the site, with news, project summaries, media coverage and more. Or you can give ten minutes of your time to read the network 2018 activity summary (see link).

Radio Popolare Milano, May 2015

This is not the first time that we are showing up in Florence. With some 130 presentations since 2008, we counted six or seven between Fortezza da Basso, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, the Oblate Library, and the Casa della Creatività. However, this is the first time we will be bringing products, offers of services, and people to represent them.

The breakfast room at Hotel Lombardi will become the set for a “micro-museum” with articles and works kindly lent by different subjects, listed below in stream of consciousnessmode:

Antica falegnameria di Roberto Serragli, Scalvaia (SI), Birrificio 26 Nero, Poggibonsi (born in Scalvaia), B.M. Mechanical Works, Torniella (GR), Pietro Crivelli painter, decorator, and guitarist from Piloni (but born in Florence), Az. Agricola Ixtlan (Tatti, GR), Az. Agricola Pacha Mama (Tatti, GR), Farma Valley and Tatti community maps, citizen science with BuioMetria Partecipativa, Picasso Viaggi (Venturina Terme), palla a 21 (o palla eh!), the game of panforte, the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band, IRIS Ambiente from S. Casciano V.P., hand-made prints and bread by Tattistampa, Etruschi from Lakota, Tana del Bianconiglio, Az. Agricola Loriano Bartoli (Pian d’Alma, Scarlino), Fabio Bettio from the Centre for Research, Development, and Advanced Studies in Sardinia, Bar Moderno Roccastrada, ASD Boxing Club Firenze.

Pietro Crivelli, M’Illumino di Meno 2017 a Gerfalco (Foto di Federico Giussani)

A “linear” version  of the same items will be the core of the presence during the fifth edition of TourismA . This is a national exhibition about archaeologic and cultural tourism, being held in the same days at the Florence Convention Centre. On the morning of Friday 22 will attend as a seller the “Buy Cultural Tourism” B2B session. On Saturday afternoon, will represent the network in a session on community-based management of cultural heritage. With these subjects, since 2007 we have been working to promote and protect various lesser know assets, leading to interesting results in the combination of socio-economic impact, media coverage, and international research and technology transfer collaborations.

Babbo Natale legge uno degli articoli sulle nostre storie (dicembre 2016).

The most progressive part of the event will in fact be held outside of TourismA, at Hotel Lombardi. This is run by Vincenzo and Valeria Albanese, originally from Torniella (one of the villages involved in our network), and is just a few steps away from the Florence Convention Centre. The hotel will serve for a couple of days as a demonstration and tasting space, allowing the public to learn about a series of experiences and subjects which are very difficult to meet, unless you are willing to dedicate several full days to explore a remote part of Tuscany (having in parallel the possibility of learning about connections of these places to Sardinia, Milano, free-open source geomatics and rock blues).

This initiative is intended to re-propose in Florence the third Farma Valley Winter Fest, held on Dec. 14-15-16 2019 in Tatti, Piloni, Torniella, and Scalvaia, integrating it with the presence of additional subjects from the Florence area.

Below is a schedule summarizing options to make contact with the network.

  • Fri. 22: PM in the TourismA space. Evening: Hotel Lombardi
  • Sat. 23: until 6PM in the TourismA space. From 6PM to 8PM at Hotel Lombardi, with some tasting of typical Southern Tuscany products (reservation required at or +393317539228 ).
  • Sun. 24: in the TourismA premises or at Hotel Lombardi

Participation to the event is free, but given the limited space and the possibility of “jazz improvisation” in parts of the schedule please write in advance to or +393317539228 to let us know when you may show

On the right side of this poster, a version of the network story as of February 2017, at the FOSS4G-IT conference in Genova.

On Feb. 23 the Farma Valley Winter Fest goes to Florence in a “bonsai” version

Between Dec. 14 and 16, 2018, the third Farma Valley Winter Fest was held in Southern Tuscany, in four hamlets halfway between Siena and Grosseto (Piloni, Torniella, Scalvaia, and Tatti).

