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ALCIDE (Analysis of Language and Content In a Digital Environment)

Cooperation with the history research group at FBK (ISIG), led by prof. Paolo Pombeni, whose main research topic is the study of major historical transitions.


The goal of the joint project is to enhance historical research, in particular the analysis of political discourse, with state-of-the-art IT technologies. In the first stage of the collaboration we focused on the writings and speeches of Alcide De Gasperi. We are now extending the platform with new corpora, e.g. presidential speeches.

While the first platform version was an internal FBK initiative to foster collaboration between ICT center and ISIG, we recently acquired a new grant from Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Province Lombarde and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto to extend the collaboration till October 2017.

2 years

ISIG  (Italian - German Historical Institute)

CaRiPLo and CaRiTRo grant
Unit role: 

We are in charge of developing a web platform to analyze collections of historical documents from a temporal, geographical, linguistic and semantic point of view. An introductory presentation can be found here

Check the ALCIDE Demo Video.


Giovanni Moretti, Sara Tonelli, Stefano Menini and Rachele Sprugnoli (2014). "ALCIDE: An online platform for the Analysis of Language and Content In a Digital Environment" . In Proceedings of the First Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics (CLIC-2014), Pisa, Italy.

Alessandro Marchetti, Rachele Sprugnoli and Sara Tonelli (2014). Sentiment Analysis for the Humanities: the Case of Historical Texts. In Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Conference (DH2014), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Rachele Sprugnoli, Sara Tonelli, Alessandro Marchetti and Giovanni Moretti (2015). Towards Sentiment Analysis for Historical TextsDSH: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.