Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.
Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to allow crawlers that support Sitemaps to pick up all URLs in the Sitemap and learn about those URLs using the associated metadata. Using the Sitemap protocol does not guarantee that web pages are included in search engines, but provides hints for web crawlers to do a better job of crawling your site.
Sitemap 0.90 is offered under the terms of the Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License and has wide adoption, including support from Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft >>>

European Commission civil service

a brand new website, to improve the image of civil servants >>>


EPROM, part of the Program for Developmental Entrepreneurship within the MIT Design Laboratory

2006 Statistics
  • Worldwide, there are more than 2.4 billion cellphone users, with more than 1,000 new customers added every minute.
  • 59 percent of these 2.4 billion people live in developing countries, making cellphones the first telecommunications technology in history to have more users there than in the developed world.
  • Mobile phone shipments grew 19 percent to 810 million units in 2005 and are expected to rise by 15 percent to 930 million units in 2006
  • Cellphone usage in Africa is growing almost twice as fast as any other region and jumped from 63 million users two years ago to 152 million today >>>


  • BrainPOP is an educational program that provides curriculum-based content spanning six main subjects including: Science, Math, English, Social Studies, Health and Technology.
  • BrainPOP currently features more than 500 animated movies. Each movie is supported by activities such as a quiz, comic strip, experiment and other printable worksheets, all of which speak to kids in a language and voice that they can understand.
  • BrainPOP's movie topics present more than 3.5 million subscribers with engaging, enlightening, and entertaining views of a given subject >>>


TED: l'esperienza del Campus Virtuale Svizzero

alcuni link di riferimento:
Campus Virtuale Svizzero >>>
Centro di Supporto dell'Università della Svizzera italiana e della Scuola Universitaria della Svizzera Italiana >>>
Mandato "Educational Management" >>>
swissuniversity.ch >>>


blogging in the enterprise

Quick Tips on Corporate Blogging >>>
CEOBlogsList >>>


la copertina del nuovo libro!

in uscita ai primi di dicembre: Lorenzo Cantoni & Luca Ceriani, Fare comunicazione online. Analisi dell'attività di un sito internet attraverso i file di log, ComunicazioneItaliana, Roma 2006.


Dell in 'Second Life'

Dell Gets a New Lease on a 'Second Life' >>>



an article: Bill Gates: Looking to the future >>>
the Zune website >>>

internet access in EU

Half of European Union Population Uses the Web Regularly >>>



EFQUEL is organizing the Annual Members Meeting in co-operation with the European Knowledge Media Association, in concomitance with the Online Educa Berlin 2006:
Place: Hotel Palace Berlin, Germany
Date: 29th November 2006, 10.00 - 18.30
"Networks, Structures, Opportunities in European E-Learning Quality"
I will do a keynote presentation on eLearning in a context: trends and directions for evaluation and quality >>>

OT: member of a pit crew

With some colleagues learning from Pit Instruction & Training >>> during Learning 2006 >>>


alcune prossime attività

martedì-mercoledì 14 e 15 novembre 2006
Utrecht (Olanda)
partecipo, tra gli osservatori stranieri invitati, alle giornate di SURF, l'agenzia nazionale olandese di promozione dell'eLearning >>>

giovedì 16 novembre 2006
Lugano (Aula Magna Liceo di Lugano 2 - Via San Gottardo, 20.45)
Intervengo alla presentazione de Il rischio educativo di Luigi Giussani, insieme a Mario Mauro, vicepresidente del Parlamento Europeo, a Claude Ruey, Consigliere Nazionale e a Maurizio Balestra, presidente del Circolo Culturale di Lugano.

venerdì 24 novembre 2006
Genova, Sala Riviera – Fieracongressi, 10.00 – 11.00
L’efficacia dei modelli e-learning in contesti differenti
Lorenzo Cantoni – Università della Svizzera Italiana
L’esperienza del campus virtuale svizzero
Giuseppina Rita Mangione – Università di Firenze
Strategie e iniziative “top down” di successo nelle università europee
Valerio Eletti – ASFOR
Executive Master ondine: la misurazione dell’efficacia dell’e-learning nella certificazione ASFOR
Tommaso Leo – Università Politecnica delle Marche
E-learning e PA: punti di forza e di debolezza in un’esperienza nella regione Marche
(vedi programma in pdf: >>>)


Canada's TV guide joins move online from print

the announcement on the tvguide website itself: >>>
an article on the story: >>>



SLoodle is a project to integrate the VLE platform Moodle with the 3D world of Second Life. Imagine a Moodle course that, if you wanted, could turn into a proper 3D interactive classroom with all your Moodle resources available to your students in the virtual world >>>

Inaugurazione dell'anno formativo 2007 I.Re.F.

Assolutamente da non perdere! >>>

Online Health Search 2006

Eighty percent of American internet users, or some 113 million adults, have searched for information on at least one of seventeen health topics. Most internet users start at a general search engine when researching health and medical advice online. Just 15% of health seekers say they “always” check the source and date of the health information they find online, while another 10% say they do so “most of the time.” Fully three-quarters of health seekers say they check the source and date “only sometimes,” “hardly ever,” or “never,” which translates to about 85 million Americans gathering health advice online without consistently examining the quality indicators of the information they find. Most health seekers are pleased about what they find online, but some are frustrated or confused >>>

Google has acquired JotSpot