Relationship between SpagoWorld initiative and Universities

Engineering Group, the company which created and manages SpagoWorld initiative, has always been collaborating with universities and individual students. We believe that open source software can and should be used in the educational field, not because it is free of cost, but because it can be a formative base for the Information Technology professionals of tomorrow. SpagoWorld support team has always been glad to take part in workshops and presentations at universities, and to support training stages and students' master degree thesis.

Here below, we mention some consolidated relationships between Engineering Group and some universities or individual professors, significant results and demonstrations at different universities and master degree courses.


University of Padua, Italy

Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences - Computer Science Degree
Faculty of Statistics - Degree in Statistics and Information Technology

The collaboration with these faculties, through professor Susi Dulli, has given rise to several demonstrations on SpagoBI project during some courses on Data Mining (Post-graduate degree in Computer Science) and on Business Information Systems (Degree in Statistics).
Gabriele Ruffatti, member of SpagoWorld Executive Board, worked as an Adjunct Professor at this University (Post-graduate degree course in Computer Science) on open source themes, during the academic years 2006-07 and 2007-08.

These collaborations have give several important results, such as:

  • Some contributions (bug fixing) to Spago software by some students attending the Computer Science Degree:
    • SPAGO-28: SourceBean should use JAXP to discover a SAX parser by Enrico Pilotto
    • SPAGO-31: The method to XML of the SourceBean doesn't handle properly multivalue attributes by Luca Rossi
  • Some contributions to SpagoBI demo (some analysis of the Inventory area) by some students of the post-graduate Computer Science degree:
    • Academic year 2006-07: Fabio Gallonetto e Carlo Tomba
    • Academic year 2007-08: Andrea Baldovin, Erika Contiero, Andrea Gazzi, Nicola Bertazzo, Federico Dal Maso
  • A contribution (bug-fixing) to Spagic software by Claudio Carbone:
    • Spagic-131: Optimize the creation of the queue connection in the class AuditingExchangeAsyncListener
  • Three post-graduate degree thesis in Computer Science at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences:
    • I metadati nel Data Warehouse: un prototipo per SpagoBI di modellazione OLAP e rappresentazione CWM by Giulio Gavardi (download here)
    • EII: Integrazione tra i dati georeferenziati e di business intelligence per la piattaforma SpagoBI by Nicodemo Valerio (download here)
    • Generazione di grafi in Business Process Management Notation by Erika Contiero (download here)
  • Three degree thesis at the Faculty of Statistical Science:
    • SpagoBI e PentahoBI: Due software Open Source per la Business Intelligence by Roberto Marchetto (download here)
    • Business Activity Monitoring e la Business Intelligence - BAM e BI con soluzioni Open Source by Stefano Donin (download here)
    • Open Source software quality analysis environment by Patrick Masiero (download here).

Faculty of Information Engineering
Post-graduate degree in Innovation and Project Management

Since 2005 Engineering Group has been collaborating with prof. Moreno Muffatto presenting open source themes to the students attending the degree courses of Economy and Enterprise Management, Information Economy and presenting innovation and open source to those of the first-level master degree in Innovation and Project Management. The collaboration with this faculty has brought some important results, such as:

  • A post-graduate degree thesis at the Faculty of Information Engineering, Computer Science degree:
    • Aree di misura ed Indicatori per l'applicazione open source Spago4Q: estrazione dei dati per il monitoraggio del processo di sviluppo del software - by Nicola Salier (download here)

Faculty of Engineering - Degree in Computer Science Engineering

The collaboration with this Faculty, through prof. Moreno Muffatto has given several important results such as:

  • Some post-graduate degree thesis in Computer Science Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering:
    • Competitive Intelligence nella Pubblica Amministrazione: il caso dell'e-Government - by Giovanni Minelle (download here)
    • Progettazione di un Service Recommended System basato su Intelligenza Collettiva - by Marco Zanchetta (download here)
    • Location Intelligence: sviluppo del cruscotto di gestione dell'e-Government Intelligence di Regione Veneto con software open source - by Alessio De Rossi (download here)

University of Milan, Italy

Since a long time, Engineering Group has been collaborating with the Department of Information Technologies of the University of Milan and with the Didactic and Research Pole of Crema, through prof. Ernesto Damiani. This collaboration has given rise to:

  • didactic collaboration, presentations and demonstrations on open source, training services and collaboration for graduation thesis
  • joint activities within the OW2 BI Initiative
  • joint research activities, through the SESAR research group
  • contribution to the development of Spago4Q platform and consulting services in the definition of the reference model

The collaboration with this faculty has brought some further important results, such as:
  • A degree thesis in Information Society Technologies at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences:
    • Implementazione del Modello QEST nD in Spago4Q by Mauro Regoli (download here)
  • A degree thesis in Computer Science at the Faculty of Computer Science:
    • Report Generator per Dati di Processo basato su .Net - by Salvatore Camodeca (download here)

Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy

Engineering Group and SpagoWorld support the activities carried out by the ICT and Management Observatories of the School of Management of the Polytechnic University of Milan, which are intended to provide an accurate and continuously updated picture of the impacts that ICT technologies are having on Italian companies, public administrations and on the market. In particular, Engineering Group and SpagoWorld support the 2013 Research of the Big Data & Business Intelligence Observatory.

SpagoBI supported a Business Intelligence training course organized by the MIP - Politecnico di Milano (Italy), whose training program included a speech by Grazia Cazzin, SpagoBI project leader. The training course addressed decision makers and CIOs operating in the ICT domain for public administrations and enterprises. It provided specific skills to evaluate analytical techniques and Business Intelligence tools improving decision-making processes and the competitiveness of enterprises.


University of Bologna, Italy

Engineering Group collaborates with the DEIS, the Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Informative Systems of the University of Bologna, through prof. Stefano Rizzi and Matteo Golfarelli. This collaboration has given rise to:

  • didactic collaboration
  • joint activities within the OW2 BI Initiative
  • a degree thesis in Information Science at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences
    • Analisi comparativa delle piattaforme Open Source per la Business Intelligence by Mattia Camporesi (download here)

University of Turin, Italy

Engineering Group collaborates with the University of Tunin.

Grazia Cazzin, SpagoBI project leader, worked as an adjunct professor for Business Intelligence and Management Systems, at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, at the degree courses and master’s degree courses in Computer Science, during the academic year 2010/2011.


Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

In the academic year 2013/2014, SpagoWorld participates in the Data Science post-graduate master degree course, which provides students with knowledge and skills in specific competency areas pertaining to data modelling, management and valorization, with regards to the "data specialist" professional.


University of Trento, Italy

Engineering Group collaborates with the DISI, the Department of Computer Science and Informative Systems of the University of Trento, through prof. Fabio Casati. This collaboration has given rise to:

  • didactic collaboration, with presentations and demonstrations
  • joint activities within the OW2 BI Initiative

University of Venice, Italy

Engineering Group collaborates with the University of Venice, Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences.
The collaboration with this faculty has given rise to:

  • a degree thesis in Computer Science:
    • Modelli e Sistemi di eGovernment Intelligence by Lorenzo Bianchin (download here)

University of Perugia, Italy

Engineering Group collaborates with the University of Perugia, Department of Economics.
The collaboration with this faculty has given rise to:

  • a master degree thesis in Economics and Management:
    • Modelli di Business per l'Open Source: Il caso empirico SpagoBI by Giulia Patucca (download here)

ISUFI High School, Italy

The cooperation with the e-Business Mangement-ISUFI of the University of Salento has has given rise to a collaboration based on the use of SpagoBI and Spagic platforms. One of these activities has given rise to a project, whose results are presented in one of SpagoBI success stories.


Polytechnic Institute of New York University NYU-Poly

The collaboration with the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (New York, N.Y., United States), through the Technology Management Department's professor Jabril Bensedrine (CEO of The Triana Group, Inc.), has brought some important results:

  • didactic collaboration, through presentations and demonstrations on open source software and Business Intelligence

Paris Diderot University (Paris VII – France)

The collaboration with the Laboratoire Preuves, Programmes et Systèmes of Paris Diderot University, through prof. Roberto di Cosmo, has brought some important results:

  • didactic collaboration, through presentations and demonstrations on open source software

Reutligen University, Germany

The collaboration with Reutlingen University, Germany, consisted in the support to the Business Information Management degree course of the "Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence" Department of prof. Roth Armin. The aim of this project was the developemnt of a management cockpit. Further information is available in one of SpagoBI success stories.


University Center Rottenmann (UZR), Styria, Austria

SpagoBI Team collaboration with the University Center Rottenmann (UZR), Styria, Austria, which is a branch seat of the Kepler University in Linz and of the Technical University in Graz, has brought to the following result:

  • a post-graduate thesis, at the Faculty of Geo-Information Technology:
    • Reporting and Integration of geographic information with Business Intelligence systems on the specific example of companies in the utilities sector by Jasmin Maier (download here the abstract in English language)

Presentations and demonstrations at degree and post-graduate degree courses

The theme of Open Source and SpagoWorld initiative have been presented many times in the last years. In addition to the regular presentations at the above-mentioned universities, with which Engineering Group regularly collaborates, we can mention:

  • May 2015 - ALMA Graduate School, University of Bologna (Italy), Degree Course in Information Systems - Platforms and Ecosystems for the Digital Economy
  • April 2015 - University of Belgrade (Republic of Serbia), School of Electronic - Ecology of Value - The experience of a large European software firm
  • May 2014 - ALMA Graduate School, University of Bologna (Italy), Degree Course in Information Systems - Open source software and open innovation - business models based on cooperation and/or knowledge sharing
  • May 2013 - ALMA Graduate School, University of Bologna (Italy), Degree Course in Information Systems - Digital disruption: an open platform to face the digital economy between creative innovation and concreteness
  • December 2012 - University of Milan (Italy) - Department of Information technology - The latest in the open source SpagoWorld initiative and Engineering Group's research activities
  • November 2012 - Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NY, USA) - Open Source Software: an alternative to the "Make or Buy" dilemma: how enterprises create new value and impact the IT market by participating in open source innovation communities
  • June 2012 - ALMA Graduate School, University of Bologna (Italy), Degree Course in Information Systems - The value of cooperation: the community, the network and business ecosystems
  • March 2012 - University Paris Diderot (Paris VII, France); Laboratoire Preuves, Programmes, Systèmes (PPS); Master Informatique - Le projet SpagoBI: comment réunir ouverture, business et innovation
  • November 2011 - Polytechnic Institute of New York University (New York, N.Y., United States), graduate courses on Corporate Entrepreneurship, Managing Growing Enterprises - Open source software adoption: enterprises and communities - How to build a business with OS BI
  • June 2011 - Polytechnic University in Milan (Italy) - Faculty of Sotware Engineering - SpagoBI: Open Source Business Intelligence
  • May 2011 - University of Bologna, ALMA Graduate School (Italy) - Degree Course in Information Systems - How enterprises create new value by participating in open source communities - The case of Engineering Group and SpagoBI
  • March 2011 - University of Milan (Italy), Faculty of Political Science, Degree Course on European Economy - How enterprises create new value by participating in open source communities - The case of Enginering Group and SpagoBI
  • December 2010 - University of Milan (Italy) - Department of Information technology - Business Process Engineering - Engineering Group's experience
  • May 2010 - University of Bologna (Italy), ALMA Graduate School - Open Source and Ecology of Value
  • May 2010 - University of Padua (Italy) - Faculty of Engineering - Course on Economics of Information - Open Source for Quality
  • May 2010 - University of Padua (Italy), Faculty of Engineering - Course on Economics of Information - Open Source and Ecology of Value
  • March 2010 - University of Perugia (Italy)- Faculty of Engineering - Seminar on Open Source for the Quality of Software, Engineering Group's approach
  • October 2009 - Ca' Foscari University of Venice in Treviso (Italy) - Seminar on Open Source between Innovation and Knowledge - SpagoWorld: an ecological approach to the development of free software at the industrial level
  • May 2009 - University of Bologna (Italy), ALMA Graduate School - Open Source Software between "Make and Buy": open source impact on the IT market
  • May 2009 - University of Padua (Italy), Faculty of Engineering - Course of Economics and Corporate Organization - Open Source Software for business, from the present, towards the future
  • May 2009 - University of Padua (Italy), Faculty of Engineering - Course of Economics and Corporate Organizations - Open Source Software: licensing and organizations
  • April 2009 - University of Bologna (Italy), Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, Department of Information Technologies - Open Source solutions for Business Process Management and Service Oriented Architectures: Spagic platform
  • July 2008 - University of Messina (Italy), first-level master degree in Open Source and Computer Security - The market and the FOSS - Economic models for FOSS development: various points of view and Engineering Group's experience
  • June 2008 - Bocconi University in Milan (Italy), post-degree courses in Informative Systems Management - Engineering Group's open source experience and SpagoWorld initiative
  • May 2008 - University of Trento (Italy), Department of Computer Science and Informative Systems - Free Open Source Software and the market: economic models. Many point of view and Engineering Group’s experience
  • May 2008 - University of Padua (Italy), Faculty of Engineering - Course on Economics and Corporate organizations - Free Open Source Software and the market: economic models. Many point of view and Engineering Group’s experience
  • October 2007 - University of Padua (Italy), Master Degree Course in Innovation & Project Management - Innovation in Information Technology and Engineering Group's experience
  • November 2006 - University of Padua (Italy), Master Degree Course in Innovation & Project Management - Innovation & Project Management in Information Technology and Engineering Group's experience
  • September 2006 - University of Bologna (Italy), ALMA Graduate School - OSS, business models, economic and practical efficiency
  • May 2006 - University of Padua (Italy), Faculty of Engineering - Course on Economics and Corporate organizations - Business models in IT: present, OSS and future
  • November 2005 - University of Padua (Italy), Master Degree Course in Innovation & Project Management - Innovation & project Management in Information Technology and Engineering Group's experience

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