2015-2018 Linked Books (FNS)

Network of references among books on the history of Venice

We explore the history of Venice through citations, and build a web application to navigate through the resulting network of references, with the final aim of interlinking digital archives and digital libraries. For this goal we developed a system to automatically extract citations from a large set of digitized books and journals on the history of Venice. We are specifically interested in analyzing the interplay of citations to primary (e.g. archival documents) and secondary sources (scholarly literature), and the citation profiles of publications through time.


Citation Extraction, Citation Analysis, Venice, Scientometrics, Citation Networks.


Humanities Library of Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice (National Library of St Mark)
Archivio di Stato di Venezia, Venice (State Archive of Venice)
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice (Venice Institute for Sciences, Letters and Arts)
BEIC Digital Library, Milan
ICCU, Rome


Giovanni Colavizza, EPFL and Odoma

Project coordination, data processing and machine learning, data analysis

Matteo Romanello, EPFL

Project coordination, data architecture and processing, database administration

Vincent Barbay, EPFL

Interface development and system administration

Laurent Bolli, EPFL and Odoma

Interface design

Martina Babetto and Silvia Ferronato, EPFL (Venice)

Librarian, digitisation

Massimo Franceschet, University of Udine

Scientific advice

Frédéric Kaplan, EPFL