Venice Long Data: A New Platform for the Consultation and Analysis of (Long) Historical Data

Dendrogram on the materials preserved by the State Archives of Venice
The diagram shows the place of emigration (left) and the sestiere of settlement within Venice (right)
Number of galleys sailing along the four main Venetian trade routes during the years covered by the first part of the research
Bubble chart representing all deliberations of the Serenissima Senate on "citizenship"

key details

28 June 2022
Online on Zoom
4pm — 6pm (CET) 


  • Ca' Foscari University of Venice
  • UDELAR Montevideo | Universidad de la Republica Uruguay
  • Università di Parma
  • Ateneo Veneto
  • EPFL | École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne


Guido Caldarelli and Alessandro Codello present Venice Long Data (VLD), an interdisciplinary research project that aims to address historical analysis from an integrated point of view, in the Venetian context, based on the historical database of the State Archives of Venice (ASVe) and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, using techniques from Big Data analysis, Machine Learning, Complex Networks and generally related to quantitative modelling.
The approach aims to study history from a MACRO perspective, complementary to the MICRO perspective usually conducted, always starting from the original sources and using the most modern techniques available to deal with the transcription and analysis of historical sources.
The dual scope of the VLS project is to obtain a historical meta-database representing a fully searchable interconnected digital version of the ASVe and, above all, to create the basis for a quantitative study of the history of Venice, Europe and the Mediterranean.


Guido Caldarelli

Full Professor of Theoretical Physics at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice), and a LIMS Fellow. He graduated in Statistical Physics at Sapienza University (Rome) and holds a PhD from SISSA in Trieste. After Postdocs in Manchester and Cambridge, he became firstly “Research Assistant” at INFM and secondly “Primo Ricercatore” at ISC-CNR where he is still working. From 2012 to 2020 he has been Professor at IMT Lucca. In 2019 he was one of the founders of SIFS. Since 2018 he has been the President of the Complex Systems Society and since 2016 he has been on the board of the SNP Division of European Physical Society.

Alessandro Codello

He is Principal investigator of the Venice Long Data project & adjunct professor at UDELAR Montevideo (Uruguay). He is also visiting scholar at SUSTECH Shenzhen (China).
He holds a PhD from THEP Mainz (Germany). Before, his post-doctoral research activity was carried out mainly at CP3-Origins SDU Odense (Denmark) and at SISSA Trieste (Italy).