Introducing… Federico Nanni
What’s your name?
What’s your background?
Up until 2013, I was a traditionally-trained historian interested in the potential of web archiving for better understanding the present times. Then, during my PhD in History of Technology at the University of Bologna (and especially thanks to extended visiting periods in Mannheim, Trento, Aarhus and New Hampshire), I got closer and closer to natural language processing and information retrieval. Now, as part of the Research Engineering Group at the Turing, I am broadly interested in adopting and adapting these techniques in humanities and social science research projects. Whenever possible, I am still having fun working with web archives!
In one sentence, what is your role on the project?
As a historian and a research data scientist, I contribute to both implementations and critiques of our computational approaches.
What excites you about the project?
Aiming to become an example of a different way to conduct research in the humanities and the digital humanities.
What challenges do you see ahead?
Matching our own expectations, even before the ones from the research community.
What’s the last (non-work) book you read, exhibition or performance you saw?
I’d like to mention the first concert I saw, just a couple of days after I moved to London, last September. It was by Camp Cope: really great and inspiring performance.
Finally, where can people find out more about you and your work?