Daniel Graziotin

Researching, teaching, understanding people in Software Engineering

As a software and Web engineer, I learned that the most important challenge to be addressed in any software development endeavor is understanding people. In order to figure out this deeply, I am pursuing a PhD at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, where I deal with the human aspects of software development. There, I consume and produce much knowledge. Which is not free at all.

I believe that knowledge sharing is the key towards a better world. In order for this to happen, knowledge must be free.

Daniel Graziotin

Here is how I free up knowledge.


As a PhD student, the majority of my working day is spent performing research activities. I committed to make 100% of my published research as open access (green or gold), so that anybody in the world can read it for free. My research activities spread to different disciplines, especially software engineering, web engineering, psychology, and science policy.



Knowledge is source-code, too. Given my strong background in Computer Science and programming, I have produced several software projects, which I committed to make openly available (either as open-source or free software). In this way, anybody in the world can study my produced source-code, learn from it, and build upon it.



Being involved with a university implies teaching, too. Teaching activities require quite some work, especially in the production of lecture materials. I committed to make all my teaching materials as freely available. In this way, anybody in the world can read the material, learn from it, correct my mistakes, and build upon it. This is knowledge-sharing.



Things will not happen if we do not make them happen. Besides committing to open up any knowledge I produce, I dedicate some time in volunteering activities. Most of them are dedicated to freeing up knowledge. This is also why I joined the Open Knowledge Foundation, and I am setting up the Open Science Italia working group.


My latest ramblings

Joining The Winnower

I am proud to join The Winnower, a revolutionary open science project, as Web software engineer and advisor. The Winnower is an innovative open science publishing platform-i.e., an academic journal-that employs open post-publication peer review. The platform aims to...

Announcing mbpfan-v1.7.0

The last update to mbpfan happened almost 1 year and a half ago. Besides having little time to invest in this project, I had the issue of not possessing a Macbook anymore. One week ago, my faculty assigned me a shiny new Macbook Pro 11,1. Just in time, because the new...

Review: Scientometrics

As there are some proposals to write consumer reports of academic journals, I started to write reviews of journals I publish in. Together with Xiaofeng Wang and Pekka Abrahamsson, I recently published an article in Scientometrics. Scientometrics describes itself as an...

rchiveit 1.4.0

I am pleased to announce the availability of rchiveit v1.4.0. This version corrects a few minor bugs, including one when a journal has more than one publishers. It removes the quite annoying scrollTo action, which used to happen before the results where returned....

For accomplishing this, I need coffee.