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.

In the EU-funded H2020 project Polifonia (2021-2024), we lead a multi-disciplinary team of OU researchers, collaborating with the Music Department and the Music Computing Lab in building the European Knowledge Graph of Musical Heritage. Our role spans information extraction from unstructured content (texts and music) and developing innovative ways to apply Knowledge Graphs for supporting research in musicology and cultural studies on music.

Our expertise in AI and Web technologies is also applied to the museums’ archives and social media in the EU-funded project SPICE: Social Cohesion, Participation, and Inclusion for Cultural Engagement.
The project researches and develops innovative methods for Citizen Curation. Within SPICE, we develop the Linked Data infrastructure to connect cultural objects, collections, and citizen contributions with a stack of intelligent services for content discovery, analysis, and tracing.

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.

Past 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. LED developed 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. The LED data can be accessed from the Open Knowledge Graph of the Open University. 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.

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Team

Alessio Antoninis Photo
Alessio AntoniniResearch Associate
Jason Carvalhos Photo
Jason CarvalhoProject Officer - Data Hub Development
Enrico Dagas Photo
Enrico DagaResearch Fellow
Enrico Mottas Photo
Enrico MottaProfessor of Knowledge Technologies

News

Annual SHARP conference ‘Moving Texts: From Discovery to Delivery’ (26-30.07.2021)

Annual SHARP conference ‘Moving Texts: From Discovery to Delivery’ (26-30.07.2021)

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) will meet virtually in Münster, Germany, from July 26 to 30, 2021. Over 400 delegates will be attending to discuss research...

International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature Conference (23-26.05.2021)

International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature Conference (23-26.05.2021)

The Open University READ-IT colleagues Dr. Francesca Benatti and Dr. Alessio Antonini will attend the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature Conference, 23-26 June 2021. They...

READ-IT Dutch chatbot launched (10.03.2021)

READ-IT Dutch chatbot launched (10.03.2021)

The READ-IT project team are delighted to announce the launch of the Dutch version of our chatbot. The chatbot asks you a series of five different prompt questions, to encourage you to share your...

READ-IT Italian chatbot launched (16.02.2021)

READ-IT Italian chatbot launched (16.02.2021)

The READ-IT project team are delighted to announce the launch of the Italian version of our chatbot. The chatbot asks you a series of five different prompt questions, to encourage you to share your...

The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction (18, 19, 25, 26.03.21)

The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction (18, 19, 25, 26.03.21)

The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction, a conference hosted by the Institute of English Studies, will take place on 18, 19, 25 and 26 March 2021. It is not hard to find...

READ-IT French chatbot launched (05.02.2021); Le Mans conference (31.03-02.04.2021)

READ-IT French chatbot launched (05.02.2021); Le Mans conference (31.03-02.04.2021)

The READ-IT project team are delighted to announce the launch of the French version of our chatbot, ahead of the “Voisins” conference at Le Mans Université, 31 March to 2 April 2021. The...

Transmedia Beyond Definitions

Transmedia Beyond Definitions

The UK team members Francesca Benatti and Alessio Antonini are organizing the workshop “Transmedia Beyond Definitions” to bootstrap a cross-disciplinary discussion on the emerging practices of...

UK-RED & READ-IT

UK-RED & READ-IT

The UK Reading Experience Database (UK-RED) is a pioneering project collecting reading experiences, for over 20 years. On 4 January 2021, the UK team of READ-IT released a new version of the UK-RED...

Circuits, Cycles, Configurations: an Interaction Model of Web Comics

Circuits, Cycles, Configurations: an Interaction Model of Web Comics

In November 2020, Francesca Benatti and Alessio Antonini from the UK team of READ-IT, with Sam Brooker of the Richmond University of London, presented a new paper on Webcomics at the International...

Publications

2020

Antonini, A., Benatti, F. and Blackburn-Daniels, 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