Biography

Dario is an Assistant Professor of Sciences and Technology Studies at the University of Groningen, serving the multidisciplinary faculty Campus Fryslân at the department of Knowledge Infrastructures.

He is affiliated at Harvard University with metaLAB and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Dario’s research is rooted in knowledge design, critical data studies, and digital humanities; focusing on the mapping of science and more broadly on digital archives and the innovative ways they can be accessed.

His interdisciplinary education allows him to work across multiple domains, making him an excellent mediator between experts from different fields.

With Metis Press, in 2021 he authored Mapping Affinities: Democratizing Data Visualization — a book about charting scientific communities from a design-driven, ethical thinking.

EPFL awarded him a Ph.D. in Sciences after attending the doctoral program of Architecture and Sciences of the City.

Over the years, he was employed at MIT, Sciences Po, Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and the European Commission; lecturing at CERN and Ars Electronica, and exhibiting at MAXXI and the Harvard Art Museums.

Mapping Affinities

The book “Mapping Affinities: Democratizing Data Visualization” (Metis Presses, 2021) introduces a new model to visualize academic communities through collaboration, paying attention to the delicate balance between individuals and the whole collective.

While the digital edition is freely downloadable, its paper version is sold in bookstores along with the French translation“Cartographie des affinités : démocratiser les données par la visualisation.”

Its publication was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and two EPFL faculties, the College of Humanities and the School of Architecture, Civil, and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) — the book’s case study focuses on this latter.

Excellent reviews of the book have been published by Mary AvilesCaterina Agostini and Gianluigi Viscusi in English, Eric Briys in French, and Sonja Gasser in German.