Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities

The Intelligent Systems and Data Science team (ISDS) collaborates with academics from Arts and Humanities to promote the application of a broad range of Artificial Intelligence techniques to support humanistic enquiry.

Current initiatives include the Listening Experience Database (LED) project, where we are collaborating with musicologists at the Open University, the University of Glasgow and the Royal College of Music. The objective of the project is to develop an open access database containing over 10 thousands accounts of personal listening experiences. In this project, we capitalize on our experience in Ontologies and Linked Data, as well as our expertise in developing sophisticated processing pipelines. These enable domain experts to identify relevant material in textual corpora, import this material into the database and then access it through a faceted browsing interface. The latter facilitates the specification of complex search queries while at the same time hiding the complexities of database query languages.

We are also currently working on the EU-funded READ-IT project, a 3-year (2018-2020) interdisciplinary R&D project funded by the Joint Programming Initiative for Cultural Heritage. The aim of the project is to build a unique large-scale, user-friendly, open access, semantically-enriched investigation tool to identify and share evidence about 18th-21st century reading experiences in Europe.

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Team

Alessio Antoninis PhotoAlessio AntoniniResearch Associate
Enrico Dagas PhotoEnrico DagaSenior Project Officer: Data Science Group
Enrico Mottas PhotoEnrico MottaProfessor of Knowledge Technologies

News

Award for FASS authors at Hypertext 2020 conference

Award for FASS authors at Hypertext 2020 conference

On 15th July 2020, a paper by Open University researchers Alessio Antonini, Francesca Benatti and Sally Blackburn-Daniels was awarded the Douglas Engelbart Best Paper Award at the 31stACM...

Mediation as Calibration: A Framework for Evaluating the Author/Reader Relation

Mediation as Calibration: A Framework for Evaluating the Author/Reader Relation

The paper ‘Mediation as Calibration: A Framework for Evaluating the Author/Reader Relation’ tackles one the key findings of the modelling of the reading experience: the centrality of...

On Links To Be: Exercises in Style #2

On Links To Be: Exercises in Style #2

READ-IT project members Alessio Antonini and Francesca Benatti, and Sally Blackburn-Daniels of the Holographic Lee project, in collaboration with the Holographic Vernon Lee project, have produced...

IRISA team wins 2nd place for the Entity linking in French in the HIPE challenge

IRISA team wins 2nd place for the Entity linking in French in the HIPE challenge

READ-IT are excited to announce that the IRISA team (Rennes, France) participated in the HIPE (Identifying Historical People, Places and other Entities) challenge. HIPE is a named entity processing...

Dr Berit Janssen and Mr Jelte van Boheemen join READ-IT (1.06.2020)

Dr Berit Janssen and Mr Jelte van Boheemen join READ-IT (1.06.2020)

Dr Berit Janssen (pictured left) and Mr Jelte van Boheemen (pictured right), both based in the Digital Humanities Lab, Utrecht University, have joined the READ-IT team as developers, working under...

Major milestone reached: Reading Experience Ontology released on GitHub

Major milestone reached: Reading Experience Ontology released on GitHub

After an intense year and half of project work, Dr. Alessio Antonini (The Open University) and colleagues from Le Mans University and CNRS-IRISA have released the Reading Experience Ontology (REO)...

Reading during the Pandemic? ‘Reading and Wellbeing’ blog launched (5.05.2020)

Reading during the Pandemic? ‘Reading and Wellbeing’ blog launched (5.05.2020)

What have we been reading during the current COVID-19 pandemic? How has the quarantine changed the way we read? And how have books (and reading) become even more important to us at this time?...

Dr Maya Parmar returns to the READ-IT project (04.05.2020)

Dr Maya Parmar returns to the READ-IT project (04.05.2020)

Dr Maya Parmar (The Open University) has returned from maternity leave to resume her work supporting dissemination for public engagement and impact on the READ-IT project. She will be working...

Francios Vignale presents READ-IT

Francios Vignale presents READ-IT

READ-IT Team Member François Vignale presented the project at Progedo, Nantes, on September 30 2020. The title of the workshop was : ‘Les enjeux de la réutilisation des jeux de données dans...

Publications

2020

Antonini, A., , f. and , s. (2020) On Links To Be: Exercises in Style #2, 31st ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HT'20), Online


Antonini, A. and Brooker, S. (2020) Mediation as Calibration: A Framework for Evaluating the Author/Reader Relation, Proceedings of the 31st ACM HyperText, Orlando, Florida, USA


2019

Vignale, F., Benatti, F. and Antonini, A. (2019) Reading in Europe - Challenge and Case Studies of READ-IT Project, DH2019, Utrecht, Netherland


Antonini, A., Benatti, F., King, E., Vignale, F. and Gravier, G. (2019) Modelling Changes in Diaries, Correspondence and Authors' Libraries to support research on reading: the READ-IT approach, Workshop: Open Data and Ontologies for Cultural Heritage (ODOCH'19) at CAiSE '19, Rome, Italy


Antonini, A. and Lupi, L. (2019) Developing a meta-language in multidisciplinary research projects: the case study of READ-IT, Workshop: W14: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Exploring the Intersection of Philosophy and HCI at CHI 2019, Glasgow, UK


Antonini, A., Mejia, G. and Lupi, L. (2019) All We Do is Stalking - Studying New Forms of Reading in Social Networks, HyperText 2019, Hof, Germany, ACM


2016

Adamou, A., Daga, E. and Isaksen, L. (eds.) (2016) WHiSe 2016 - Humanities in the Semantic Web, Workshop: 1st Workshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web (WHiSe 2016) at 13th ESWC Conference 2016, Anissaras, Greece, 1608, CEUR-WS.org


Mouromtsev, D. and d'Aquin, M. (eds.) (2016) Open Data for Education: Linked, Shared, and Reusable Data for Teaching and Learning Open Data for Education: Linked, Shared, and Reusable Data for Teaching and Learning, Springer


d'Aquin, M. (2016) On the Use of Linked Open Data in Education: Current and Future Practices Open Data for Education: Linked, Shared, and Reusable Data for Teaching and Learning, eds. Dmitry Mouromtsev and Mathieu d'Aquin


2015

Brown, S., Barlow, H., Adamou, A. and d'Aquin, M. (2015) The Listening Experience Database Project: Collating the Responses of the 'Ordinary Listener' to Prompt New Insights into Musical Experience, The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, 13, pp. 17-32, CGPublisher