Students projects for the Venice Time Machine


Friday morning, students presented their interdisciplinary group projects for the Venice Time Machine.

In situ Multimedia guides. Gulcan Can, Leah Faibisoff, Elisbateta Graziosi, Bin Jin presented a project in which an anonymous Venitian guide you in the Venice of 16th Century. This augmented reality application permits to see and hear the Venice of that time while you walk in the contemporary city. The group argued this is a perfect application for Google glass. Natalia Kulesza, Arianna Farina, Mohamed Abbadi, Jason Cardone made a project to revivify Venice’s oral history. Audio descriptions are trigged in particular places. At the Ponte de Pugni for instance a particular fight took place, this story can be recalled in context. Stories will be collected in archives and interactive surveys will be done.

Networks of spies. Sami Arpa, Valentia Dal Cin, Egidio Priani and Yannick Rochat presented a project called “Incognito in Venice”. The goal of the project is to answer question like: Why did the military office Goujon try to murdered a Venetian supporter of the revolution?  Sources will be taken form the state inquisitors “The police of Venice” (Registro des forestieri, Letters from spies to the inquisitors, Investigations and trials on political suspects). A list of names will be extracted from Registro dei forestieri and match them with letters and investigations. Then a semantic interpretation of the meaning of the relations. A network analysis will be performed for identifying subgroups and study evolution of dynamics. Movement of actors will be mapped on the Geographical Information System.

A model of Merchandise trading networks. Jean-Eudes Ranvier, Cyril Bornet, Marina Martin Barbosa, Sandra Toffolo presented a project on “Merchandise trading in early modern Venice. They took a quantitative approach to a socio-economic question. The aim of their project si to analyse which types of commodities were transported on the Venetian galley and to spot patterns in these networks. The group showed records that have names of consignees and commodities transported (e.g. clothe, quicksilver, lead, copper etc.). The idea of the project is to put all the data in a big file and to extract information. Storage will be done in a relation database (extendable model (2NF)). It would be possible to show the evolution of commodities. The other part of the project will be the modelling of merchant strategies and ding out the most influent patricians and give possible identifications of new patterns.

A story lab. Lu Yao, Monica Peretto, Chiara Palazzo, Dario Rodighiero presented a project called “All stories are important”. This project studies starts form diaries like the one from Marin Sanudo (1496-1533). These are chronicles discussing political and military affairs, crimes, etc. These are very goof sources to document the daily life of the city. Marin Sanudo wrote 58 volumes, about 40 000 pages. The autograph manuscript is at the Marciana. The idea is to transform these diaries into a critical digital edition and then get the semantic data extraction, looking for events, people, space and time. The idea is to reconstruction person lives on this basis. Users could complete part of the story, to write the end of a person’s life, to resolve conflicts that emerge from events. Users will be invited to write stories under hints and constrains of history.

A Facebook of the past. Nikoloas Arvantipoulos, Stefania Coccato, Michael Mitchell, April Morton and Christina Munno presented a projected called “Opening the Libro d’Oro”. The idea is to create an on-line platform for users to reconstruct the lives of the Venetian Nobility. The goal is to develop a social networking environment consisting of a standardized database and user friendly interface. It will be both a research and visualisation tool, a kind of “Facebook” of the past including timelines, genealogical trees. The data can be extracted from various databases and Census. A Wikipedia type model will be used for validation. This participative model could entice the public and could open new sources.

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