Researcher at Politecnico di Milano – Design Department, he’s the scientific director of DensityDesign Lab. Within the laboratory he coordinates the research, the design and development of projects related to the visual communication of data and information, in particular for projects related to born-digital data and Digital Methods. In 2015, he obtained a PhD degree in Design with the dissertation “Design of the un-finished”.

He is one of the authors of RAWGraphs, an open-source platform for the creation of data visualisations.

From 2017 he’s part of the Public Data Lab, an international group of researchers working on the development of innovative formats for the creation and use of public data.

He’s interested in data visualization, statistics, born-digital data sources and, of course, graphic design.

Related projects


Conference Proceedings

Visualizing the genetic process of literary works link

Valentina Pallacci, Andrea Benedetti, Tommaso Elli, Michele Mauri. 2022.
In F. Ciracì, G. Miglietta, & C. Gatto (Eds.), Culture digitali. Intersezioni: Filosofia, arti, media. (pp. 179–184)

Metaphors as Knowledge Activators in Data Visualizations: The case of the Archipelago of Calvino’s literary works link

Tommaso Elli, Angeles Briones, Beatrice Gobbo, Michele Mauri. 2021.
Proceedings of Cumulus Conference Roma 2021. Cumulus, Romas.

“Drawing with Code”: the Experience of Teaching Creative Coding as a Skill for Communication Designers full article

Andrea Benedetti, Tommaso Elli, Michele Mauri. 2020.
12th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 3478–3488

RAWGraphs: A Visualisation Platform to Create Open Outputs full paper

Michele Mauri, Tommaso Elli, Matteo Azzi, Giorgio Uboldi. 2017.
In Proceedings of the 12th Biannual Conference on Italian SIGCHI Chapter (p. 28:1–28:5). New York, NY, USA: ACM.

Designing diagrams for social issues full paper

Michele Mauri, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2016.
Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking, 3, 941–956.

Visualisation Strategies for Comparing Political Ideas with the ORATIO platform full paper

Tommaso Elli, Giovanni Moretti, Rachele Sprugnoli, Michele Mauri, Giorgio Uboldi, Sara Tonelli, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2016.
In M. Eder & J. Rybicki (Eds.), Digital Humanities 2016. Conference Abstracts. Krakow: Jagiellonian University & Pedagogical University.

A platform for visually exploring the development of wikipedia articles full paper

Erik Borra, David Laniado, Esther Weltevrede, Michele Mauri, Giovanni Magni, Tommaso Venturini, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Richard Rogers, Andreas Kaltenbrunner. 2015.
Proceedings of the 9th International AAAI Conference of Web and Social Media.

Street-level City Analytics: Mapping the Amsterdam Knowledge Mile full paper

Sabine Niederer, Gabriele Colombo, Michele Mauri, Matteo Azzi. 2015.
In I. Theona & D. Charitos (Eds.), Hybrid City 2015: Data to the People (pp. 215–220). Athens: URIAC.

Contropedia – the analysis and visualization of controversies in Wikipedia articles full paper

Erik Borra, Esther Weltevrede, Paolo Ciuccarelli, David Laniado, Giovanni Magni, Michele Mauri, Richard Rogers, Tommaso Venturini. 2014.
OpenSym ’14: The International Symposium on Open Collaboration Proceedings, (May), 288021.

Il ruolo dell’Information Visualization nella progettazione di interfacce per archivi digitali eterogenei full paper

Michele Mauri, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2014.
In F. Ciotti (Ed.), Digital Humanities: progetti italiani ed esperienze di convergenza multidisciplinare (p. 16). Firenze: Sapienza Università Editrice.

Weaving data, slicing views: a design approach to creating visual access for digital archival collections full paper

Michele Mauri, Azzurra Pini, Daniele Ciminieri, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2013.
In Proceedings of the Biannual Conference of the Italian Chapter of SIGCHI (CHItaly '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA

Journal Articles

Designing diagrams for Wikipedia: opening a reflection on the role of information visualization in collaborative projects full article

Michele Mauri, Azzurra Pini, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2017.
Information Design Journal, 23(1), 65–79.

Digging Wikipedia: The online encyclopedia as a digital cultural heritage gateway and site full paper

Christian Pentzold, Esther Weltevrede, Michele Mauri, David Laniado, Andreas Kaltenbrunner, Erik Borra. 2017.
Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 10(1).

Visual Geolocations. Repurposing online data to design alternative views full paper

Gabriele Colombo, Michele Mauri, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2017.
Big Data & Society, 4(1).

Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing full paper

Stuart Lawson, Jonathan Gray, Michele Mauri. 2016.
Open Library of Humanities, 2(1), 1–35.

Climaps by Emaps in 2 Pages (A Summary for Policy Makers and Busy People) link

Michele Mauri, Giorgio Uboldi, Daniele Ciminieri, Matteo Azzi, Tommaso Venturini, Axel Meunier, Anders Munk, David Laniado, Andreas Kaltenbrunner, Bernhard Rieder. 2015.
Available at SSRN

Designing Controversies and Their Publics full paper

Tommaso Venturini, Donato Ricci, Michele Mauri, Axel Meunier, Lucy Kimbell. 2015.
Design Issues, 31(3), 74–87.