Tuesday, 30 May 2017 | 16:00 to 18:00

The Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH) has invited Sara Tonelli to hold an evening lecture on May 30 2017.

Title: NLP for Historical Content Analysis: Ongoing work and Open challenges.


The application of research practices and methodologies from Natural Language Processing (NLP) to Humanities studies is having a great impact on the way humanities research is being conducted. However, although many applications have been developed to automatically analyse document collections from the historical or the literary domain, they often fail to provide a real support to scholars. 

This depends on a number of reasons: automated systems, typically tailored to news, may perform poorly in different domains, or the algorithms may be deemed too complex by humanities researchers. Furthermore, a system may suffer from poor usability in spite of a good accuracy, or the annotation scheme behind a task may not suit scholars’ needs.

This talk will give an overview of such issues and present some possible solutions in the light of ongoing collaborations between the Digital Humanities group at Fondazione Bruno Kessler and history scholars.


Göttingen, Historic Library Building