Temporal Content Annotation

Our group, in collaboration with ILC-CNR, TrentoRise and HLT-FBK, is organizing a task devoted to the EValuation of Events aNd Temporal Information in Italian text within the EVALITA 2014 organization campaign .

In addition to the main task on contemporary news stories, we propose a pilot task on temporal processing of historical texts to promote the application of NLP techniques to the Digital Humanities domain.

For this reason Rachele is annotating De Gasperi’s writings about the outbreak of World War 1 with our tool CAT (Content Annotation Tool) following the It-TimeML specifications.

Screenshot of CAT: annotation of temporal expressions in a writing by De Gasperi dated 1914
Screenshot of CAT: annotation of temporal expressions in a writing by De Gasperi dated 1914

Annotated texts will be used to evaluate the performances of automatic Temporal Processing tools.

Memories of 2013

Before focusing on 2014, let us look back to 2013 when we started our adventure with the new research group devoted to Digital Humanities in Fondazione Bruno Kessler.

In June Sara took part to the DH Summer School in Switzerland:

Sara at the DH Summer School in Switzerland

In July Rachele attended the CENDARI Summer School in “Historical Sources & Transnational Approaches to European History” in Florence:

Rachele at the CENDARI Summer School
Rachele at the CENDARI Summer School

In September all the group participated to the Researchers’ Night in Trento presenting the fisrt version of the ALCIDE platform:

Sara, Giovanni and Stefano at the Researchers’ Night

In December Stefano presented his work on readability at the Herrenhausen Conference “(Digital) Humanities Revisited – Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age”  in Hanover.

2013 ended with our DH Workshop in memory of Emanuele Pianta:

Sara presentation during the DH Workshop in Trento
Sara’s presentation during the DH Workshop in Trento



News of the Day

A brand new blog has been launched today by Associazione Italiana per l’Informatica Umanistica e la Cultura Digitale: http://infouma.hypotheses.org/ 

As reported on the Home Page: “The aim of this blog is to create a forum for debates within the academic community regarding issues and questions of digital culture and of digital humanities. We would like to foster a discussion on these topics as open as possible, while at the same time give more visibility to what happens in Italy in the field.”

Today, also a new YouTube channel dedicated to DH has been launched: https://www.youtube.com/user/dhdkanal

At the moment three videos are in English (others are available in German): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_aqAE00s6w1SBx8DRlQwIQ9JTERrrYCv

Our ALCIDE platform could be perfectly mentioned in the video “Virtual Research Worlds” :-)

How do we define DH?

DH is the field in which Humanities and Information Technologies can interact and support each other.

On one side Humanistic competences can help Human Language Technologies to tackle one of the most difficult challenges of the discipline, which is the handling of the semantics of human language texts.

On the other side Information Technologies can support research activities where the analysis of texts and images plays a crucial role and that are traditionally qualified as Humanistic (e.g. Historical and Literary Studies; Cultural Heritage).