New publication: Italian museums during #museumweek 2016

This is a short post to say that my new paper on Italian Museums during #museumweek 2016 has just been published in the first issue of Archeostorie (open access). This paper argues that more data analysis is required in order to develop a better awareness of museums’ audiences on social media. I used the case study of Italian Museums during Museum Week, particularly during the … Continue reading New publication: Italian museums during #museumweek 2016

Data mining to understand the image of a city

I am happy to share a bit more of the work I have been doing in Liverpool in the last months, with Dr Beatriz Garcia at the Institute of Cultural Capital. As part of the ‘Liverpool 2018’ research project, which investigates the longitudinal impact of the European Capital of Culture Award for the city of Liverpool (which held the title in 2008), I have been … Continue reading Data mining to understand the image of a city

Digital Invasion of Little Italy, Manchester

In the last month, me and two friends researched the history of Manchester’s Little Italy, an area of Ancoats which used to be the centre of the Italian community between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. All our work fed into a tour we organised in the context of Invasioni Digitali, an Italian initiative to crowd-source our cultural heritage and … Continue reading Digital Invasion of Little Italy, Manchester

‘Big data, Better data?’ workshop

Last Monday, I had the chance to participate in the workshop ‘Big Data, Better Data’, organised by the Culture Metrics research project. So, here my ramblings inspired by it, but for a precise review of the workshop and other related posts check the project blog.

During this workshop, I presented my work on the spinning statuette, an Egyptian statuette recorded spinning on itself in its case in the Manchester Museum. The video went viral in summer 2013 and I am examining online and on site reactions to the episode in a chapter of my thesis. Presenting this work in a Big Data workshop was an interesting experience, since in the past I had presented it at archaeology conferences, focusing on the influence of popular representation of archaeology emerging from social media comments (at TAG Bournemouth 2013) or on the use of the notion of ‘magic’ to explain the statue’s rotation (at TAG Manchester 2014).

This time, instead, I was supposed to discuss it as a sort of big data case-study: I guess I was totally surprised to be invited to this workshop, since I’d never thought before I was actually dealing with big data. And indeed, this was one of the questions that emerged in the discussion: is my analysis really based on big data? Continue reading “‘Big data, Better data?’ workshop”

New exhibition on the Nike of Samothrace

The restoration of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, began in September 2013, was concluded last summer when the statue was redisplayed on the monumental Daru staircase.

IMG_3553The project (here the details) was in itself very interesting for its successful use of crowdfunding: out of the 4 million Euros needed, 1 million had been donated by individual donors, over a period of three months, through the ad hoc platform Tous mécènes! (which is now still in use for other crowdfunding campaigns by the Louvre).

This week, it has been announced a new fantastic exhibition on this statue, detailing the new data emerged from the project: it will be open until June, and it really looks like a must go! Continue reading “New exhibition on the Nike of Samothrace”

Skiing and Big Data

This year a new free app by Dolomiti Superski allows checking your own performance after a day of skiing and establishing your ‘wellbeing factor’.

Once you have inserted the code on your skipass ticket, the app will show you a short animation with all the lifts you have taken. Briefly, you can reconstruct your skiing day based on when you have checked in at a lift: the only data needed is your skipass number, because the system checks your skipass ID with the data collected at the barriers. Obviously therefore, it won’t tell the exact slopes you’ve done: it is impossible for the system to know whether you were skiing on the right or left of the lift, which slopes in succession have you done (especially given the wide range of possibility offered by all the Dolomiti Superski carousels). Continue reading “Skiing and Big Data”

Wikitude and Archaeology (and museums?)

I’ve mentioned in the previous post that I’ve recently discovered a couple of fantastic apps. In the previous post, I’ve also spoken of Aurasma, an AR application for linking multimedia content to a static image. In this post, I’m looking at a second AR software: Wikitude. This software has also won many prizes as the best Augmented Reality Browser. In this case, it is a … Continue reading Wikitude and Archaeology (and museums?)


Thanks to a presentation by Marco Valenti, Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Siena, at the recent PublicArchaeology in Italy Conference, two new fantastic apps. Actually, he spoke also of others apps, but in this blog I’ll discuss only two of them, one in this post, the second one here. The first one is Aurasma, an augmented reality platform, which allows linking multimedia … Continue reading Aurasma

Digitale Tråde

This year I’ve been to the EAA (European Association of Archaeologists) conference in Helsinki. There were many interesting papers, and I’ve definitely learnt a lot. In this post, I’d like to write about a geo-based application that has been developed in Denmark by the Museum Midtjylland and the Alexandra Instituttet. The app is called Digitale Tråde and it has been built in order to expand … Continue reading Digitale Tråde

Geoblog Percorsi Emotivi ("Emotional Routes" geotagging Bologna)

In another post I have recalled my recent visit to the Museum of the City of Bologna, which was very interesting. However, in this blogpost, I would like to focus especially on the section “Percorsi Emotivi” (“Emotional Routes”). This is a geo-blog project, where visitors are invited to tag a map of the city with their emotions. They can do this on-site, where many post-it … Continue reading Geoblog Percorsi Emotivi ("Emotional Routes" geotagging Bologna)

My list about museums

This is a list of dedicated to museums and museology: mdoness museum paper  Museology Museums and the web  Museum News Daily  Museum Planning  Museum Professionals museums recommanded from  Museum Today #museum Museum Walk Museums Worldwide The Festival of Museums Daily The Museums are Great! Daily The museum-community Weekly  The Museums Daily  The Museum Traveller  Virtual Museum What’s new in museums World Museum News … Continue reading My list about museums