Dr Andrea Nanetti first theorized Engineering Historical Memory (EHM) as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University in 2007. The first EHM tests on highly cross-linked historical data have been published in Italy in 2008 (local urban historical memory transmission)[1], 2010 (global  views and networks)[2], and 2011 (regional man-heritage-landscape systems)[3]. These pioneering research and publication projects are at the basis of the subsequent and related digital humanities projects of this web platform.

EHM has been supported by:

  • University of Bologna (2008-2011)
  • Università di Venezia Ca’ Foscari (2010-2012)
  • Meduproject Srl (Spin-off company of the University of Bologna, 2013)
  • Microsoft Research (2014-2015 and 2016-2017)
  • Microsoft Azure for Research (2015-2016 and 2016)
  • NTU Singapore (StartUp Grant 2014-2016, M4081357)
  • Guangzhou Ruifeng Culture & Communication Co., Ltd (2017-2018)
  • Singapore Ministry of Education (TIER 1 RG55/17NS, 2017-2020)
  • Digimagic Pte Ltd (2019)
  • Singapore Ministry of Education (TIER 1 RG45/19NS, 2019-2021)
  • Techno India NJR Institute of Technology (Seed Research Grant, 2020-2021)
  • Università di Venezia Ca’ Foscari (2019-ongoing, in kind)
  • Università degli Studi di Firenze (2020-ongoing, in kind)
  • Taylor & Francis (2020-ongoing, in kind)
  • Singapore Ministry of Education (TIER 1 RG45/20NS, 2020-2023)
  • SenticNet (2022-ongoing, Sentiment Analysis APIs)
  • Singapore Ministry of Education (TIER 1 RT20/21, 2022-2025)

GLAMi Awards 2021

On 23 April 2021, Engineering Historical Memory (EHM) was announced among the winners of the GLAMi Awards 2021 (MuseWeb Conference - Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums Innovation awards) in the “Resources for Scholars and Researchers” category. The GLAMi awards are sponsored, among others, by Microsoft (Global sponsor) and Google Arts & Culture (Gold sponsor) and annually recognise and celebrate innovative projects in the cultural heritage sector.

Science Breakthrough of the year - Falling Walls 2021

On 19 July 2021, Engineering Historical Memory (EHM) was announced among the finalists for Science Breakthrough of the Year in the category Social Sciences and Humanities upon nomination made by the School of Advanced Study, the University of London, on 30 Nov 2021.

UNESCO - “Jikji Memory of the World” Award

On 28 April 2022, the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, after submitting the candidacy to the competent Italian Ministries and deeming it worthy of participating in the competition, sent the EHM project to the organisers of the Award for evaluation as mentioned this online news.

 

Student Training (120, 2012-2023):

