Historical method, born digital sources and other fancy stuff

Hi! I’m Federico Nanni, PhD Student in Science, Technology and Society at the University of Bologna under the supervision of Maurizio Matteuzzi and Simone Paolo Ponzetto, and this is my old-style academic home page.

federico_nanniMy work is focused on the issues that arise when using born digital documents as primary sources to conduct research in contemporary history. In particular the goal of my Ph.D. is to better understand how the processes of finding, selecting and analyzing sources change when dealing with “born-digital” ones.

For these reasons, I am interested in the development and in the use of web archives and, at the same time, in information retrieval, natural language processing, semantic web technologies and, more generally, in every kind of computational method that could help historians in dealing with sources that are digitally created.

The main case study of my research is an analysis of the recent history of Italian universities through their born-digital traces. Pretty cool, eh!? I am having fun, I have to admit that.

During the first year of my PhD I spent one month as a visiting scholar at the Centre for Internet Studies at Aarhus University (working with Niels Brügger) and I did a summer internship with the Human Technology Group of the Foundation Bruno Kessler (supervisors Bernardo Magnini and Anne-Lyse Minard).

Since the beginning of my second year I have been working with the Data and Web Science Group at the University of Mannheim. In July 2015 I participated to a summer school on Machine Learning for Natural Language Understanding at the Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon.

If you want to contact me, here you can find my academic email and here my CV. I am on Linkedin, on Facebook and on Twitter, retweeting interesting stuff and complaining about boring Italian football matches, come by!

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