Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
Humanities research has traditionally been based on printed publications, manuscripts and personal correspondence.
A step forward to facilitate and improve this field of study, in order to foster research and promote outreach is to provide on-line digital reproductions of scholarly documents.
The amount of digital resources has grown considerably thanks to the efforts of many holders of collections who have started to digitize and publish their materials. However, to date, many existing projects are poorly connected.
Semantic Web technologies have the potential to combine the conflicting requirements of preserving the context from which the collections originated and, at the same time, to include resources in a structured and independent space of knowledge.
Since 2003 we have made use of Semantic Web technologies applied to the Digital Humanities by participating in several European projects, including: Discovery, aimed at developing a federation of digital libraries within the Semantics Humanities; Agora, for the development of a federation of Open Access Digital Libraries on European philosophy based on Linked Data technologies; and DM2E, aimed at aggregating several million digital manuscripts and publish them with open access to the European portal following Linked Data specifications.
For the CTL of the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy) we designed and built the graphical user interface and user experience for two digital collections: the prints and manuscripts of Anton Francesco Doni, and the Orlando Furioso iconography.
We designed and created the user interface for the digital archives which collect scientific contents concerning the life and work ofNietzsche, making a wide range of sources available to study.
Our tools for the Digital Humanities and the Cultural Heritage
A turnkey product for publishing digital resources on the Web
It is a flexible framework based on core and additional modules, all designed to answer the specific needs of scholars, editors and publishers