The DR2 Research Group has been awarded a grant by Fondazione CRT for the project REPOSUM (“Rafforzare l’ecosistema piemontese delle tecnologie semantiche: un contributo delle scienze umane”). The project is based on a public-private partnership: more specifically, on the collaboration between the DR2 Research Group (Guido Bonino, the project coordinator, Enrico Pasini and Paolo Tripodi), two computer scientists of the University of Turin (Daniele Radicioni and Alessandro Mazzei) and Synapta Srl (directed by Federico Morando). MeDiHum (the Center for digitization of the University of Turin), ADI (the Italian association of PhD students and doctors) and Yeerida (a content provider in the field of digital publishing) have also expressed their interest for the project.

The Dr2 group has already worked on a research project on the history of contemporary Anglo-American philosophy. Taking into account the metadata of more than 20,000 PhD dissertations in philosophy defended in the US in the last 40 years, we have analyzed the keywords occurring in the abstracts, as well as the geographical distribution and chronology of the theses. In particular, we have focused on the relationship between the subject of the theses and the future academic success of the PhD candidates. So far this work has been carried out by means of relatively unsophisticated methods.

The further progress of this research, however, requires for the future the use of (at least partly) automated procedures, which are not available yet. By collaborating with Synapta, the DR2 group aims to create such tools. Of course, the creation of the digital tools does not start from scratch, as it is possible to integrate open source solutions, developed for other applications and other domains, and to use Linked Open Data protocols. The tools will also be tested on two different corpora: the British PhD theses in philosophy, and the Italian PhD theses in philosophy (provided by the Central National Library of Rome).

August 2017 – Beginning of the project

February 2018 – Grant awarded to Andrea Moresco

June 2018 – Grant awarded to Marco Leontino

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Type: computer scientist
  • Tasks: development of tools for automatic careers reconstruction; and for automatic data gathering, management and annotation

June 2018 – Grant awarded to Giulio Carducci

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Type: history of philosophy
  • Task: development of tools for automatic careers reconstruction; and for automatic data gathering, management and annotation
  • Aftermath: hired at Synapta s.r.l.

September 2018 – Automatic Career Reconstruction

Conclusion of the exploratory development of tools for automatic career reconstruction. Project shelved due to the a cost-benefit analysis.

November 2018 – Submission of a paper

  1. Title: Academic success in America: Analytic Philosophy and the Decline of Wittgestein
  2. Authors: Bonino, Guido & Tripodi, Paolo
  3. Venue: British Journal for the History of Philosophy (
  4. Accepted on May 2019

December 2018 – Submission of a paper

(further information is omitted as the paper is currently under review)

January 2019 – Submission of a paper

  • Title: Semantically Aware Text Categorisation for Metadata Annotation
  • Authors: Carducci, Giulio, Leontino, Marco, Radicioni, Daniele Paolo, Bonino, Guido, Pasini, Enrico & Tripodi, Paolo
  • Venue: Manghi, P., Candela, L., & Silvello, G. (Eds.) Digital Libraries: Supporting Open Science: 15th Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries, IRCDL 2019, Pisa, Italy, January 31

January 2019 – Classification

Conclusion of the development of tools for automatic document classification.

May 2019 – Enrichment

Conclusion of the development of tools for automatic semantic enrichment of data.

August 2019 – Grant awarded to Marco Viola

  • Duration: 3 months
  • Type: history of philosophy
  • Task: contribution to the critical assessment of results in a comparative perspective; website and social media management

October 2019 – Corpus

Construction of a corpus of PhD dissertations.

November 2019 – Final Event

Public presentation of the outcomes of the research project.