NLP and Digital History

Natural Language Processing and Digital History. The Project 'Voices of the Great War'
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Università di Pisa | Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere | Aula E1
With the establishment of the Digital Humanities, the availability of digital archives of significant importance for the community of historians is increasing day by day. However, the methods of accessing and exploring the contents of such archives often remain limited. The most recent developments of Language Technologies now provide a battery of methods and tools for a semantic exploration of primary and secondary sources, showing the potential of a promising synergy with significant effects on the work of historians.
Through the illustration of the project 'Voices of the Great War', funded by the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers, coordinated by the University of Pisa and carried out by the latter together with the Institute for Computational Linguistics "A. Zampolli" of the National Research Council of Italy, the University of Siena and the Accademia della Crusca, the Workshop will show the challenges faced, the solutions identified and the results achieved, through the intertwining of the voices of the historian, the computational linguist and the computer scientist.
Participation in the Workshop is free and free of charge.
The Workshop was co-organized by the Institute for Computational Linguistics "A. Zampolli" of the National Research Council of Italy and the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics of the University of Pisa.
  • Natural Language Processing and Digital History: a strategic synergy
    Simonetta Montemagni (ILC-CNR)
  • Voices of the Great War: history and reasons for a project
    Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa)
  • The construction of the corpus of Voices of the Great War: a selection of texts
    Nicola Labanca (University of Siena), Michele Di Giorgio (University of Pisa)
  • Digitization of texts and involvement of the WikiSource community
    Federico Boschetti (ILC-CNR)
  • Annotation and linguistic analysis of texts
    Felice Dell'Orletta (ILC-CNR), Irene De Felice (University of Pisa), Giulia Venturi (ILC-CNR)
  • The word to texts
    Reading of texts that are representative of the variety of voices in the corpus: male and female voices, grandiloquent and popular voices, public and private voices, voices of consensus and dissent will alternate
  • Discussion
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