BuioMetria Partecipativa (participatory night sky monitoring)

(Since February 2008)

In 2008 I created and launched the  BuioMetria Partecipativa (BMP) project.

The project is a combination of awareness raising, participatory light pollution monitoring, and promotion of dark-sky areas.

It is primarily focused on Italy in terms of monitoring area, but operates on an international scale in terms of vision and relations.

The project includes a web-GIS for an interface for data upload, visualization, reporting, and download. The project also has a robust communication plan, including numerous outreach events in Italy and abroad.

The project has undergone several phases:

  • Feb. – May 2008: Idea and design (Giacomelli, Giubbilini, Delucchi)
  • Summer 2008 – Spring 2011: activities in a “non structured” mode (Giacomelli, Giubbilini, Delucchi)
  • Spring 2011 – end of 2012: continuation of the activity with the creation of Attivarti.org as a managing organisation, and launch of the  CORDILIT network (fixed rather than hand-held sensors). (Giacomelli, Giubbilini, Costa, Lombardelli)
  • Early 2013 – end of 2016: in addition to the work under the  Attivarti.org hat, we were invited in the  Loss of the Night Network (ES-1204 Action of the EU COST programme), with the role of primary Management Committee member representing Italy. (Giacomelli, Spinosi, Pocci, Bartalucci)
  • Following the Farma Valley Winter Fest, the project enters a phase, currently under definition during Winter 2016-2017. This is currently referred to as “BuioMetria Partecipativa Reloaded”.
  • In May 2017 a memorandum of understanding was signed between Attivarti.org (the NGO managing the non-profit part of the project) and the Institute of Biometeorology of the Italian Research Council. This follows a similar document signed with the University of Pisa at the end of 2015 (see article on the International Journal of Sustainable Lighting, Feb. ’17).
  • The main activity for 2018 was the organization and promotion (together with CNR IBIMET and University of Pisa) of a Symposium on protection and promotion of night sky, held on Capraia Island (Tuscany)
  • …check out the “News/blog” sections of pibinko.org and Attivarti.org (generally maintained both in Italian and English)

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