The Farma creek “canaloni” during the Winter

The motto for the initiative was “three days of pici, love, and music”, recalling the Woodstock festival and a typical pasta from Southern Tuscany. The festival was launched in 2016 as an original way to animate a scarcely populated area (some 400 residents in 120 square kilometres) which in the Winter months is essentially seen as a wild boar hunting ground (which is ok, but may be integrated by other ideas). The festival is raising increasing interest, and in 2018 it saw the addition of a new location out of the valley: the village of Tatti, which in fact is related to it as it is just by the Farma creek springs.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, at Hotel Lombardi in Florence, via Fiume 8, the organizers of the Winter Fest, collaborating with some subjects from the Florence area, will propose an adaptation of the mid-December event, tailoring it to the size of a budget hotel close to the Santa Maria Novella railway station, and fitting to an eight-hour schedule the program which in the Farma Valley was proposed in three days.

Attendance is free, but to you need to register in advance by sending an e-mail to  or calling +393317539228 by Feb. 20, 2019.

During the event it will be possible to review the network activities held in 2018, and to brainstorm on new projects being developed for 2019, especially in relation to the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band and PORGEP 2019. We can do this in Italian (if you speak it or would like to improve it), English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish (for a start).

vintage moustache for vintage guitars.

Coming to the Florence event will enable you to (1) help compose the free/open source community maps of the Farma Valley and Tatti, (2) play “panforte”, (3) see the rendering of prehistoric Sardinian monuments, (4) dance some twist, (5) try to rock-made nutcrackers, (6) learn more about prehistoric quarries, medieval iron works, protected and non-protected species; (7) get acquainted with night sky promotion and protection initiatives where rural bartenders are co-authors with senior researchers in international publications; (8) use ancient carpenter tools, (9) listen to some badass riff played with a vintage Eko guitas (or play it directly, if willing and able). But, most of all(10) try to play with the ball of an ancient game, forbidden by Florentine laws in the 13th century, but still routinely played in our home locations.

…this is just to mention the main attractions which will be presented. If you then browse the News section for, you may review what happened at the last Winter Fest and get an idea of what may occur in Florence in a few days. For this we are redirecting you to the Italian version of the site, since things were spinning so fast that we could not handle the real-time translation of our material: and you can then switch to the English version again.

Photographic evidence of the fact that ugliness and beauty can co-exist in the same space (just kidding, Vincenzo!)

How will all this fit in a 25-square metre breakfast hall and one single room? This is our part of the business. You can start by saving the date: “Florence, via Fiume 8” for Feb. 23. We are working on the hours of the event in the meantime. The core happening will be between 6 and 8PM. You should expect to find an exhibition and some information material starting early PM. Next Monday we expect to issue a more detailed schedule.

The Farma Valley Winter Fest in Florence is an idea by in collaboration with Hotel Lombardi, and various partners…a full list will be provided at the end of the event since it is in a very lively state during the preparations.

The Feb. 23 event also reconnects to a preview of the festival given in the same location on Nov 15, 2018 (article in Italian, with photos).

If all this is enticing you and you want to learn why/how this is happening, feel free to browse the org site, send an email to or call +393317539228.Informazioni e contatti stampa: Andrea Giacomelli – – 3317539228

Feb. 16, 2019: @ “Non ci resta che leggere!”

Non ci resta che leggere is a periodic event promoted by the Massa Marittima, Southern Tuscany, public library to propose reading recommendations. There is a keynote presenter, and then anybody (who has made a proposal in advance) is allowed three minutes to present a book of his/her preference. will be proposing a book which I am systematically proposing to people since 2014.

2018 Activity Summary of the Network: Services on Culture, Environment, and Open Innovation

A two-page summary presenting the 2018 network activities is available (download PDF).

The same document provides a brief presentation of the network, and of how this developed starting from 2006, in the combination of urban sprawls, rural areas, ancient games, post-modern technologies, tattoos, covers of 1911 blues songs, sandwiches with marinate anchovies, beatboxing, boxing, and…

…know-how and expertise which apparently has a certain level of inspiration, as demonstrated by various testimonials and the media coverage concerning our stories.

It will help to complement the report with

  • the presentation of the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band project, for its “geomusical” aspects.
  • A review of the characters you will find under the “Collaborations” section
  • the homepage: each time you load this you get ten random posts from our blog (with over 1000 posts), if you would like to follow on of our stories, but don’t know where to start from

For more information, or inquiries: or +39 331 7539 228