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Temporal and Spatial Content Tracking

In recent years, temporal and spatial analysis has taken root in several closely connected areas of the humanities. The extraction of temporal information from text,  e.g. from news, has become a major research topic in Human Language Technologies and has been widely used in related applications such as question answering and automatic summarization systems. Also the study and the exploitation of spatial information in history and literature has received a great deal of attention in recent years, especially thanks to the possibilities offered by geographical information systems (GIS).

One of the goals of the Digital Humanities group at FBK is to exploit the possibilities offered by GIS to visualize locations and events and investigate their complex interrelation in space and time. Different techniques for spatio-temporal analysis will be implemented to extract events and locations from texts (e.g. historical documents, literary texts, etc.) , integrate data from different sources and create multiple layers of spatio-temporal information.

 

 

Application cases: 

1) Extraction of spatio-temporal information from Alcide De Gasperi's speeches and analysis of their relations to audience type, political role, speaker's attitude, linguistic style.

2) Extraction and analysis of the temporal and spatial relations among verbo-visual artworks coming from different archives (e.g. Mart Museum, Museion in Bozen, Europeana network)

Objectives: 
  • Develop tools to extract temporal and spatial information from documents and combine them by creating multiple layers of information.
  • Keep track of changes related to the spatio-temporal dimension of documents, especially in the History domain.