The Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH) supports the development, enhancement and accessibility of research and teaching in the interdisciplinary fields of Digital (DH) and Public Humanities (PH). It coordinates and facilitates the exchange and dissemination of knowledge, visions and experiences of established projects and inspiring initiatives.
The VeDPH is a hub for fostering collaboration between students, researchers and the public applying digital technology and enhanced methodologies to humanities research and citizen science across sectors and disciplines. The centre is part of the Department of Humanities of Ca' Foscari University of Venice and is located at Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà with its own spaces available for group work and equipped with advanced tools and technologies.
Ca' Foscari, aula Baratto
Malcanton Marcorà, 3° piano, sala Milone
Stimulate an interdisciplinary methodological discourse to serve as foundation for the collaborative development of durable, reusable, shared resources for research and learning.
Methodological awareness, collaboration and interoperability through openness. Good research builds upon itself, and its products will only last if they are built to be reused and further developed, and if they are grounded on solid theoretical and methodological reflection.
Textual Scholarship, Art History, History, GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) and Archaeology, Cultural Heritage.
Facilitate coordination between Digital and Public projects within Ca' Foscari University and between international DH and PH centres.
Broadcast DH and PH
Open access journal, conferences, workshops.
Integrate Digital and Public Humanities in all educational courses; encourage cooperation between school and academia.
Training for skills
Organization of courses for professionals in fields such as GLAM, education, research, new media.
The Venetian Unit of Research with Third parties (VeURT) of the Institute for Computational Linguistics “A. Zampolli” of the Italian National Research Council (ILC-CNR) collaborates with the Digital and Public Humanities Centre in the context of the framework Project “Archipelago DH”, which is focused on the following topics:
- creation of new multilingual resources for Digital Humanities acquired through advanced Optical Character Recognition (OCR) systems and through manual annotation of historical and literary documents;
- development of methods to improve the accuracy of OCR on historical multilingual documents, development of applications for linguistic, stylistic, philological annotation of historical and literary documents, and development of search engines applied to annotated textual corpora;
- integration of resources and tools within research infrastructures, especially CLARIN-IT.
Under specific research agreements, the VeURT:ILC-CNR offers scholars technologies for the digitization of historical and multilingual scholarly printed texts, and support for the development of research (web) applications.
The VeURT:ILC-CNR offers students the opportunity to carry out curricular and extracurricular internships, also under the patronage of CLARIN-IT, on topics of Digital Humanities.
Federico Boschetti is the current person in charge of the VeURT:ILC-CNR.