Giovanni Colavizza

Giovanni Colavizza

Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities

University of Amsterdam

I am currently an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam (NL).

My research focuses on using data to study cultural and social phenomena, including the human past, the arts market, science communication and Wikipedia.

I also work on applying machine learning to automate workflows in cultural organisations and the creative industries, and on supporting the open and free access to knowledge.

Recent news

Last update: May 2022.



Dr. Giovanni Colavizza

Assistant professor


Konstantin Todorov

Research software engineer


Liangping Ding

Doctoral student


Dr. Natallia Kokash

Research software engineer


Puyu Yang

Doctoral student



Crypto art

An open-ended investigation into the culture and economics of crypto art: Digital art exchanged on blockchains.

Data-driven historical research

Interdisciplinary collaborations with historians using data and computational methods, and a recurring focus on early modern Venice.

Impact of HTR/OCR quality

Assessing the impact of noisy contents extracted from historical documents, on text processing and analyses.

Information extraction from historical documents

Using machine learning to automate the extraction of information from historical documents, ranging from archival records to printed newspapers and books.

Mapping arts & humanities research

An open ended effort to improve the indexation of research publications in the Arts & Humanities, and understand how knowledge develops in these disciplines.

Wikipedia and the public understanding of science

Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia to date. What sources is it based on? How is it used by the public? How can it be improved?


Academic year 2021 2022

My teaching during the academic year 2021 2022.

Student project ideas (arts, humanities and social sciences)

A list of project ideas for students in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Student project ideas (science)

A list of project ideas for students in science, including computer science, data science, machine learning, etc.


With my company Odoma, we provide expert consulting to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) in cultural organisations and the creative industries. We work with a variety of small to large public and private clients since several years. At Odoma, we are specialised in designing and developing tailor-made AI solutions.

I also do independent consulting on matters related to automation in cultural organisations and creative industries, digital humanities, digitisation, scientific information extraction and retrieval. If interested, please get in touch at