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De Santis A.,Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology | De Santis A.,University of Chieti Pescara | De Franceschi G.,Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology | Spogli L.,Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology | And 26 more authors.
Physics and Chemistry of the Earth | Year: 2015

A systematic multi-parameter and multi-platform approach to study the slow process of earthquake preparation is fundamental to gain some insights on this complex phenomenon. In particular, an important contribution is the integrated analysis between ground geophysical data and satellite data. In this paper we review some of the more recent results and suggest the next directions of this kind of research. Our intention is not to detect a particular precursor but to understand the physics underlying the various observations and to establish a reliable physical model of the preparation phase before an impending earthquake. In this way, future investigation will search for suitable fore-patterns, which the physical model of multi-layers coupling predicts and characterizes by quasi-synchronism in time and geo-consistency in space. We also present alternative explanations for some anomalies which are not actually related to earthquakes, rather to other natural or anthropic processes. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Sorrentino M.,University of Milan | Giustiniano L.,LUISS University | Giustiniano L.,University of Aarhus | Depaoli P.,LUISS University | Marco M.D.,Uninettuno
Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing | Year: 2015

The big squeeze on public spending and the need to get Italy’s small local councils fully on board the e-government agenda is forcing both the public and the private sector to think of new ways to source and deliver public services. The sharing of services is one solution that goes beyond the traditional insourcing/outsourcing model to cast the SSO in the primary role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provider. The paper illustrates a case study in which, after a few “false starts”, an Italian company made the positive transition from PPP to public SSO, building relations of trust and a flexible offer that met the councils’ need to retain their individuality. The general reflection that follows has the aim of further informing the debate on the redesign of organizational activities through service management, and supports the continuity of the basic organizational logics that inform the practices of the public SSO. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.

Sorrentino M.,University of Milan | De Marco M.,Uninettuno | Depaoli P.,LUISS University
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2015

The paper uses a longitudinal case study of Italy’s digital agency to investigate eGovernment and a subject that hovers at the far edge of the academic radar: agencification, or the setting up of semi-autonomous organisations that operate at arm’s length from the relative ministry. The aim is to make a threefold contribution of international scope and significance to the eGovernment debate by mapping Italy’s chosen path to public-sector innovation. Framing the country’s digital agenda within the larger picture of ongoing New Public Management driven administrative reforms, the authors assess whether mandating an arm’s length body to steer the eGovernment strategies at public-sector macro level has been successful. The structural-instrumental, cultural and environmental lens used to analyse the key contextual factors shows how the continuity and discontinuity that has shadowed Italy’s ICT policies can be blamed on shifts in leadership and diverse ideas of modernization; on the digital agency’s multiple, even conflicting mandates; and on the misalignment of the ‘original agency model’ with the public machinery’s embedded culture. © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015.

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