Fellow Dr. Gioele Barabucci

Dr. Gioele Barabucci

Cologne Center for eHumanities, University of Cologne

  Fellow at CAIS from May to October 2017

Comparative document analysis as a tool to investigate social developments

This project uses automated, computer-based comparative methods to examine digital documents. These methods are intended to help understand how current regulations or the state of knowledge in certain areas develop over time. For example, analyzing the EU directive on energy consumption can show how the directive has changed, and how it has affected the production of electrical appliances.

During my stay at CAIS, I will use encyclopaedic online projects (such as OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia) to investigate documents that users are constantly changing.

In doing so, I want not only to describe the data structure of large text collections, but also to analyze the knowledge represented by these data. My project aims to make methods of theoretical computer science usable for other disciplines, such as the social sciences.

Main Research Topics
  • Computer-based, comparative document analysis
  • Comparison algorithms and Revision Control System
  • Formalization of knowledge
  • Theoretical computer science and its points of contact with the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences
Curriculum Vitae
  • 2014-15, now: Cologne Centre for eHumanities: research assistant with focus on modelling, research data management, and collation
  • 2015-16: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Experienced Researcher in DiXiT ITN, EU FP7
  • Since 2013: Organizer of the ACM DChanges Workshop, part of the annual international conference ACM DocEng.
  • 2013: Doctorate in computer science: Dr. rer. nat., University of Bologna, Italy
Lectures and Publications
  • Barabucci, G. (2017, April). Not a Single Bit in Common: Issues in Collating Digital Transcriptions of Ibn Rušd’s Writings in Multiple Languages (Arabic, Hebrew and Latin), Digital Humanities Abu Dhabi 2017 Conference. New York University Abu Dhabi.
  • Barabucci, G. (2017, Februar). Computer-assisted collation and digital documents: possibilities, limits and open research questions, Graduiertenkolleg 2196: Dokument – Text – Edition, Bergische Universität Wuppertal.