Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0510 (AF:354191 AR:186168)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
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Acquaintance with the fundamental ideas of Digital Humanities for historians through the examination of metadata and standards; image and text; segmentation, pattern recognition and data extraction; data processing and machine learning; database and topic modeling; Big data of the past, data density and prediction; the basic unity in historical research; Network analysis; fake history. The seminar, considered as an interdisciplinary activity in the BA program in History, curricula From European Hegemony to Globalization, offers knowledge of the new approaches and methodologies that characterize the Digital Humanities and illustrates the potentiality of the new technologies applied to the study of historical data.
Through the critical acquisition of the contents offered by the course, the student should have achieved at the end of the module the necessary skills to orientate himself in the complexed articulation of Digital Humanities and understand the general lines of the methods and analysis of historical data. During the course the potentialities of a small part of the programs will be illustrated, but the teaching of their use and application is not in program.
No particular prerequisites are required.
The course will have ten lessons in which the following themes will be examined:
– From knowledge to information
– Knowledge reorganization and metadata
– image and text; OCR (Optical character recognition); space and time (cartography and geolocation)
– Segmentation, pattern recognition, data extraction
– Data processing and machine learning
– Database and topic modeling
– Big Data of the past, data density and prediction
– the basic unit of historical analysis
– Network analysis
– The dangers of fake history
Attenders - the texts indicated on Moodle are to be thoroughly studied:
Non-attenders - Additional texts can be found on Moodle
* COVID 19 EMERGENCY - the word "attenders" mean all those who participate in at least 6 out of 10 lessons (either present in class or via streaming)

The exam lasts one hour and a half. Students will be asked to develop 2 topics out of three.
COVID-19 EMERGENCY: in case the emergency persists and the impossibility of the teacher and students to be present at Malcanton Marcorà, the exam will be conducted orally through Google Meet.
frontal lesson through the projection of texts and images.
Reception hours: Monday from 11am to 1pm, at the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Palazzo Malcanton Marcora (but students are asked to check the "avvisi" section on the tutor's webpage to see whether the reception hour has not changed).
*COVID 19 EMERGENCY - in case the emergency persists and the impossibility of the teacher and students to be present at Malcanton Marcorà, the students are asked to contact the teacher for a reception through GoogleMeet.
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This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Cities, infrastructure and social capital" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 22/02/2021