How much does your country invest in R&D?

Global spending on R&D has reached a record high of almost US$ 1.7 trillion. About 10 countries account for 80% of spending. As part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), countries have pledged to substantially increase public and private R&D spending as well as the number of researchers by 2030.

Explore the latest available data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), which is monitoring progress globally towards this key SDG target. To evaluate a country’s commitment to R&D, look at spending as a percentage of GDP. You can then see the actual amounts being spent in purchasing power parity dollars (PPP$).

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This study and relative infographics from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics shows us how much our governments invest – and not spend – in Research & Development. Those are Italy’s data:

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Even if data may seem big, we’re well under the medium … especially if you consider that we’re a G7 economy!!!

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The Italian WordPress community events’ calendar

Our friend Pascal Casier has realized an entire website gathering events from all over the Italian WordPress community under a single umbrella, complementary ti all other channels made by the community.
Among the many sections present in the website, there’s a page devoted to show off the ‘social’ events of the current month … the URL si Calendario Eventi. Here you can find all the details of the announced meetup, WordCamps and various encounters officially sponsored but the community.

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As you can see in the above screenshot when you visit the page you have the full month view, with everything listed in the particular date and, highlighted in yellow, the current day.

In the second part of the screen, instead, you have a map of the official communities over Italy, followed by an alphabetically sorted list of the groups [clicking on a city’s name you are redirected to the relative Meetup group page].

Here you have also infos about the current number of the “meetup group subscribers” and, when present – as in the Bari’s case below – the formal link to the announced event.

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I think his initiative is excellent and commendable, and I invite those who have suggestions to contact him on the WordPress’ international or Italian Slack channels.

Also, if you’re into WordPress and are coming to Italy maybe you can plan to say Hi to a local group, and possibly share some of your knowledge and experiences with us. You will be welcomed for sure!

suggested reads for May 20, 2018

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Here’s my suggested reading list for this Sunday. Last week I forgot to post, given the aftermaths of the first edition of the WordCamp Bari 2018, sorry. If you have time for just a single articole… well, my choice has been put in evidence 😉

WordCamp Bari 2018 – get your ticket!

Things are moving fast in Bari (Italy) as May 11 (our Contributor Day) and May 12 (the Camp / conference day) approach.

During this week we’ll announce the final roaster of Speakers (we will have two tracks) coming from all over Europe, while the tickets have been put on sale a couple of days ago!

Are you coming to enjoy two days of good people, great food and good time ?

Get Your Ticket

Why is Italy poorer and underdeveloped than other European countries?

James AtkinsonResident and close observer of Italy since 2006” tries to tell us the reasons of this in a Quora thread →

As long as Italians continue to feel like subjects instead of citizens, the only thing on the menu is economic and political stagnation.

Is the cure, according to James … and I, born here more than forty years ago, have to nod and agree 😦

suggested reads for August 13th, 2015

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  • Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It – a Wired.com post on the security of the automotive industry. Personally I’m really scared by this since the general approach I see is driven by a “We Can Do This!” mentality other than a safer – and more conscious – attention to all the risks that this kind of software, linked on an unsecure network, attempts to human lives;
  • The Web we have to save – a wonderful post. A melting one. True in every word and broken hope. Thinking about it, maybe it deserved to be given a post on his own;
  • Business models, working hours and the crazy ICT in Italy – maybe someone told you to come to Italy to work, here’s an honest hands-on story of the state of the art of ICT jobs here. My – and not only mine – daily struggle…
  • The Post-Mac Interface – “20 years later, did the Anti-Mac Interface unseat the original Macintosh design principles?
  • Your big data toolchain is a big security risk! – another giant with feet of clay in the ICT world. Big Datas, managed more by buzzwords than actual durable, sustainable, reliable technologies;

Suggested reads of May 11th, 2015

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help the opening of the All About Apple Museum

All About Apple is THE reference point for the collection of Apple products that, where possible, will be made operating, cataloged and displayed to the public. A group for all fans of the fantastic Apple world. One of its most famous and extraordinary initiatives is the All About Apple Museum →

The All About Apple Museum is the most comprehensive museum in the world containing nearly all the production of Apple’s personal computers from the dawn of 1976 to the present day.

Now the members have started this fundraising campaign to help and finance the builing of the newest, permanent, location of the museum alongside the Savona Port Authority in Italy.

If you’re interested please point your browser to the All About Apple Museum 3.0 initiative. And spread the word!