Digital tools for historical research [Sede TN] (2018/2019)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Serena Luzzi
Serena Luzzi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. II Trento dal Feb 11, 2019 al May 31, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

Acquisition of: skills in building databases for the circulation and valorisation of the results of historical research; ability to use the main IT tools (web and applications) for historical, statistical, cartographic and lexicographical research and analysis.


Prerequisits: Basic informatics skills. Students are asked to bring their laptops to classes.

Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Non attending students are kindly asked to contact the Instructor (

First Section. Digital Tools and Digital Humanities: What are we talking about?
Introduction. History and Digital Turn; Digital Humanities and Digital humanism; DH: The way to democratize history?
Second Section. Not just Google. A digital toolbox: digital tools for historical research.
Online sources: Digital Archives, Digital Libraries; Libraries and Virtual Catalog; Transcribing documents using platforms (transkribus) and open source software; Cloud file sharing. Digital Sources and Copyright, deontology and publication rights.
Third Section: Digital Tools and historical analysis. Knowledge production and the role of Digital Humanities in spreading scientific historical knowledge.
Fourth Section. How create a Digital Historytelling presentation with historical content using digital tools (model: Storytelling software).

Reference books
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