41834 - Computer Science for the Entertainment (1)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student understands the concept of information and knows fundamentals of computer science and library and information science in the field of humanities; he/she possesses theoretical knowledge, methodological skills and techniques to catalogue audiovisual documents (specially theatre and film).


Course contents

The course will guide the students in learning the principles at the basis of digital objects production in the humanistic domain


Introduction to Digital Humanities and digital information.

Computer Networks and communication protocols. Internet and WWW.

Information Literacy and Information retrieval. Search engines: Opac, directories or portals, social network (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook)

Library information systems (SBN). FRBR. metadata for libraries. Descriptive standards , indexing systems. Notes on Thesaurus principles, especially in theatre field. 

Digital Lybrary notion. Hints on Big data e digital platforms


  1. V. Bazzocchi, P.Bignami (a cura di), Le arti dello spettacolo e il catalogo, Roma, Carocci, 2013 (1,2,3,4,5,9,11,14,15,16,17,22)
  2. Dispensa a cura del docente resa disponibile online su AMS Campus a.a.2018-2019
  3. M. Lazzari, Informatica umanistica, McGraw-Hill, 2014 ( p.1-11; 37-44; 55-71; 81-137; 189-205; 276-290)

Teaching methods

Lessons will be theoretical and practical, with presentation of examples online and laboratory.
The practical activity of the laboratory should equip students with the skills needed to catalogue audiovisual documents.

Assessment methods

The examination takes place in a test, including three issues. One question on each of the part of the course contents: notions of libray and information science; search strategies and technologies on digital platforms; bibliographic control and cataloguing methods of audiovisual documents.

It will be possible, for the attending students only, present a short paper (4.000 / 6.000 characters) on a topic, previously agreed with the teacher.

Teaching tools

Classes are held in classrooms equipped with computer lab with PCs connected to the intranet and Internet. 

Use of slides

Theory lessons will always be accompanied by a practical part: critical analysis and use of the tools available (Web sites, software)

Practice on sw SEBINA/SBN.

Office hours

See the website of Vincenzo Bazzocchi