Program

Monday August 24

09.00 – 12.30
Refresher on computer architecture and networking
Publishing data in the Semantic Web

Vittore Casarosa (ISTI-CNR and University of Pisa)
The Summer School will deal with “digital tools”. For the benefit of all those who were exposed to Computer Science a long time ago, or have been only marginally touched by it, we will briefly review the basics of computer functioning and the representation of information within a computer. We will also see how the evolution of computer technology and of communication networks has led, in the early ’90, to the explosive growth of the Internet and the Web.
We will conclude with a glimpse on the evolution of the actual Web towards the Semantic Web and will apply Semantic Web technologies to the enrichment of some of the resources provided by CLARIN, the European Research Infrastructure for Language Resources and Technology.

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.30
A Digital Public History project

Enrica Salvatori (Università’ di Pisa)
A Digital Public History project can use many tools and methods, can give priority to one or more communication systems, can provide for different degrees of public participation. In this lesson we will introduce the fundamentals of the Digital Public History and we will attempt building the architecture of a DPH project.

Tuesday August 25

09.00 – 12.30
Methods and tools for digital philology

Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (University of Torino)
Digital philology is a fairly recent discipline aiming at applying ICT methods and tools to the textual criticism area. Quite a number of new digital editions have been published during the last twenty years or so. Many of these editions, however, are achieved by programming and configuring complex frameworks, within the reach of medium-large research groups only. Encoding the edition texts in the TEI XML format allows the individual scholar to prepare a digital edition, but the on-line publication and navigation of such a site still remain a complicated and potentially expensive operation.
EVT (Edition Visualization Technology) is an open source tool whose purpose is to allow the scholar to publish TEI-based editions in an easy way, making available to the end user an user-friendly user interface and several research tools. This course will introduce the subject of digital philology, of text encoding using the TEI standard and a “hands one” final part when students will be able to experiment with EVT.

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.30
Methods and tools for digital philology

Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (University of Torino)
Continuation of Digital Philology and practical exercises.

Wednesday August 26

09.00 – 12.30
TBD

We regret that, due to other commitments, Cristina Pattuelli (Pratt Institute, New York) at the end of August will not be able to lecture about Linked Open Data for the Digital Humanities.

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.30
TBD
18.00 – 22.00
Visit of “Piazza dei Miracoli” and social dinner

Thursday August 27

09.00 – 12.30
Natural Language Processing
Tools for text analysis and visualization

Rachele Sprugnoli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan)
Natural Language Processing (NLP) is an interdisciplinary field whose goal is to create machines that understand natural languages. NLP applied to Humanities disciplines helps in dealing with large amount of data, extracting information and finding relationships and patterns between words.
The lesson will feature: (i) an introduction to the main areas of research within the field; (ii) hands-on activities on some NLP tasks, such as lemmatization, part-of-speech tagging, named entity recognition, topic modelling and keyword extraction. Some of the tools and linguistic resources will be provided by CLARIN, the European Research Infrastructure for Language Resources and Technology.

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.30
Natural Language Processing
Tools for text analysis and visualization

Rachele Sprugnoli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan)
Continuation of Natural Language Processing and practical exercises.

Friday August 28

09.00 – 12.30
How to build a Web site for Digital Humanities applications

Chiara Mannari (Laboratorio di Cultura Digitale)
The session will focus on some of the tools useful for setting up a web site to display and disseminate digital objects related to research activities. Some of the tools will be used, together with the students, to set up some simple web sites.
The session will present WordPress, one of the most popular content management systems. It is often associated with blogging, but it well supports many other data types, such as forums and media galleries. It is estimated that presently it runs in over 60 millions web sites.

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.00
Digital editorship

Nicoletta Salvatori (University of Pisa)
The ebook revolution is over, the major battles have been fought and won, and the ebook is here not only to stay but to evolve. This may sound like a very plain statement, but being able to understand the trend in the ebook market will make many of the issues of creating ebooks a bit easier.
An ebook isn’t only a digital file for reading flowing text on a digital device. Now you can read different kind of ebooks made for different markets and targets on different devices. You can have a liquid layout or a fixed layout, you can have multimediality and interactivity and even the graphic elegance once reserved to an art book or to a photographic hard cover book. The ebook is more and more shareable, social and flexible with even the possibility to become an audiobook at next to no expense. And the most important thing is that all of this is on everybody reach, thanks to new and powerful softwares.
Ready to try to create an ebook?

17.00 – 17.30
Summer School evaluation and closing

Enrica Salvatori (University of Pisa)
Vittore Casarosa (ISTI-CNR and University of Pisa)