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Federico Nanni

Federico Nanni


PhD student, Science, Cognition and Technology, University of Bologna (2013-).

E-mail: federico.nanni8[at]

Office address:
CIS – Department of Philosophy and Communication
University of Bologna
Via Zamboni 38
40126 Bologna


12/2014 - … : Visiting PhD Student at the Data and Web Science Group, University of Mannheim, Germany.

08/2014–10/2014: Summer Internship at Foundation Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy.

06/2014: Visiting PhD Student at the Centre for Internet Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark.

12/2013: Short Professional Master in SEO, SEM and Social Media Marketing, Studio Samo, Bologna, Italy.

06/2013: Digital Humanities Summer School, University of Bern, Switzerland.

2010-2013: Laurea Magistrale (Master's Degree) in Historical Sciences, University of Bologna. Dissertation title: “Methods for preservation and access to digital documents of online newspapers”. Supervisors: Professor Francesca Tomasi (Computer science for archive keeping), Professor Maurizio Matteuzzi (Philosophy of Language).

2006-2010: Laurea in Arts, University of Bologna. Dissertation title: “How to Digitally Represent Historical Knowledge: The Atlas”. Supervisor: Professor Francesca Tomasi (Digital Humanities).

Professional experience

07/2014 - … : co-founder and researcher at FiND, a semantic search-tool project for academic contents. Our startup has been selected by Telecom Italia for the  2014 Working Capital Accelerator program.

07/2013 – … : collaborator at the publisher “Il Mulino” for the realization of  “PandoraCampus”, a web-platform for higher education digital books.

12/2013 – 07/2014: instructor of “Introduction to Logic” at the Science Education Department of the University of Bologna.

03/2013-08/2013: internship with the journal “Rivista il Mulino”, which involved proofreading articles that are published on the website and managing the website and its digital archive.


Digital History, with particular emphasis on the study and development of tools for preservation and retrieval of born-digital sources.

Natural Language Processing, with a focus on the possible collaboration between automatic extraction of information and tools for the representation of knowledge, such as Semantic Web technologies.

Web History, with special interest in the difference, for a historian, between analogical sources and born-digital ones.


F. Nanni, H. Kümper, S. P. Ponzetto, “Semi-supervised textual analysis and historical research helping each other: Some thoughts and observations”, in International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing (formerly History and Computing), forthcoming - 2016.

F. Nanni, “Reconstructing a website’s lost past - Methodological issues concerning the history of”, in Digital Humanities Quarterly (Second best paper at GDDH 2015), forthcoming - 2016.

F. Nanni, L. Dietz, S. Faralli, S. P. Ponzetto, “Towards a Computational History of Universities: Evaluating Text Mining Methods for Interdisciplinarity Detection from Ph.D. Dissertation Abstracts”, submitted to Digital Scholarships in the Humanities.

R. Bonfiglioli and F. Nanni, “From Close to Distant and Back: how to read with the help of machines”, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, Springer, under peer review.

A. Chakraborty and F. Nanni, “The Changing Digital Face of Science Museums: a diachronic approach to analyzing websites”. in: Web 25: Histories from the first 25 Years of the WWW, Peter Lang, under peer review.

F. Nanni, “Historical Method and Born-Digital Primary Sources: A Case Study of Italian University Websites”. In: Officina della Storia – special issue “From the history of the media to the media as sources of history”, 2015.

G. Guzzetta and F. Nanni, “Computing, memory and writing: some reflections on an early experiment in digital literary studies”, CLIC (Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics – Digital Humanities panel, 2015.

R. Bonfiglioli and F. Nanni. "From Close to Distant and Back: How to Read with the Help of Machines.", Pre-Proceedings of HaPoC 3: Third International Conference for the History and Philosophy of Computing, 2015.

F. Nanni, “Managing Educational Information on University Websites: a proposal for”. In: M. Agosti, F. Tomasi (eds.), Collaborative Research Practices and Shared Infrastructures for Humanities Computing, Proceedings of the 2nd Italian Digital Humanities Annual Conference - AIUCD2013, Padova, CLEUP, 2014, pp. 279-286.

F. Nanni, "L’archiviazione delle pagine dei quotidiani online", Diacronie. Studi di Storia Contemporanea, N. 15, 3|2013.

Conference and talks

2014, 9 November, “Digital pre-faces of science museums”, work conducted with Anwesha Chakraborty, poster session, History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA.

2014, 3 October, “Automatic detection of event factuality in Italian”, Human Language Technology Group, Foundation Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy.

2014, 06 September, “Changing Facets of Digital Pre-face of Science Museums: three case studies”, with Anwesha Chakraborty, 6th International Conference of European Society for the History of Science: Communicating Science, Technology and Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal.

2014, 11-12 June, “Italian University Websites: Piecing Together the Past”, PhD Seminar “Web Archiving and Archived Web”, Danish Digital Humanities Lab/NetLab, Aarhus University, Denmark.

2014, 02 June, “Primary Sources of the 21s Century: A Case Study of University Websites”, Centre for Internet Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark.

2014, 07 May, “Fonti primarie native digitali: come studiarle per riscoprire il web del passato”. Scrivere/Trascrivere – Gruppo Sperimentale Didattica Interdisciplinare, University of Rome 2 – Tor Vergata, Italy.

2013, 18-19 December, “Le università e il web: come recuperare e preservare le testimonianze relative ai primi 20 anni di presenza in rete delle università per comprendere quanto il digitale abbia modificato la comunicazione tra utenti e istituzioni”. The Italian Society of the History of Science - Christmas Day, University of Bologna, Italy.

2013, 11-12 December, “Uno strumento finalizzato all'individuazione e all'analisi degli argomenti trattati dagli insegnamenti delle università”. 2nd AIUCD Annual Conference on Collaborative Research Practices and Shared Infrastructures for Humanities Computing, University of Padova, Italy.


Member of EADH - European Association of Digital Humanities.

Member of ESHS - European Society for the History of Science.

Member of AIUCD - Italian Association for Digital Humanities and Digital Culture.

Linguistic competences

Italian (mother tongue), English.

Computer Skills

Solid knowledge of: Microsoft Office, Open Office and LaTeX. Good grasp over the most common markup languages, such as HTML and XML. Basic knowledge of the Semantic Web tools, in particular the Ontopia software, for the building of Topic Maps, and the Protégé software, for ontology creations. Basic programming skills in Python, on the NLTK package and in the use of YamCha, a machine learning tool based on Support Vector Machines (SVMs).


Reading (quite boring) cultural articles, listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan's albums and watching American movies with big explosions.