Dear All, this would be my last post in this website. As you probably know in few days (to be precise starting October 1, 2015) I will be part of the Department of Mathematics at University of Trento. My new personal webpage is already available (but under construction) at Please come to visit me. And, perhaps, see you in Trento.

Claudio Agostinelli

by Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man going a lone highway,

Came, at the evening cold and gray,

To a chasm vast and deep and wide.

Through which was flowing a sullen tide

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,

The sullen stream had no fear for him;

But he turned when safe on the other side

And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,

“You’re wasting your strength with building here;

Your journey will end with the ending day,

You never again will pass this way;

You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,

Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head;

“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,

“There followed after me to-day

A youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm that has been as naught to me,

To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;

Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

International Day Against DRM - Tuesday, May 6th

On May 6th, the world comes together to say no to Digital Restrictions Management.

Get involved!

Call is open for Phd positions @unive, information are available at

An introduction to the Phd Program in Management is avalilable here.

Seminar: Circular Statistics with R

Lecturer: Prof. Arthur Pewsey, Escuela Politécnica, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain

Place and time: Monday Dec 2nd at 11 a.m. (first class) Room B, Santa Marta.

Seminar: An Introduction to Time Series Analysis with R

Lecturer: Prof. Lucia Aguilar Zuil, Escuela Politécnica, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain

Place and time: Monday Dec 2nd at 11 a.m. (first class) Room F, Dept of Ecomonics, San Giobbe.

Happy Birthday GNU!

The GNU system is thirty years old today!


I would like to share with you the below email I got today. Claudio

30 years ago, Richard Stallman published the announcement that would launch the free software movement.

Celebrate software freedom online and at events being held all around the world. Visit our [Web page][1] to register for the big shebang in Boston, take action online, and learn about satellite events being held around the world.

  1. Celebrate online with GNU-a-Days and more

Looking for an easy way to get in on the fun and support software freedom? Check out our [GNU-a-Days][1], daily challenges you can take throughout the month of September. Show your GNU pride by grabbing our special 30th anniversary Web badge for your site or profile picture. You can also make a [special 30th anniversary donation][2] to ensure that the GNU system enters its next decade stronger than ever. It's all at [our special GNU 30th Web page][1].

  1. 30th anniversary celebration and hackathon in Cambridge

Have you [registered][3] for the big anniversary bash on September 27 - 29 in Cambridge, MA yet?

GNU system founder Richard Stallman will be there, as will many of GNU's early participants and the maintainers of GNU projects.

In addition to cake and special remarks from Richard Stallman, the anniversary celebration will take the form of a hackathon. The hackathon will focus on important needs for free software in today's Internet-based world. Hackathon participants will include many GNU projects and other free software projects that fit the theme. They

include: coreboot, Gnash, GNOME, GNU FM, GNU MediaGoblin?, GNU social,

Tahoe-LAFS, Tor, and others.

  1. Satellite events

GNU supporters all over the world are planning their own celebrations, and we've listed them all on the [30th anniversary page][1]. Events are currently in the works in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh; Kitchener, Canada; Prague, Czech Republic; Paris, France; and Tokyo, Japan. Check back often for new additions. To host a satellite event in your area, contact <>.

No matter who you are or where you live, we hope you'll find a way to celebrate the [30th anniversary of the GNU system][1].

Happy Hacking,

Libby Reinish FSF Campaigns Manager on behalf of GNU

[1]: "GNU's 30th anniversary" [2]: "Support the FSF" [3]: "GNU 30th anniversary celebration and hackathon"

Valutazione e università, i sociologi tedeschi boicottano i ranking accademici

Una collega del Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati, Francesca Coin ha scritto sul suo blog un post interessante, puoi leggerlo qui.

Usa: laureati pagati solo 10 dollari l’ora? Class action contro le università

Negli Stati Uniti gli avvocati Strauss e Anziska portano avanti la denuncia collettiva degli studenti di una ventina di facoltà, ritenute colpevoli di avere “violato le leggi a tutela dei consumatori diffondendo dati falsi circa le percentuali di laureati che trovano lavoro dopo i loro diplomi”

Leggi l'articolo intero qui.

Close Windows, Open Doors