Anno Accademico 2020/2021

  • Docente: Fabio Ciotti
  • Crediti formativi: 6
  • SSD: L-FIL-LET/14
  • Lingua di insegnamento: Inglese
  • Modalità didattica: Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Laurea Magistrale in Digital humanities and digital knowledge (cod. 9224)

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

The course aims at providing a theoretical and practical knowledge in the application of digital methods and tools for the representation encoding and analysis of texts (literary and not). At the end of the course the students will acquire advanced skills in the techniques and issues related to the creation and the dissemination of electronic documents and the creation and management of digital text archives.


The course will give the theoretical foundations and the operational competences required to create and analyze digital textual resources. It will cover the following issues:

  1. Formal and computational models of textuality
  2. Models and frameworks for scholarly editing and publishing of digital text collections: XML and Text Encoding Initiative markup language
  3. Models and framework for scholarly annotation of digital text collections: CATMA
  4. Distant reading and cultural analytics theoretical and methodological rationales
  5. Text mining textual corpora: cluster analysis, topic modelling and network analysis


Burnard, Lou. 2014. What is the Text Encoding Initiative? How to add intelligent markup to digital resources. Marseille : OpenEdition Press. Web. http://books.openedition.org/oep/426

Underwood, Ted. 2019. Distant horizons: digital evidence and literary change. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Moretti, Franco. 2013. Operationalizing: or, the function of measurement in modern literary theory. Stanford Literary Lab Pamphlet 6 (December 2013). https://litlab.stanford.edu/LiteraryLabPamphlet6.pdf (20/08/2017)

Gradmann, S. & Meister, J.C. 2008. Digital document and interpretation: re-thinking “text” and scholarship in electronic settings. Poiesis Prax (2008) 5: 139. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10202-007-0042-y


Text Encoding Initiatives Guidelines: http://www.tei-c.org/Guidelines/P5/index.xml

Ted Underwood, “Topic Modeling Made Just Simple Enough.” The Stone and the Shell. http://tedunderwood.com/2012/04/07/topic-modeling-made-just-simple-enough/ .

Journal of Cultural analytics: http://culturalanalytics.org/

Voyant Tools: https://voyant-tools.org/

Metodi didattici

The course is composed of classroom lessons, exercises in the laboratory, and the designing of a team project.

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

The final examination consists of:

the oral discussion of the theoretical, methodological and technological aspect of the methods and tools discussed during the classes;

the presentation of an original project related to text encoding or text analysis.

The final evaluation of the student is based on the scores gained for each of the aforementioned points. In particular:

  • excellent evaluation: reaching an in-depth view of all the course topics and developing a sound project following all the principles and guidelines provided to the student during the lectures;
  • sufficient evaluation: reaching a partial view of the course topics demonstated with the discussion and providing a minor contribution to the development of the project;
  • insufficient evaluation: either not reaching even partial view on the course topics.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Classes are held in a classroom equipped with personal computers connected to the Intranet and Internet.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Fabio Ciotti