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EU funding

ROUTE-TO-PA “Raising Open and User-friendly Transparency-Enabling Technologies fOr Public Administrations” – Horizon 2020

ROUTE-TO-PA is an innovative multidisciplinary project which, thanks to the contribution of experts and researchers in the field of digital administration, information technology and economics, aims to improve the impact, in society and among citizens, of information and communication technologies that promote transparency. These technologies will increase the involvement of citizens making them able to interact on open data, entering into existing online communities or creating new ones, in which common interests are shared and in which topics of importance are discussed with regard, for example, to local politics, the provision of services or standards.

LEAD “Technology-enhanced Learning and
Problem-solving Discussions: Networked Learning Environments in the Classroom” – VI Programma Quadro FP6-2004-IST-4

The LEAD project focuses on a specific type of cognitive learning activity based on the solution of collaborative problems. The fundamental objective consists in the development of a software system capable of supporting face-to-face discussions, in order to promote learning and knowledge, not only through the use of computers, but also through collaboration and interaction between groups. In this context, the development of face-to-face (synchronous) cooperation techniques, technologies and methodologies is the role of the unit of the Computer Science Department of the University of Salerno, coordinated by Vittorio Scarano. The main result is a platform for the development of cooperative systems (Cooperative Face2Face Educational Environment, CoFFEE), released with open-source license to the scientific community and educators, extensible and programmable.

WHITE “Web for Handicap Integrated Training Environment” LEONARDO

Development of software systems to contribute to the improvement of educational / training systems in order to provide help and support to people with physical handicaps (especially people with sight impairments). The objective of the project is to contribute to the development of a software system capable of providing advanced services in order to make web browsing more accessible for all users, without limits or barriers even by users with disabilities ( motor and visual), suffering from pathologies such as low vision, color blindness, low cognitive abilities, etc.

National funding

PAUN “Parco Archeologico Urbano Napoli” del Distretto ad Alta Tecnologia per i Beni Culturali DATABENC – POR Regione Campania

The project aims to lay the foundations for the realization of the City Archological Park of the City of Naples by defining its initial location in the archaeological site of Piazza Municipio. An Urban Archaeological Park is based on the assumption that without knowledge there is no lasting exploitation and without protection there is no patrimony to transmit to future generations. One of the main objectives is, therefore, to satisfy the need for information and services relating to cultural heritage through ways that favor the innovation of protection and enhancement systems. In this sense, each of the project objectives intends to give life to an interaction of skills and knowledge, creating a synergistic solution to different needs of the region’s cultural sector. The project runs according to 3 interconnected lines of action:

VASARI “VAlorizzazione Smart del patrimonio ARstistico delle città Italiane” – MIUR

As part of an increasingly broader national strategy for enhancing the immense artistic and cultural heritage, the VASARI project brings together the most recent innovations in digital technologies to radically change the activities of exploitation, use and management of works of ar , both museum and open air. At the center of this ambitious goal is a paradigm shift with respect to the approach followed so far: VASARI builds a new cultural space in which the physical spaces of museums and historical sites with their heritage of works are integrated into the digital space of content and cultural services and interconnected in a multi-site logic. The guest and the works are at the center of this space in which knowledge, use and participation by citizens and tourists is favored, and the management, enhancement and cooperation by cultural institutions is facilitated.

WEBMINDS “Wide-scalE, Broadband, MIddleware for Network Distributed Services” – MIUR

The main objective of the project was the study and development of a middleware infrastructure that provides secure, reliable and continuously available support for access to information by fixed and mobile terminals, demonstrating its effectiveness through applications shared access and data and multimedia content delivery. The architecture provides a multiplicity of autonomous and geographically distributed servers and proxies, cooperating with each other also according to the peer-to-peer paradigm, to provide multiple services such as data storage, access and updating in a scalable, easily reconfigurable form to the needs.

TOCAI “Tecnologie Orientate alla Conoscenza per la Aggregazione di imprese su Internet” (“Knowledge-oriented technologies for business aggregation on the Internet”) – MIUR

The project intends to study and develop innovative solutions that guarantee value for the territory and for the cultural and landscape assets that insist on it and at the same time render the response of that unique resource, through the use of new technologies. The main objectives of the project can be summarized in the study and prototyping of an innovative ICT architecture – cloud, mobile and web based – which, thanks to the declination of the “Internet of Things” paradigm, allows to provide “intelligence” to a given context. Given the heterogeneity and multiplicity of the scenarios and areas in which the CHIS platform is applicable, it will be necessary to define those that are the requisites required for a given space in order to be considered “smart”, requirements that will then translate into specific implementation for the ICT platform.

Campania SNECS “Social Network delle Entità dei Centri Storici” (“Social Network of Historic Center Entities”) of the High Technology District for Cultural Heritage DATABENC – POR Campania Region

The research project intends to collect and transmit the contents of scientific knowledge of an artistic, archaeological, literary, historical-philosophical nature on the territory of Campania, with particular emphasis on historical centers, activating and testing new strategies for their representation, organization, dissemination and promotion based on paradigms of technological intelligence, which represent the challenges of Smart cities and Smart environment, which the European community asks to collect. The technological equipment, composed of networks, cloud computing, open data (open data) and distributed sensors represents the enabling factor for the construction of ecosystems with an intelligence capable of supporting transparency and economic growth, or to coordinate economic development models and of real and participatory territorial governance.

INNOVA “Centro Regionale di Competenza per lo Sviluppo ed il trasferimento dell’Innovazione Applicata ai Beni Culturali ed Ambientali” – POR Regione Campania

The Competence Center aims to create a network that integrates and strengthens groups of researchers that refer to all the technical-scientific areas involved in the development and transfer of innovation to the Cultural and Environmental Heritage. Objective of the activities coordinated by Vittorio Scarano is to study and apply technologies and design methodologies of 3D environments that prove to be sufficiently stable and settled to be used for the realization of 3D representations to be associated with cultural resources usable remotely and locally with terminals of different capacity.

From the territory to virtual reality: the Fisciano campus in its reference context

This multidisciplinary project aims at the construction of virtual environments, usable locally or remotely, in collaboration and in real time, on the campus of the University of Salerno, together with relevant places in the geographical and historical / archaeological reference context. Researchers from 4 departments of the University of Salerno participate: Department of Computer Science and Applications, Department of Educational Sciences, Department of Cultural Heritage and Department of Environmental and Territorial Studies.

Shared fruition of cultural resources on the WWW (Campania Region)

Design of a system for sharing comments on cultural resources on the WWW.

Structured Collaboration by CoFFEE in Jazz ( (IBM Jazz Innovation Award 2008)

Collaborative tools offered by CoFFEE are integrated into the Jazz architecture to offer advanced synchronous collaboration to the designers team.(April 2009 – March 2010)