Who we are

Cesare Valenti

Cesare is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of 4Science, and co-founder and board member of Itway S.p.A. since 1996, with responsibilities overseeing sales and marketing. He graduated in Electronics Engineering at the University of Bologna, then worked in the hardware and engineering division of several companies (Sarema Group, Alpha Microsystems Inc., SHR Gruppo Ferruzzi), where he gained high technical skills in the software area. He is a member of more than one Steering Committees of Confindustria Digitale and he is a Board Member of Confindustria Ravenna and President of its ICT Section. More information at: Linkedin profile

Susanna Mornati

Susanna is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of 4Science, Director of Sales and Business Technologist. Her extensive experience has been gained over more than thirty years in the design and implementation of highly complex information systems for research in Italy and internationally. Her deep expertise in the research domain guarantees effective solutions. Susanna is well known and valued within the Open Access and Open Science communities nationally and internationally. In the past she held positions of high responsibility in the Italian University Consortia, Cilea and Cineca, the State University of Milan, and the Scientific Information Service at CERN in Geneva. She holds an MA in Linguistics and a Masters in ICT Management. More information at: Linkedin profile

Andrea Bollini

Andrea is Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO) of 4Science, responsible for ensuring the most efficient technologies are used to achieve the most effective results for each project. Andrea is actively involved in various international open-source and open-standards communities, often with leading roles: DSpace committer, Deputy Leader of the CERIF Task Group of euroCRIS and member of the COAR Working Group on “Next Generation Repositories”. Chair, speaker and reviewer for several key conferences, Andrea worked prior to 4Science for two Italian University Consortia, Cilea and Cineca, where he was responsible for the development, design and management of IT solutions and projects in the fields of research, electronic publishing and open access repositories. He holds a MSc in Applied Mathematics and a Masters in ICT management. More information at: Linkedin profile

Sonia Passatempi

Sonia is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of 4Science and the Itway Group where she has been working since its establishment in 1996. Her consolidated experience, both within the Group and in previous work experiences in mid-size companies, allows her to supervise, organise and coordinate the administrative, accounting and financial services of the company with the support of a human resources team dedicated to these functions.

Simon Whittemore

Simon is International Business Development Director. With over 25 years’ cross-sector experience helping organisations achieve strategic innovation and development, Simon has a background in higher education, skills development and management consultancy, working at national and international levels. At Jisc, the UK’s body for digital services and solutions for HE & FE, he was Head of Change – Enterprise, and he developed and delivered the Business and Community Engagement Programme. Simon contributed to Knowledge Exchange (KE) policy development, including the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), as a Deputy Head at Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). His consultancy training was with Capgemini where he was senior consultant in Global Delivery in Paris. Simon has an MA in Higher and Professional Education from UCL and is an author, educator and linguist. Linkedin profile

Anna Busa

Anna is Marketing Consultant. Over the years, she has held roles as operational marketing manager for private sector clients (construction, manufacturing, finance, utilities companies), corporate Marketing Manager and in the Culture area, predominantly within the same organisation. Today, Anna is a senior consultant, with a specific focus on digital marketing strategies for the promotion and enhancement of cultural institutions. Speaker at conferences, adjunct professor at the Department of Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna, she teaches for library organisations and is the author of two books. More information at: Linkedin profile

Emilia Groppo

Emilia is Head of the Cultural Heritage Business Unit. She holds a MA, having specialised in Archaeology and Art History and is Lecturer of Technologies for Cultural Heritage at the University of Milan. Previously Emilia was Project Manager for Cultural Heritage in the two Italian Consortia of University, Cineca and Cilea, where she promoted and led numerous projects, including some of the largest Digital Library projects in Italy. She was head of the National Library System (SBN) in the Lombardy Region and responsible for the computerisation of many libraries and historical archives in Italy, including the National Library Braidense in Milan. More information at: Linkedin profile

Irene Buso

Irene is Business Development Manager. A II grade karate black belt and an omnivorous reader with classical studies, she has a degree in Law, studied music at the Conservatoire and has a passion for astrophysics and medieval history. Prior to 4Science, she was Tender Manager and Large Customers Account Manager in the IoT world in the automotive sector. She believes that the open source digitisation of libraries and cultural content will make the world a better place and she wants to contribute unfailingly. Luckily or not, she’s always interested in everything. More at: Linkedin profile

Claudio Cortese

Claudio is Project Manager and Business Analyst. Claudio has a PhD in Archaeology and lectures on “Information Technology Applied to Archaeology” at the Catholic University of Milan. For many years he has been working in modelling, management and analysis of data for cultural heritage using a wide variety of methods, standards and technologies, from relational databases to GIS, from Digital Libraries to architectures based on the Semantic Web. Before joining 4Science, he worked for two Italian consortia of universities, Cilea and Cineca, mainly dealing with Digital Library Management Systems to preserve, utilise and distribute digital cultural resources. In the historical/archaeological field, Claudio has focused on the design and creation of databases for many Archaeological Missions and University Research Units. He frequently provides consultancy, advice and courses for universities and public/private institutions. More information at: Linkedin profile and  Academia

Riccardo Fazio

Riccardo is Project Manager and Senior Software Engineer. He has a MSc degree in Mathematics and is a Java expert working on the two open source platforms DSpace and DSpace-CRIS. Riccardo has been working in the ICT sector for more than 15 years as a software developer and analyst for research projects and electronic publishing. He also has many years’ experience as System Administrator for Linux/Unix operating systems. More information at: Linkedin profile

