The Istituto di Studi per l’Informatica e i Sistemi (ISIS) is founded by a group including Professor Bruno Grassetti. Its main goal is to develop and exploit the use of data-driven methods and tools for research and consultancy purposes.
The company is established as a cooperative at Via Emilia, 47, Rome.
The company’s main clients are Italian public administration, Cassa per il Mezzogiorno, ENEA, CNR, the Ministry of the Interior, and SOGEI.
Projects focus primarily on statistical analyses and quantitative methods, including their application through development and use of dedicated software, some of which are developed in-house.
A flagship project with the Italian Ministry of the Interior leads to the development of a grant allocation system for local authorities in Italy.
The company’s grant allocation system is adopted into local Italian finance law.
The company steps onto the international scene, starting with consultancy contracts for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and its first European research framework projects.
Significant changes to leadership occur as Project Coordinator, Carlo Sessa, is elected company President, with Andrea Ricci as Vice President.
The full name of the company is changed to the Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems (ISIS), to denote its shifted emphasis towards multidisciplinary system thinking.
The company moves to Via Flaminia, 21, Rome.
The company’s focus decisively turns to European research projects.
Its first European endeavours include urban sustainability project, ESTEEM, and QUITS, which studies environmental impacts and externalities.
These projects lead to an increasing number of European collaborations, which represent a significant share of the company’s work to this day.
European research and innovation projects, as well as high-profile tenders from various European institutions, become a major focus. The “system thinking” philosophy becomes less centred on purely quantitative methods and includes progressively more qualitative research. Participatory foresight, community engagement and governance become increasingly significant elements.
The company moves to Largo dei Lombardi 4, in the heart of Rome’s historical centre.
Mario Gualdi becomes President.
After more than four decades of association with the cherished name ISIS, the institute becomes ISINNOVA, to distance itself from the terrorist organisation.
ISINNOVA moves to Via Sistina 42, near the Spanish Steps in Rome, where it remains today.
Silvia Gaggi becomes the company’s Vice President.