Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities and Learning

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
Thiviyan Thanapalasingams PhotoThiviyan ThanapalasingamResearch Assistant

News

READ-IT presented at DH2019 conference, Utrecht, Netherlands (July 2019)

READ-IT presented at DH2019 conference, Utrecht, Netherlands (July 2019)

READ-IT team members François Vignale (Le Mans University), Francesca Benatti (The Open University, pictured above) and Alessio Antonini (The Open University) presented a paper, entitled “Reading...

New Publication (July 2019): ‘Reading and Gaming’

New Publication (July 2019): ‘Reading and Gaming’

READ-IT Consortium PI Prof Brigitte Ouvry-Vial, together with Chloé Aubry & Cora Krömer (all Le Mans University) have produced a new publication, “Reading and Gaming” in a special...

New Publication (June 2019): ‘All We Do is “Stalking”: Studying New Forms of Reading in Social Networks’

New Publication (June 2019): ‘All We Do is “Stalking”: Studying New Forms of Reading in Social Networks’

READ-IT team member Dr Alessio Antonini (The Open University) and Associate Partner Dr Gustavo Gomez Mejia (Université François Rabelais, Tours) have a new peer-reviewed workshop article – ‘All...

New Publication (June 2019): ‘Modelling Changes in Diaries, Correspondence and Authors’ Libraries to support research on reading: the READ-IT approach’

New Publication (June 2019): ‘Modelling Changes in Diaries, Correspondence and Authors’ Libraries to support research on reading: the READ-IT approach’

READ-IT Project PI-5 Prof Guillaume Gravier (CNRS-IRISA, Rennes) and team members Dr Alessio Antonini (The Open University), Dr Francesca Benatti (The Open University) and Dr François Vignale (Le...

New Publication (April 2019): Alessio Antonini, ‘Developing a meta-language in multidisciplinary research projects: the case study of READ-IT’

New Publication (April 2019): Alessio Antonini, ‘Developing a meta-language in multidisciplinary research projects: the case study of READ-IT’

READ-IT UK project team member Dr Alessio Antonini has a new peer-reviewed workshop article – “Developing a meta-language in multidisciplinary research projects: the case study of...

READ-IT digital showcase at the SHARP conference (15-19 July), Amherst, USA

READ-IT digital showcase at the SHARP conference (15-19 July), Amherst, USA

READ-IT project UK PI Dr Shafquat Towheed will be running an interactive digital showcase about the READ-IT project at the annual conference of SHARP (The Society for the History of Authorship,...

READ-IT collaborative workshop (London, 3 July): ‘Reading the Classical Past’

READ-IT collaborative workshop (London, 3 July): ‘Reading the Classical Past’

READ-IT UK project team members Dr Shafquat Towheed, Dr Alessio Antonini, Dr Francesca Benatti and Dr Henry Stead will be working with Open University colleagues in Classical Studies and Digital...

New Publication (June 2019): Brigitte Ouvry-Vial, ‘LA CONCEPTION ÉDITORIALE DU LECTEUR EN FRANCE DES ANNÉES 1950 À LA FIN DES ANNÉES 1970’

New Publication (June 2019): Brigitte Ouvry-Vial, ‘LA CONCEPTION ÉDITORIALE DU LECTEUR EN FRANCE DES ANNÉES 1950 À LA FIN DES ANNÉES 1970’

READ-IT project PI Prof Brigitte Ouvry-Vial has a new peer-reviewed, open access articled published – ‘LA CONCEPTION ÉDITORIALE DU LECTEUR EN FRANCE DES ANNÉES 1950 À LA FIN DES ANNÉES 1970...

How to find listening experiences in books? The LED Project at the DARIAH EU annual event.

Last week, DARIAH EU The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) aims to enhance and support digitally-enabled research and teaching across the arts and humanities....

Publications

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. 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