Imma Scancarello

Imma is Project Manager. She holds an MSc degree in Mathematics. A Web Content Specialist and UX designer, Imma has in recent years focussed on the design and implementation of web portal projects for Italian universities, as a consultant and point of reference both for the institutions and for the development team at CINECA. Her communications expertise and her extensive knowledge of configurable back-office tools in Drupal CMS (Content Management System) have enabled her to deliver training for university communications offices on the optimal use of available digital technologies, and she has provided consultancy on effective writing for the web, supporting universities in the creation of editorial guidelines for institutional communication. More information at: Linkedin profile

Corrado Lombardi

Corrado is Solutions Architect. He takes a proactive part in the development phases of the software lifecycle, in particular for the DSpace and DSpace-CRIS products: from requirements analysis and specification definition to architectural design and software writing. Before joining 4Science, he worked for companies that manage B2C-wide traffic portals, mainly in the Travel, Entertainment and Sport Events sectors. These experiences gave him the opportunity to collaborate with established professionals, who contributed to his professional growth and inspired him to give particular attention to the quality aspects of the software developed. A firm advocate of Extreme Programming, he adopts and recommends these practices to facilitate his own work and that of his colleagues. After graduating in Computer Science, he obtained certifications in Oracle OCA, OCP Java SE 8 Programmer and Apache Cassandra 3.x Developer Associate. More information at: Linkedin profile

L. Andrea Pascarelli

Pasca is Lead Software Engineer. He is responsible for the development of DSpace and DSpace-CRIS. He is DSpace Committer since 2013 and was part of the team that originally developed and still maintains DSpace-CRIS. Luigi Andrea has been working in ICT for more than 10 years as a Java Developer and System Integrator in projects related to the management of digital objects. After graduating with a MS in Computer Engineering, he gained the Oracle certification for the Java platform (Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform SE 6.0). More information at: Linkedin profile

Giuseppe Digilio

Digi is Senior Software Engineer. He has a MS degree in Computer Science and is a Zend Certified PHP Engineer. Giuseppe has a passion for new technologies and he masters many of them, which gives 4Science the opportunity to be an early adopter. He worked for two Italian university consortia, Cilea and Cineca, gaining significant experience in the development and analysis of web applications for Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing. He currently collaborates with the DSpace Community on the new DSpace 7 User Interface, based on Angular, and is a DSpace Committer. More information at: Linkedin profile

Matteo Perelli

Matteo is Lead Software Engineer. He deals with the implementation of front-end services for the Digital Library. With a passion for new technologies, having performed many roles in over 15 years’ experience in ICT, he is now a Full Stack Developer and a Software Architect. In the past he created one of the largest Digital Libraries in Italy, working directly on all phases of the design and development. Matteo was also IT System Architect for the PHP activities in institutions he has worked. He is Zend Certified PHP Engineer and is now collaborating with the DSpace community for the development of the new User Interface of DSpace 7, based on Angular. More information at: Linkedin profile

Luca Giamminonni

Luca is Senior Software Engineer. He holds an MSc in Computer and Automation Engineering from the University of Perugia with a thesis on visual pattern exploration in networks. He has significant experience in the development of management solutions. In previous roles, he specialised in and became certified in the development of web applications based on JEE and Spring. More information at: Linkedin profile

Alessandro Martelli

Ale is Senior Full Stack Developer, currently enlisted in the development of the DSpace and DSpace-CRIS projects. After graduating in Computer Science at the University of Pisa, he undertook a Master’s degree in Business Informatics and Data Science and spent several years working with IT systems for the National Council of Research. Passionate about web technologies, he has developed experience as a programmer in the implementation of web applications, in particular through the use of Spring Framework and Angular 2+. Finally, in recent years he has also focussed on research and development of native cloud architectures to microservices and CI/CD processes through container orchestrators (Kubernetes). More information at: Linkedin profile

Francesco Pio Scognamiglio

Pio is Junior Developer. He mainly contributes to the development and management of DSpace and DSpace-CRIS/GLAM open source applications. After an initial period of on-the-job training, he is now well integrated into a very stimulating and engaging team and working environment. He is also a passionate student of Computer Science at the University “La Sapienza” of Rome. More information at: Linkedin profile

Damiano Fiorenza

Damiano is Junior Developer. Educated at the Enrico Fermi Institute in Rome in Computer Science, after a period of on-the-job training, he now collaborates in the development of solutions based on DSpace, DSpace-CRIS and DSpace-GLAM. More information at: Linkedin profile

Mykhaylo Boychuk

Misha is Junior Software Engineer. Having successfully completed his internship at 4Science, he is now collaborating in the development of solutions based on DSpace, DSpace-CRIS and DSpace-GLAM. Misha is also a student, graduating in Computer Engineering at the University “Roma Tre” of Rome. More information at: Linkedin profile

Rezart Vata

Rezart Vata is Lead Software Engineer Consultant. He has several years of experience in developing Web Applications using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, TypeScript, Angular (2/4), Ionic. Rezart is experienced in developing User Interface Rich Web Applications, and Web Service Applications using Front End/User Interface Technologies like Object Oriented JavaScript, Type Script, Angular 2.0, Angular 4, Bootstrap, Media Queries, CSS Frameworks.  His expertise includes: Angular 2.0 framework and ability to create simple and scalable code for SPA; Unit Testing (UIT) and preparing test cases; reviewing code for quality, finding weaknesses & ensuring adherence to standards. Rezart has a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering followed by a Master’s degree from the Polytechnic University of Tirana.

Alba Aliu

Alba Aliu is Software Developer Consultant. She has experience in the computer software industry and actively participates in many projects, from both a front-end and backend perspective. Alba is skilled in Spring Boot, Java, Angular and web programming in general. Underpinning her professional expertise, Alba has a Bachelor’s degree focused on Business Informatics, and a Master of Science in “Management Information Systems in Economy” from University of Tirana, Albania.