scritta:the people and the work
We are a small group, part of a bigger one, which includes a number of students and teachers at the University of Genoa who collaborate with us. We decided to begin this project of video selection to foster independent and autonomous research skills in students and also to help teachers by providing organised teaching tools. Youtube contains plenty of videos, but sometimes we need guidance, we need a filter.

We would like to offer a very specific filter: the videos, which have been selected out of thousands are classified using categories that enable different research strategies, based on individual preferences and capacities.

Our aim is to cover all areas of study, but we need time. Since a helpful and detailed set of philosophical categories is already available at we decided to focus on philosophy videos. Our basic selection tool is based on PhiPapers categories, enriched with other tags.
Short explanation of what lies behind Philvideos: after the initial selection, each video is classified on two broad criteria: on the one hand, we classify the videos based on cognitive categories (research field, content, author, and so on) and on the other hand, we classify them according to their general properties: clarity, efficacy, difficulty and so on. Our “sharp search” offers more specific ways of selecting what is needed. Both in basic search engines and in the sharp search we offer a first distinction between introductory and advanced kinds of contents. Besides, each video is also linked to information about published papers or books on the subject taken from more introductory sites such as Wikipedia or Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and resources for more advanced researches, such as Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy or PhilPapers. We are just at the beginning of a big adventure. You may help making this project growing by participating to the selection of videos or becoming a reviewer or a content moderator. Get in touch writing to

scritta: youniversity project
The idea came from comparing social networks for teachers and researchers (Research Gate, Academia Edu, Philpapers,….) where scholars share preprints or publications. Why not having a social network for students, sharing reliable videos and discussing them? Watching and sharing videos is our normal environment. Why not having something reliable, selected, and filtered? Sure, Youtube already has a lot of videos. Indeed, too many, and this is the problem.
1) The problem with Youtube is that there is overabundance of contents.  We may better enjoy the wide variety of YouTube results with a specific filter and a proper environment of discussion (more focused than YouTube discussions or Youtube filters). We offer a new kind of filter.
2) There are other resources for cultural videos and private websites too, which sell good hand-made lessons. We offer instead free contents with a guarantee of “university-based” continuous moderation.
3) It is difficult to find the right content in a fast way. We plan to  personalise the search results to the educational levels of users, through the registration information plus machine learning on users behaviour. 
4) Our plan for the future is not to leave users alone and let them have the possibility of direct interaction with “human” experts   (PhD Students or teachers through chats and video-calls. 

We want to answer the general request for reliable accessible culture, especially in the humanities.
Our innovation is a complex work of filtering contents: (a) different levels of categories taken from experts (an in top down tradition) and from folk (as in the bottom up tradition of long tail), (b) a series of specific information about each video given by definitions elaborated by users; (c) a learning artificial intelligence algorithm to help individual retrievals; (d) a selection of videos with graphics used for impaired persons (especially dyslexic disorder). Another general innovation is the creation of a bridge for the future of web culture: a systematic moderation of new information through connection with University environment. Eventually, we make learning easier, faster, funnier through the systematic use of video contents, divided in different levels, from the catchy cartoon to the traditional University lesson, put to specialise seminars and talks.
Youniversity will be a universal portal for culture where videos will be organised by content and by types, and will be connected to living debates and interactions with experts. Now we are a small society promoting the first step of this vision: