Monthly Archives: June 2022

The JBCM Mission to Groningen: How did it go?

Between June 27 and July 2 a delegation from the Jug Band Colline Metallifere composed by Jack O’Malley and Mauro Tirannosauro attended the ninth Living Knowledge conference in Groningen (The Netherlands). The scope of the mission was to give an art-based presentation (i.e. a “ConcerPT”) to present the JBCM project to an audience of scientists and educators. You can find the abstract of our proposed presentation in this article.

This was also the first appearance of Mauro Tirannosauro at a Conference: he was introduced to several experts and project managers, and he is now evaluating an intercontinental T-rex tour in 2023.

The presentation took place on the second day of the conference. On Day 1 Jack, following the program proposed in the presentation abstract, managed to recruit a number of participants who had musical instruments with them. Flo from Leipzig and Jako from Groningen actually performed in some of the songs of the presentation. At the end of the day, the same band also proposed a little street music session also materialized just outside of the Harmony Building:

One of the spin-offs following the JBCM presentation

Mauro Tirannosauro also had the possibility of interviewing one of the conference organizers:

After a night train trip returning to Milano, Jack reached Dario and Simone in Cassine (close to Alessandria), for a concert….so: concerts + concepts = concerPTs.

More events with the Jug Band Colline Metallifere in its full formation, also including Wolfgang Scheibe and guests, will be taking place in July and August (and more activities are being planned after the Summer). The Summer events will be in Tuscany: if you, your friends or acquaintances will be travelling in the region, and you are interested to reach on of them please contact us.

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Mauro Tirannosauro has arrived in Groningen for the Living Knowledge Conference

Mauro Tirannosauro, with his colleague Jack O’Malley arrived this morning in Groningen (The Netherland) to attend the Living Knowledge with a presentation about the Jug Band Colline Metallifere project (see article).

This is the first time that Mauro is travelling in Europe (he relocated from New York City to the Tuscan Metalliferous Hills in March 2020 and he stopped there to collaborate with his JBCM friends).

The presentation is scheduled from 2.15PM to 3PM on Thursday, June 30. In the meantime here are a couple of shots of Mauro’s arrival… in the header image his registration to the conference, and a few moments in preparation for tomorrow’s session.

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Header photo credits: Christien Koopstra

The final program of the Living Knowledge conference is available (with the JBCM concerPT)

We have received today an email announcing that the final program of the ninth “Living Knowledge” has been published. This will be in Groningen, The Netherland, from June 29 to July 1.

On June 30 between 2.15 and 3PM Jack O’Malley with will give a show-presentation (what we call a concerPT) to explain to the participant (around 300 are registered) the JBCM project and to present our territories with maps, prints, sensors and songs.

Stay tuned for more details on this mission…in the meantime you may check the conference program on:

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The Jug Band Colline Metallifere will perform at the FOSS4G Conference (Florence, Aug. 24, 2022)

The FOSS4G conference is the largest international event in the field of free and open software and data. It is organized by OSGEO, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. It has reached its twentieth edition and, before the pandemic, it was gathering over one thousand experts from all over the worldG. The next in-presence edition will be from August 22 to August 28 in Florence, and there are expectations for a major event.

La JBCM (featuring Klaus der Geiger on violin), in one of its concerPTs.

The Jug Band Colline Metallifere will be at the FOSS4G conference, performing with one of its concerPTS in the icebreaking event on Wednesday, August 24:

If you are professionals or students in the field of geomatics, or in disciplines where you could use free/open maps, and woud like to learn more about this, come to the conference (registration information is available here).

It should be noted that:

Jack O’Malley, one of the components of the JBCM, under the name of Andrea Giacomelli, was in 2007 one of the founders of the Italian OSGEO Chapter ( Between 2007 and 2010 he acted as the communication officer for the chapter, launching various campaigns which were considered quite creative, such as:

In 2017, at the FOSS4G-Italy conference in Genoa, with Simone Sandrucci and Dario Canal we gave a presentation which was the precursor to the format that we have subsequently been shaping with the Jug Band Colline Metallifere. You can find here a report of that event, and below a video from the session where the poster was proposed:

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