1 January 2015 to 31 December 2018 - PROJECT CLOSED

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, the project is now funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Province Lombarde and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto 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We are in charge of developing a web platform to analyze collections of historical documents from a temporal, geographical, linguistic and semantic point of view.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.

ALCIDE in the news

La Rivoluzione di Robespierre è fatta di parole” di M. Cortelazzo. Il Piccolo di Trieste, 01 Agosto 2016


Main reference for the platform:

Giovanni Moretti, Rachele Sprugnoli, Stefano Menini and Sara Tonelli “ALCIDE: Extracting and visualising content from large document collections to support Humanities studies“. Knowledge-Based Systems, vol. 111, pp. 100-112. (PDF of the pre-print version)

Main reference for the project:

Sprugnoli, Rachele; Moretti, Giovanni; Tonelli, Sara; Menini, Stefano, “Fifty years of European history through the Lens of Computational Linguistics: the De Gasperi Project“. Italian Journal of Computational Linguistics2016, pp. 89 –100

Other related publications:

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.

Giovanni Moretti, Sara Tonelli, Stefano Menini and Rachele Sprugnoli (2016). Building Large Persons’ Networks to Explore Digital Corpora. In Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Conference (DH 2016), Krakow, Poland. 

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqv027