Program

Monday June 10

09.00 – 09.30
Welcome and introduction

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

09.30 – 12.30
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?

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.30
Natural Language Processing

Rachele Sprugnoli (free lance)
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.

Tuesday June 11

09.00 – 12.30
Digital audio and video: formats, recording, post-production, publishing

Giuliano Kraft (CNR, Institute for Informatics and Telematics)
The session will start with a brief introduction to the representation of images, audio and video within a computer. It will then provide an overview of the whole cycle of the production of audio/video material.
– Basic notions of photography (exposure, focus, depth of field);
– Notions of shooting (stabilization, standard shots, camera movement);
– Microphones (Lavalier, ice cream, boom, environmental) and audio recording;
– Lighting techniques;
– Film scripting and Shooting;
– Editing with editing software and Post-production;
– Export and dissemination of audio video material;
Many of these concepts will be applied in practice, by shooting a short movie and editing it, with the cooperation of the students.

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.30
Digital information governance: selection, organization, long term preservation

Pierluigi Feliciati (University of Macerata)
La conservazione a lungo termine di risorse digitali, intesa come garanzia di accesso prolungata nel tempo, al di là delle differenze in merito alle loro caratteristiche specifiche e agli obiettivi dei contesti di produzione, può basarsi unicamente su attività di cura specializzata lungo tutto il loro ciclo di vita. Questo ciclo inizia dalla concezione delle risorse, prosegue con la loro produzione, la gestione, scambio, gestione delle regole di accesso ed infine all’impianto di un sistema di conservazione a lungo termine.
La lezione presenterà sinteticamente i contesti, i problemi e i requisiti professionali richiesti per il curatore di depositi digitali di conservazione, con uno sguardo internazionale e richiedendo infine ai partecipanti la compilazione di un questionario di auto-valutazione sui temi trattati.

Wednesday June 12

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 Social lunch
14.00 – 17.00 Social Program

Thursday June 13

09.00 – 12.30
Digitization of ancient documents and post-processing of digitized documents

Nicola Barbuti (University of Bari)
Nei processi di digitalizzazione di artefatti culturali, le operazioni di acquisizione ottica, post elaborazione degli oggetti digitali e conversione nei formati di pubblicazione sul web sono senza dubbio i nodi di maggiore importanza per garantire la piena e perfetta esecuzione dei successivi passaggi finalizzati alla pubblicazione sul Web 2.0. Questo intervento presenterà metodologie e tecnologie dell’acquisizione ottico digitale, post elaborazione e conversione di oggetti digitali riproducenti artefatti documentali (libri, documenti d’archivio, mappe, etc.), descrivendo per ciascuna fase le diverse attività necessarie alla migliore esecuzione.
La prima parte presenterà l’acquisizione ottico digitale descrivendone le attività di analisi degli artefatti analogici, setting delle attrezzature hardware e software idonee alla corretta esecuzione, quality control degli oggetti digitali in produzione; la seconda parte illustrerà i diversi livelli di post elaborazione delle immagini tra correzione delle rumorosità e miglioramento qualitativo; la terza parte si soffermerà sulle tecniche di conversione nei formati di pubblicazione e sulle procedure di predisposizione degli oggetti digitali per l’indicizzazione con i metadati amministrativi, gestionali e descrittivi.

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.30
How to build a Web site for Digital Humanities applications

Chiara Mannari (Laboratorio di Cultura Digitale)
Luigi Siciliano (University of Bolzano)
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 the basic features of Omeka, a powerful yet affordable and easy to implement solution for development of web sites in the digital humanities domain. As the Wikipedia entry perfectly summarizes, “Omeka is a free, open-source content management system for online digital collections. As a web application, it allows users to publish and exhibit cultural heritage objects. […] A lightweight solution in comparison to traditional institutional repository software”.
The session will present also 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.

Friday June 14

09.00 – 12.30
Digital maps and Geographical Information Systems

Augusto Ciuffoletti (University of Pisa)
Digital Cartography is a key tool for rendering, teaching, or documenting historical facts. During this session we introduce the foundations of GIS, the basic concepts and terminology, and next we proceed to understand how to use these powerful tools.
We start from GIS applications installed on a personal computer, and proceed to web portals that provide GIS as a service, allowing to publish and share maps. Bring your PC with you to have an hands-on experience of GIS in the Web.

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.00
Summer School evaluation and Round Table on future editions

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