ARCHiPub. On Cultural and Digital Matters is an interdisciplinary book series that gathers research on topics such as archival studies, digitisation projects, and cultural heritage conservation.  Each volume focuses on a research theme, to be explored by authors from different academic backgrounds.

Vol. 01 Venice Material

Venice Material is the starting point. Venice as a city, as an environment in which history has formed the present civilization and as a fertile humus of ever-new cultural sap. Venice as a bridge between worlds that were sometimes created, sometimes destroyed and still a bridge between ways of producing culture as a primary good. Venice is made out of matter, stone, painting, poetry, a rich and sensitive work, layered materially and immaterially like no other city in the world. Venice as a launching pad for new experimental horizons, as a landing place for new generations of scientists and creative people. But Venice is also considered as a subject of study, a focus of scientific and humanistic research, endowed with the persuasive force of authentic insights that seem to multiply rather than run out. Venice as an object to be investigated, disassembled and reconstructed, digitized and disseminated, curated.

Venice: the Issue of Sustainability

Chiara Casarin
n. 01/001

In the first contribution to this new publishing series, Chiara Casarin pays homage to the illustrious research precedents, conditions, needs and urgencies that led to the birth of ARCHiPub. On Cultural and Digital Matters as part of ARCHiVe at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.

On Science and Beauty

Guido Caldarelli
n. 01/002

Full Professor of Physics at Ca’ Foscari, and a LIMS Fellow, Guido Caldarelli illustrates how science and beauty are often thought of as being distinct and separate fields, with science concerned with understanding the underlying mathematical mechanisms of the natural world and beauty typically considered a subjective experience.

And If Venice is Sinking: A Case Study […]

Bryan Brazeau
n. 01/003

And If Venice is Sinking: A Case Study of Material Pedagogy Using Place- and Problem-Based Learning on ‘A Sustainable Serenissima‘ by Bryan Brazeau, Head of Liberal Arts at the University of Warwick. A Sustainable Serenissima was first taught as an experimental transdisciplinary pilot module in AY 2018-2019. The module’s learning objectives include critical analysis of local sustainable solutions, analysis of future implementation plans, and consideration of the scalability and adaptability of the problem of Venetian sustainability to other global challenges.

Venice Long Data

Alessandro Codello
n. 01/004

Alessandro Codello’s contribution introduces “Long Data” as a novel approach to unlocking the cultural heritage within historical archives. This concept contrasts with Big Data by focusing on the deep historical context found in meticulously preserved archives, revealing insights into cultural heritage. Utilizing new Artificial Intelligence technologies in harmony with traditional archival methods, Long Data aims to analyze, transcribe, and model historical data on an unprecedented scale. This approach promises a more comprehensive understanding of history, enhancing studies on societal and cultural evolution. A key example of Long Data’s application is the Venice State Archive (ASVe), which holds over a millennium’s worth of documents. The initiative seeks multidisciplinary collaboration to make accessible this vast archive, thereby safeguarding its cultural heritage and preparing the ground for a revolution in historical research.