Gianmarco Spinaci

Gianmarco Spinaci

Digital Humanities Research Associate
Digital Research Infrastructure for the Humanities
2019-2020, 2020-2021


Gianmarco Spinaci is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Digital Humanities and Digital Knowledge at the University of Bologna. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Management. Since graduating, he has been a consultant in the Digital and Semantic Publishing Laboratory (DASPlab), working on the project called RAJE: RASH Javascript Editor. As an intern at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) in Leiden, The Netherlands, he worked on identifying Arts and Humanities publications within the main publication databases; he is further developing this work for his Master's degree thesis.

Project Summary

The project aims to explore innovative forms of publishing historical sources and scholarly narratives coupled with structured research data, and to develop an infrastructure able to handle these novel forms of digital objects. The structure will allow users to seamlessly navigate a complex network of scholarly assertions utilizing Linked Open Data. The core goal emerged from semantically enriched scholarly narratives and historical documents. They will contribute to a vibrant culture of open scholarship and collaboration among researchers, disrupting barriers posed by proprietary databases where information is kept in silos, creating at different levels connection links between elements. This is possible thanks to the joint usage of Researchspace as infrastructure, Metaphacts as the templating engine, and Cidoc-CRM as the data model. Furthermore, the nature of this machine-readable data lends itself well to both structured and serendipitous discoveries, making it attractive and engaging to both undergraduates and seasoned scholars alike. The overarching aim is to advance the global paradigm shift in publishing models, away from inward-looking, closed and costly strategies, towards an open and inclusive model that encourages collaboration and open-access.