  • Irene Volpin, Marianna Volpin (the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, Cultural Heritage, Undergrad student projects, 2012-2013)
  • Luo Shen-Shen (NTU Singapore, Animated Installation for Cultural Heritage, PhD Candidate, 2014-2018)
  • Christina Tan En Hui, Deborah Roshni Rajaratnam, Goh Hua Zhen, Seah Jia Xin, Seoh Wei Qi Vicki, Tay Woon Yeow (NTU Singapore, University Scholars Program, Maritime Silk Roads, 2015)
  • Jolinda Soh Sing En, Kieran Yio Pei Teck (NTU Singapore, Computer Science and Engineering, Final Year Projects, 2015-2016)
  • Chen Hailin (NTU Singapore, Computer Science and Engineering, Intern at Microsoft Research Beijing, 2016-2017)
  • Alicia Soon Biqi, Boey Yi Heen, Charmaine Choo Xinyi, Daniel Lim Tien Ming, Luar Shu Qi, Randy Toh Yong Hung, Siau Wen Hui (NTU Singapore, University Scholars Program, Maritime Silk Roads, 2016)
  • Liu DanYun (NTU Singapore, User Experience of Renaissance World Maps Online, PhD Candidate, 2016-2021)
  • Ker Min Jie (NTU Singapore, Computer Science and Engineering, Final Year Project, 2018)
  • Vu Nguyen Khoi (Hanoi University of Science, Final Year Project, 2018)
  • Esther Goh Hui Fen, Lai Yun Sxin, Lim Mengyu, Michelle Neoh Jin Yee, Shen Fuyang, Teo Wei Siang Eugene, Vanessa Ellen Nah Mei Yin (NTU Singapore, University Scholars Program, Maritime Silk Roads, 2018)
  • Ong Victor (NTU Singapore, Animation, MA Candidate, 2019)
  • Andree Hansen Wibowo (NTU Singapore, Visual Communication, Undergrad Student Work, 2019)
  • Gerald Wee (NTU Singapore, Animation, Undergrad on internship at the National Library of St Mark in Venice, 2019)
  • Li TinGyi, Fan Qing, Chen YuanYuan (the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, Undergrad Student Work 2019-2020)
  • Hedren Sum (NTU Singapore, Art History, PhD Candidate, 2019-2022)
  • Jebra Ruth Won, Oen Weng Wah Nicholas, Yip Jun Sheng, Yap Wei Ying (NTU Singapore, Animation, Undergraduate Student Work, 2020-2022
  • Jonathan Kevin Chandra (NTU Singapore, Computer Science and Engineering, Final Year Project, 2020)
  • Clemens Tan Yu Chen (NTU Singapore, Animation, Undergrad Student Work, 2020)
  • Oen Weng Wah Nicholas and Teo Jing Yi (NTU Singapore, Animation, Undergrad Student Work and Internship at the DIDALABS of the University of Florence, 2020)
  • Antón Del Bianco, Chiara Paolucci, Erica Verlato, Giorgia Pometti, Manuel Bonomo, Sephora Vallotton, Giuseppe De Donno, Giovanni Maglia, Giulia Laudenzi, Giulia Ailello, Giorgia Procida, Amir Jerbi, Laura Sai, Nader Odeh (the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, Undergrad and Graduate Students on Internship, 2020-2021)
  • Xu Peisen (NTU Singapore, Animation, MA Candidate, Graduate Student Work, 2020-2022)
  • Yap Wei Wen Marc (NTU Singapore, Animation, Undergrad Student Work, 2020-2021)
  • Giselle Lim, Muhammad Khaizuran bin Rashid, Ng Sok Huei Sophia, Syaza Nisrina binte Khairul Lizan, Suhita Arindyah Kusumawardhani (NTU Singapore, English Literature and Art History, Undergrad student projects, 2021)
  • Muhammad Zaqeer bin Mohd Radzi and Jessabel Teng Sheng Hui (NTU Singapore, Animation, SGUnited Traineeship Program, 2020-2021)
  • Tay Jun Pin (NTU Singapore, History, Undergrad student project, 2021)
  • Zhang Haoxiang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, PRC, Undergrad student project, 2021)
  • Ping Chuchen, Zhang Ziqi (Nanjing University, PRC, Undergrad student projects, 2021)
  • Yap Wei Ying (NTU Singapore, Animation, Undergrad Student Work, 2021)
  • Philippe van Mastrigt, Philip Groet, Owen van Hooff (Delft University of Technology, BSc Graduation Project, 2021)
  • Max Deutman, Mathijs van Geerenstein, Laurens Vergroesen (Delft University of Technology, BSc Graduation Project, 2021)
  • Cristian Meo, Alberto Dall'Ora, Yao Yuanyuan (Delft University of Technology, MSc's Student Class Project, 2021)
  • Qi Zhang, Renjie Dai (Delft University of Technology, MSc's summer project, 2021)
  • Theophilus Kwek Siew Sien (NTU Singapore, Computer Science and Engineering, Undergrad Student Work, 2021)
  • Yao Yuanyuan, Yanan Hu, Qi Zhang (Delft University of Technology, MSc's Student Thesis, 2021-2022)
  • Muhammad Syahrul Anuar bin Batiar (NTU Singapore, Photography, Undergraduate Student Work, 2021)
  • Sophie-Isabelle Tan Lee Ann, Yee Chenhui Elizabeth (NTU Singapore, English Literature and Art History, Undergrad student projects, 2021)
  • Tan Shi Ying (NTU Singapore, Environment Earth Systems Science, Undergrad student project, 2021)
  • Au Jun Wen Nicole, Celeste Chia Yi Ying, Chee Jia Min Nicole, Chee Shaowei Ellen, Colette Chong Shi Min, Goh Eng Min Joanne, Jasmine Goh Jia May, Kho Hong Kai, Phoebe Ng Zi Ying, Poh Shi Jie Louis, Renee Wong Tong Ling, Wong Shiqi Jay, Yip Jin Sheng (NTU Singapore, Visualising Cultural Heritage, Undergrad student projects, 2021)
  • Lee Zhao Heng Ryan, Chen Hao En Joshua, Nan Shi Yuan, Bervyn Chua Lee Ann (NTU Singapore, Animation, Undergraduate Student Work, 2021-2022
  • Haney Khairunnisa Binte Mohd Nor, Amira Firzana bte Mohidden Abdul Kader (NTU Singapore, History, Undergraduate Student Work, 2021-2022
  • Aron Hoogeveen, Lars Hoogland, Matthijs Korevaar, Leo Zheng, Max van Oort, Robert Bos (Delft University of Technology, Bachelor Graduation Project, 2022)
  • Laura Angellotto, Margherita Giglio, Sabrina Langella, Matteo Murru, Martina Vanacore (Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Internships, 2022-2023)

