San Francisco is a beautiful city. With at least 2 to 3 major tech events taking place here every week and a whole bunch of other exciting stuff from business meetups to live jazz, you never get bored. From Monday the 24th to Thursday 27th it hosted the 9th International Data Curation Conference with the eloquent title “Commodity, catalyst or change-agent? Data-driven transformations in research, education, business & society”. A well established conference which attracted this year about 230 delegates from libraries, university labs and research institutions from all over the world including some heavy names like The British Library, Microsoft Research, Elsevier, NSF and top universities from N. America, Europe and Australia.
I bought my first computer back in 1984. It was one of the first models of, the iconic today, ZX Spectrum. A home computer that probably launched the revolution of personal computing in Europe (along with other memorable brands like Commodore, Amstrad, BBC and a few others).
Across the Atlantic, Steve Jobs and Steven Wozniac were already disrupting the industry for about a decade, and had significant success with Apple II series. (An Apple IIc was actually my second computer). IBM and Microsoft responded with the launch of the first IBM PC in 1981, which soon became a standard. Mac made its debut almost exactly 30 years ago (January 25th, 1984) and soon became one of the most loved technology apparatus out there. It didn’t have users, it had fans and devotees. It was appealing, easy to use, elegant, beautiful. It was loveable. This is still the case for all Apple products. Read the rest of this entry »
January is a month full of challenges. The new year finds Europe (at least its South) still in a deep crisis. Not only an economic crisis, but also a political one. Unfortunately, despite some good news, one swallow does not make a spring. But instead of moaning we can focus on new ideas and opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »
I was lucky enough to visit Paris, just a few weeks before Christmas. After a long walk by the Seine, enjoying the bright lights of this big city, I sat at one of those typical bistros, by the river. As it happens many times, when I’m travelling alone, I thought back to my first trips to Europe, when I started working in EU research projects.
Although I originally got involved in research and development (R&D) projects back in 1999, my major work started about 7 years ago, with the first calls of the FP7 programme, so I cannot really claim decades of experience in the subject. Nevertheless, I had the privilege of working in a few quite big and significant projects with some of the best scientists and researchers in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »