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NET7 was set up in April 2001 by seven young researchers in different disciplines (Computer Science, History, Literature, Physics, Business Administration) as a computer company. NET7’s core business is the development of OSS and free software applications supporting scientific projects. Since early 2002 NET7 started collaborating withÉcole Normale Superiéure in Paris and Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich on the HyperNietzsche project, a hypertext of research, edition and communication devoted to the life and deeds of Friedrich Nietzsche. The collaboration on this project sparked the development of a research group dedicated to the humanities that collaborates with national and international research institutions (UNIPI, ITEM, LMU, MSH). This has led to NET7’s participation in several national and international projects. In association with the University of Pisa CS Department, since early 2003 NET7 has begun working on the promotion of a Masters in Management of Open Source, and presented this project along with the first National Convention about “Open Source and Public Administration”. In the last two academic years, in collaboration with the University of Pisa,NET7 hosted ten students for their internship period. During 2004, NET7 developed Opera Liber, one of the first Italian semantic digital libraries in cultural heritage using technologies like RDF and OWL. The project was commissioned by the universities of Pisa, Bergamo, Pavia, Torino and by the “Ministero per l’Università e la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica”. In 2005 NET7 participated to the Groupement de Recherche Européen (GDREplus) “Hyper-Learning. Modèles ouverts de recherche et d’enseignement sur internet”. From 2007 to 2010 NET7 co-ordinated an FP6 Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Industry-Academia partnership in the fields of Functional Languages in collaborations with INRIA, University of Paris 13. From 2006 to 2010 NET7 participated as the leading technology provider to the eContentplus Discovery project. In 2009 NET7 began research on sentiment analysis approaches based on quantum algorithms, thanks to a patent held by one of its members. In 2010 NET7launched the Muruca project, joining together university and research performing SMEs in producing and maintaining a set of open source semantic Web tools for digital libraries and knowledge management systems. NET7 currently has clients and partners in 9 European countries (Italy, France, Germany, UK, Israel, Poland, Ireland, Cyprus, Belgium and Norway). Its members and employees come from four different nationalities. The headquarters are located in Pisa and another lab is located in Lecce. NET7 is also one of the founding members and takes part in the management of Apice, a consortia of 25 high-tech SMEs based in Pisa, which has a turn-around of approximately 10 million Euros.

Role in AGORA project:

  • Software customization
  • LOD & rendering experiment


  • Michele Barbera leads the NET7 research and development department. He plays a key role in integrating software development with technological innovations, human resources management and public relations. His research interests include Semantic Web, digital libraries and humanities computing. He is the author of several papers published in international journals and has presented his work at numerous international conferences. He is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Committee, for the Province of Pisa, of the CNA.
  • Alessio Piccioli the President of NET7, works as Project Manager and he is the responsable for all the human resources in Net7.
  • Federico Ruberti the CEO of NET7. He is Vice President of APICE, the CNA high-tech enterprises consortium in Tuscany.