External Service for Data Entering in the EHM Database:

  • Archivisti Veneti S.A.S. di Lorenzo Maggi & C. (2014-2016)
  • Francesca Pivirotto Individual/Company (2018-2021)

EHM Home Page Background

Clip taken from a 16mm film (https://vimeo.com/234588123) with optical sound on a looper and 12 hand painted collage slides looping on a carousel slide projector projecting on a painted double screen, 15 minute loop, dimensions variable, 2016. The film is based on a performance: 34 individual hand painted 16mm looped film strips played on two projectors, 12 hand painted collage 35mm slides using one slide projector, projected onto a double painted screen (The projection screen is uniquely designed and built by Raha Raissnia using two hand painted screens that are overlaid. The outer screen is of sheer material from which light both penetrates and reflects from. The back screen has a specific texture that has been painted with black oil on canvas. This double screen creates an optical effect) , 20 minutes, 2016. Music by Panagiotis Mavridis performing on his homemade pipe and string instruments. “In Greek mythology Mneme is one of the three muses. She is memory personified. Her two sisters are Aoide, muse of song and music, and Melete, muse of study. When I finished making this work and showed it to Panagiotis, he said it made him think of the way our memory works. The work is made out of pre-existing materials that I cut, painted, and collaged together, making something entirely new. So, after reflecting a bit, I agreed with him that, yes, this is in fact analogous to the way our memory functions; Mneme puts together bits and pieces from the past and forms new meaning in the present.” – Raha Raissnia


[1] A. Nanetti, Ancient and Medieval Imola in Modern chronicles of the city. A case study for engineering historical memory, in Italian. Imola: Editrice La Mandragora, 2008 (ISBN 978-88-7586-176-6).

[2] The Morosini Codex. The World as seen from Venice (1094-1433), Critical edition, Introduction, Index and other apparatuses by A. Nanetti, 4 vols. in Italian, Foundation CISAM, Spoleto 2010 (ISBN 978-88-7988-194-4), pp. 2,335.

[3] A. Nanetti, Atlas of Venetian Messenia. Coron, Modon, Pylos and their islands (1207-1500 & 1685-1715), trilingual (English, Italian, Modern Greek), University of Bologna and State Archive of Venice. Imola: Editrice La Mandragora, 2011 (ISBN 978-88-7586-301-2).