The Advanced Laboratory of Historical Seismology (CFTILab) was borne out of the research experience that started in 1987 as a joint activity of SGA Storia Geofisica Ambiente, and Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica (ING; renamed Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, INGV, in 2001), and which generated the first version of the Catalog of Strong Earthquakes in Italy (CFTI), published in 1995. More specifically, the construction of the CFTILab started within the INGV in 2016, with contributions by the following individuals:

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Gabriele Tarabusi, geologist, INGV orcid icon  SC google scholarRG Gabriele is among the founders of the project. He is in charge of managing the underlying seismological databases and developing the web and web-GIS interfaces, and has taken care of updating the "tools" section and writing the relevant texts. He also coordinates the CFTI working group in carrying out the activities envisaged by the INGV-DPC Agreement, Annex B2 (2019-2021) WP1 TASK 1.

Graziano Ferrari, geophysicist, INGV Research Associate orcid icon SC google scholarRG Graziano is also among the founders of the project. His research deals with the elaboration of instrumental and non-instrumental historical seismology data. He has taken care of updating the sections "the shelves" and "the CFTI" and of writing the relevant texts.

Cecilia Ciuccarelli, historian, INGV orcid icon SCgoogle scholarRG Cecilia coordinates the review, reconstruction and parameterization of the earthquake sequences listed in the CFTI (link). She does basic research on the effects of earthquakes of the modern and contemporary era and takes care of the elaboration of the resulting data. She has taken care of updating the sections "the shelves" and "ongoing activities" and of writing the relevant texts.

Maria Giovanna Bianchi, software analyst, INGV orcid icon SC google scholarRG Maria Giovanna coordinates the systematization, archiving and enhancement of the iconography relating to historical earthquakes (link). She also creates IT tools to support the activities of all members of the CFTILab working group. She has taken care of updating the section "the shelves" and of writing the relevant texts.

Giulia Sgattoni, geomatics expert, former research fellow at INGV orcid icon SC google scholarRG Giulia is in charge of developing and maintaining the web and web-GIS interfaces of the CFTILab's advanced consultation tools (link and link). She is also the author of a number of automated procedures for assembling and managing texts (link and link)

Alberto Comastri, historian, INGV orcid icon SC google scholarRG Alberto carries out the basic delineation and the review of earthquake sequences (link)He is primarily involved in research and elaborations concerning earthquakes that occurred in the Italian and Mediterranean area between the Antiquity and the end of the Middle Ages, also with reference to historical toponymy and to any reported effects on the environment.

Dante Mariotti, historian, INGV orcid icon SC google scholarRG Dante carries out the basic delineation, the review and the parameterization of earthquake sequences (link)He is primarily involved in research and elaborations concerning earthquakes that occurred in the modern and contemporary era, also with reference to historical toponymy and to any reported effects on the environment.

Gianluca Valensise, geologist, INGV orcid icon SC google scholarRG Gianluca is among the founders of the project. He carries out research on the applications of historical seismology to the assessment of seismic hazard, and coordinates the activities of the CFTI working group in pursuing the activities envisaged by the DPC-INGV Agreement, Annex A 2019, subtask WP7.1 “Historical seismological databases and seismogenic structures”. He has taken care of this introductory section of the CFTILab portal.

Emanuela Guidoboni, historian, INGV Research Associate orcid icon SCgoogle scholarRG Emanuela participates in all the activities of the CFTILab as a long-term, worldwide expert in historical seismology and archeosismology studies concerning Italy and the Mediterranean area.


The development of the CFTILab benefits from the work of other researchers, technologists and technicians, who participate in the activities with different roles and skills and contribute to making all the contents of this portal easily accessible to everyone. In particular, the CFTILab benefits from the work of:

Sofia Baranello, geologist, INGV grantee orcid icon | Sofia contributes to the updating and revision of data relating to earthquake sequences (linkand of the iconography available for historical earthquakes (link), as envisaged by the INGV-DPC Agreement, Annex B2 (2019-2021) WP1 TASK 1.

Monia Maresci, IT expert, INGV orcid icon| Monia is primarily in charge of the elaboration and classification of the contents of the section "the shelves".

Alessio Mautone, IT expert, INGV orcid icon | Alessio is primarily in charge of the elaboration and classification of the contents of the section "the shelves".

Rita Chiara Taccone, environmental engineer, INGV grantee orcid icon | Rita Chiara participates in the IT development activities of the database used for managing the consultation tools developed in the framework of the INGV-DPC Agreement, Annex B2 (2019-2021) WP1 TASK 1.

Paola Vannoli, geologist, INGV orcid icon | Paola contributes to the development of the CFTILab with historical seismicity analyses and suggestions for the development of new tools, as part of her ongoing research concerning the investigation and characterization of seismogenic sources in Italy.

Simone Vecchi, computer scientist, INGV orcid icon | Simone is the webmaster of the CFTILab website, which he developed using the Open Source Joomla Content Management System (CMS).

Caterina Zei, geologist, INGV grantee orcid icon | Caterina contributes to the updating and revision of data relating to earthquake-induced effects on the natural environment as envisaged by the FRASI project (Integrated and multi-scale approach for the definition of earthquake-induced landslide hazard in the Italian territory), funded by the Ministry for the Environment (MATTM) and by the INGV-DPC Agreement, Annex B2 (2019-2021) WP1 TASK 1.


As part of its processing and dissemination objectives, the CFTILab makes use of other IT tools that were previously developed by other colleagues. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of:

Paolo Gasperini, geophysicist, University of Bologna, INGV Research Associate orcid icon | Paolo has created the original Boxer code in 1999 and has pursued its subsequent developments.

Gianfranco Vannucci, geologist, INGV orcid icon | Gianfranco joined Paolo Gasperini in the development of the Boxer code. He has been in charge of the implementation of its recentmost version (4.0).


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