Digital Humanities, or Humanistic Informatics, are an emerging discipline that deals with themes of humanistic research through new approaches and paradigms based on ICT (Information Communication Technology) tools.

Cineca, with its multidisciplinary expertise, has contributed to the success of some successful cases.

The experience of the exhibition "Gli etruschi e l’aldilà" (Etruscan and the Afterlife), for example, saw the participation of different groups of researchers, who also participated in the workshop on the sarcofago degli sposi, up to the communication of data in a spectacular sense, with a museum installation of an emotional type, and also an experimentation in archaeological research]. Another example is the Horizon 2020 I-Media-Cities project which, according to an ecosystemic view, exploits the computing power of Cineca machines for artificial intelligence applications. Thanks to this platform it is possible to do research on a rich digital archive of photos and videos from 9 European film archives, automatically identifying the contents of interest up to the single frame. The object detection algorithms identify elements of the image and make them searchable, expanding the search fronts.

 

IDEA: Isabella d'Este Archive


Isabella d’Este Virtual Studiolo is another example of how computer graphics and databases can be a valid support tool for both research and dissemination
Cineca participates in the national Big Data Community project, which also includes the Global Social Science section, Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

 

Interview with Jeffrey Schnapp

I-Media-Cities: users point of view (Camille Blot‑Wellens and Ingrid Stigsdotter)