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Joining the SIMILE project

From: Stefano Mazzocchi <stefano@apache.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2004 17:30:44 +0100
Message-Id: <D4574BE6-4A9C-11D8-983D-000393D2CB02@apache.org>
To: SIMILE public list <www-rdf-dspace@w3.org>

Now that all burocratic problems are solved and my coming to boston is 
definitive, I would like to introduce myself to those who I haven't had 
the pleasure to meet in real life.

Starting from monday next week, I will join the MIT Libraries staff and 
my job will be 100% on SIMILE reporting to MacKenzie, for this reason I 
would like to introduce myself and give you a little bit of context on 
who I am.

My name is Stefano Mazzocchi, I'm 29 years old, male, italian and 

I have a degree in opto-electronic engineering but my passion has been 
software programming since I was a kid, starting with BASIC programming 
on a Commodore Vic20.

As far as computer science goes, I'm self taught, but my curiosity and 
my english skills (learned in my senior year of high school during an 
exchange student program in Florence, Oregon) compensated the lack of 
formal education.

On the other hand, advanced math and physics helped me increasing my 
abstraction skills and me less afraid of looking at computer things 
from a different angle.

I consider myself a software architect. I'm a terrible and lazy 
programmer and for this reason, I have an obsession for software reuse. 
Despite the fact that I hate programming and I'm not good at it, my 
code can be found in many open source projects, mostly in the server 
side java/xml world.

I started working on open source projects in 1997 and continued since 
then. For my efforts on the JServ project, I was granted the Apache 
Software Foundation membership in 1999, year when I started the Apache 
Cocoon project.

I've been part of the Servlet API expert group, the Java API for XML 
expert group and the Java Content Repository expert group (still 

I'm been working with XML and related technologies since 1998 and as 
the leader of the Cocoon project have been helping the establishing of 
XML-oriented solutions that work in real life.

In November 2002, I visited MIT and had a meeting with the MetaMedia 
and DSpace groups, this lead to the job offer to join the SIMILE team 
that I gladly accepted.

I look forward to work with you people in this challenging yet very 
exciting project.


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