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Revolutionizing Historical Research with Digital Tools: Digital Lab Coordinated by Daniel Alves

Zaktualizowano: 17 mar 2023

We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Digital Humanities Lab (DH_Lab) associated with NOVA-FCSH of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. coordinated by Daniel Alves. As an expert in the application of digital humanities to history, he has created a space where researchers and students can explore the potential of digital tools in the field of history.

During our visit, we had the opportunity to participate in a workshop on Tropy, led by Anita Luccehi. Tropy is a tool that simplifies the management of research materials by allowing users to organize and annotate photos of documents, artifacts, and other sources. Tropy's user-friendly interface helps researchers easily capture, organize, and contextualize their research materials, enabling more efficient and comprehensive analysis. In addition, Tropy offers customizable templates suitable for a variety of research projects, allowing users to tailor the tool to their specific research needs. Overall, Tropy is a valuable resource for digital humanities researchers, providing a streamlined way to manage research materials and optimize the research process.

We also had the opportunity to learn from Ian Marino, who presented his work on digital methods in Brazilian historical research. Ian's presentation of the books "Caminhos da História Digital no Brasil" and "Por uma história da Covid-19" demonstrated how digital tools and methods can be used to analyze large data sets and gain new insights into Brazilian history.

Daniel Alves has designed and developed an innovative Master's program in Digital Humanities that aims to incorporate digital transformation in education and research. This program adopts an interdisciplinary approach, seamlessly integrating knowledge from the fields of Humanities, Information Sciences, and Computer Science. Drawing upon the extensive expertise gained from the previous Master's program in Information Management and Curatorship, this program caters to the ever-growing interest of national and international academic and research communities in the field of Digital Humanities.

Overall, our visit to the Digital Lab, coordinated by Daniel Alves, was a truly enriching experience. It was inspiring to see how digital tools and methods are changing historical scholarship, and we look forward to seeing what new discoveries are made in the future.

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