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Historical Content Analysis

Rachele Sprugnoli has been awarded a grant to attend the CENDARI Summer School in Historical Sources & Transnational Approaches to European History.

The DH group will present the demonstrator "De Gasperi Digitale". We will show our brand new platform to explore and analyze the corpus of Alcide De Gasperi's documents, which was developed in collaboration with the German-Italian Historical Institute at FBK.

So far, Human Language Technologies have not contributed in a substantial way to the development of Humanities even if they have evolved to a point where they can provide Humanities with analytic tools that go beyond text indexing. Some of the relevant technologies are: Named Entities recognition (e.g. identification of names of persons and locations within texts); extraction of semantic relations between entities (e.g. motion relations between persons and locations); temporal processing (i.e. identification of temporal expressions and events and extraction of relations between them); geographical information processing, key-concept extraction; distributional semantic analysis (i.e. quantification and categorization of semantic similarities between linguistic elements), sentiment analysis (i.e. determine the attitude of a writer with respect to some topic, identify the general polarity – positive, negative, neutral - of a text or of a statement).

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.