Category Archives: Scientific Publications

An Italian interdisciplinary citizen observatory for the protection and promotion of night skies on year 12 of its evolution: challenges and opportunities from a Digital Earth perspective

The proceedings of the 11th Symposium of the International Society for Digital Earth, held in September 2019 in Florence, Italy, have been published. In the proceedings you also find an article about the presentation given by Andrea Giacomelli (co-authored by Elena Maggi and Luciano Massetti) on BuioMetria Partecipativa.

The article is available from this page (DOI:

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Citizen observatories are community-based systems that can complement official networks for environmental data collection. This study proposes the case of a Citizen Observatory on light pollution, developed in Tuscany since 2008. Starting from the collection of measurement by volunteers, the observatory is now composed by a heterogeneous array of subjects (two research institutions, two rural communities, a rock-blues band, and a professional photographer) operating from local to international level through its connection with the international scientific community. This collaboration produced several outcomes: light pollution monitoring campaigns, numerous outreach events for raising citizen awareness on light pollution and its consequences and for the promotion of dark sky areas, input to global level position papers and scientific publications, the organization of an international Symposium on promotion and protection of the night sky.

An article on dark skies and artificial light in the CNR Book on the Year of Light

The Italian National Research Council published a book with contributions from various institutes which during 2015 were active in the International Year of Light.

This volume also contains a chapter on “Dark skies and artificial light at night” by Luciano Massetti, Francesco Sabatini (IBIMET Firenze) and Andrea Giacomelli (

The book is available in digital format from:

BMP Poster at the International Astronomy Union General Assembly in Beijing, China

This poster was presented at the International Astronomical Union assembly in Beijing, China, in August 2012 …we can’t post a full resolution version to this site, but if you download the image you should get a readable copy of the file.

You may also check our greetings to the IAU 2012 attendees, visit the full BuioMetria Partecipativa web site, or just send an e-mail if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.

June 21, 2011: A European Perspective on Digital Earth

Publication of the article following the January 2010 JRC workshop where I was invited during the “Capo Danno” Fest I organized in Torniella for the New Year’s Eve:


The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the definition of a European perspective on Digital Earth (DE), identify some actions that can contribute to raise the awareness of DE in the European context and thus strengthen the European contribution to the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE). The paper identifies opportunities and synergies with the current policy priorities in Europe (Europe 2020, Innovation Union and Digital Agenda) and highlights a number of key areas to advance the development of DE from a European perspective: (1) integrating scientific research into DE; (2) exploiting the Observation Web with human-centred sensing; and (3) governance, including the establishment of stronger linkages across the European landscape of funding streams and initiatives. The paper is offered also as a contribution to the development of this new vision of DE to be presented at the next International DE Conference in Perth, Australia, in August 2011. The global recognition of this new vision will then reinforce the European component and build a positive feedback loop for the further implementation of DE across the globe.

Keywords: Digital Earth, Europe, Observation Web, volunteered geographic information