85022 - Laboratory Digital Resources (1)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

By the end of the lactivity, the student is able to use digital resources providing support for studies, teaching and research.

Course contents

1) Basic concepts

-Meaning and implications of the term digital

-The capacity for symbolic representation and communication of man

-The binary coding of information

1) Digital culture: the digital cultural heritage

-The normative definition of cultural heritage

-The dissemination of cultural heritage through digital: features of Web 2.0 or interactive web

- Digital cultural resources on the web (documents, images, videos, software, collection of objects) of museums, libraries, archives and cultural institutions: state of the art

2) The representation of digital resources: the tools

-Definition of digital resource

-Descriptive elements of digital resources: metadata

-Metalanguages and coding or marking languages


3) Access to digital cultural resources

-Digital libraries –Repositories

-Deposits open access: the collections of cultural resources of the University of Bologna to support studies, teaching and research

4) The search for documentation and information on the web

-Cataloging of texts and search engines -The role of serch engines in the search for information on the web -The operation of search engines

- Alternative research tools to generalist engines

5) Introduction to the conservation of digital objects (documents): models and conceptual framework - Conceptual nodes

-The formats

-Methods for conservation

6) Websites to search for documentation and information related to the philosophy


- S. Catano - A. Ferrara - S. Momtanelli, Informazione, conoscenza, e Web, Pearson, 2009, Capp. 2 (Semantica dei dati:ontologie e rappresentazione della conoscenza), 7 (Analisi e classificazione automatica dei testi), 8 (Architettura e standard per il Web), 9 (Contenuti sul Web: i linguaggi di marcatura), 10 (I motori di ricerca), 12 (L'evoluzione del Web: web 2.0 e Semantic Web), 17 (Nuove modalità di fruizione dei contenuti: topic map e ontologie).

-M. Lazzari, Informatica umanistica, McGraw-Hill, Milano, 2014. Capp. 7 (Arte e beni culturali nell'era digitale), 8 (Biblioteconomia e ricerca delle informazioni in Internet).

- T. Numerico - D. Fiormonte - Francesca Tomasi, L'umanista digitale, il Mulino, Bologna, 2010. Capp. 3 (Rappresentare e conservare), 4 (Cercare e organizzare) e Appendice (Il panorama internazionale delle digital humanities)..

- T. Numerico -A. Vespignani, Informatica per le scienze umanistiche, il Mulino, Bologna, 2003. Capp. 5 (La rappresentazione dell'informazione testuale e linguaggi di codifica) e 6 (Biblioteche elettroniche e archivi digitali).


Further bibliography / sitography and educational materials will be available on the ON LINE TEACHING platform

Teaching methods

Standard and online frontal lessons with the aid of multimedia and video tools. Practical exercises on the search for digital resources of humanistic interest, technical demonstrations, presentation of problems or cases.

As concerns the teaching methods of this course unit, all students must attend Module 1, 2 [https://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/health-and-assistance/health-and-safety/online-course-on-health-and-safety-in-study-and-internship-areas] on Health and Safety online.

Assessment methods

The outcome of the examination is expressed with a judgment of suitability / non-suitability.

The eligibility exam consists of:

  1. a written test using a test with multiple choice question type, multiple choice, true or false statement, open answer, word association, personalized question aimed at ascertaining mainly the mastery of acquired knowledge;
  2. a short essay to ascertain goals of competence understood as the ability to coordinate knowledge and skills and on certain issues concerning the subject matter of the course.

The time for the written test will be twenty minutes. The QUIZ will be passed by answering exactly 75% of the questions.

In evaluating the short essay, particular account will be taken of the student's ability to know how to orient himself within the sources, the topics covered in class and the exam bibliography to illustrate themes and problems, and to be able to establish links between them. Furthermore, the ability to express oneself with language appropriate to the subject matter will also be taken into account.

Teaching tools

Learning control questionnaires.

Collaborative online teaching tools to integrate traditional classroom teaching activities: Moodle platform, forum, chat, web conf .. wiki.

Use of contents (textual and multimedia teaching materials, videos, exercises) available to students enrolled on the e-learning platform.

Online Educational Resources: Sitography.

Office hours

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