Franco Niccolucci (Univ. of Florence, Italy)

Contact details:

Dipartimento di Urbanistica, Università di Firenze,
Via Micheli 2
50121 Firenze, Italy

Tel: +39 (055) 223634

Fax: +39 (055) 229189



"I arrived to historical research following a long and winding road. I graduated in Mathematics in 1970 and was appointed immediately as assistant at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Pisa. In 1974 I became a professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Florence where I still teach. My first paper on Cultural Heritage dates to 1980, but my historical investigations started in 1994 and since then I have co-operated with the Department of History of the University of Florence, where sooner or later I shall eventually migrate. At present I teach also in the School of Specialisation in Archaeology and in a post-graduate course on "History and Computers" yearly organised by the Department of History of the University of Florence. "

Selected Publications:

A. Benvenuti - F. Niccolucci, "A Space-tyime reference system for Historical data in Medieval Tuscany", in M. Goerke (ed.) "Coordinates for Historical Maps" St Katharinen, 1994 pp. 103-108

A. Benvenuti - F. Niccolucci, "Historical objects with indeterminate boundaries", paper presented at the IX International Conference of the AHC, Moscow 1996

A. Benvenuti - F. Niccolucci, "Geografia storica della santità nell'Italia Medievale: un database in corso d'opera" in "Storia & Computer Alla ricerca del passato con l'informatica", ed. by S. Soldani and L. Tomassini, Bruno Mondadori ed. Milano 1996, pp. 182-201

F. Niccolucci et al., "Advances in XML treatment of historical documents", paper presented at the XI Conf. of the AHC, 1998, abstract published in "La Historia en una nueva frontera", ed. by F.J. Aranda Pérez, F. Fernández Izquierdo, P. Sanz Camañes, Cuenca, 2000, pp. 171-173

F. Niccolucci et al., "Historical text encoding: an experiment with XML on Repetti's Historical Dictionary", Paper presented at the AHC-UK meeting, London 1999

F. Niccolucci, "XML, History and the future of the WEB", Introductory lecture to the panel session on "XML and text encoding", DRH '99, London 1999

A. D'Andrea - F. Niccolucci, "A Web-based access to GIS. Integrating geographical databases through the WWW", paper presented at the II Int. Congress on "Science and technology for the safeguard of cultural heritage in the mediterranean basin" Paris, 1999, in press

M. Crescioli - F. Niccolucci, "PETRA: an integrated environment for archaeological data processing", in "New Techniques for Old Times" - CAA98, ed. by J. A. Barceló, I. Briz, A. Vila, BAR series, Oxford 1999, pp. 133-136

M. Crescioli - A. D'Andrea - F. Niccolucci, "A GIS-based analysis of the Etruscan cemetery of Pontecagnano using fuzzy logic" in "Beyond the maps", ed. by G. Lock, IOS Press, Amsterdam, in press.

M. Crescioli - A. D'Andrea - F. Niccolucci, "Archaeological applications of fuzzy spatial databases and GIS" paper presented at CAA2000, Lubiana, 2000

M. Crescioli - A. D'Andrea - F. Niccolucci, "Web access to an archaeological GIS" paper presented at CAA2000, Lubiana, 2000

Franco Niccolucci: Current Research

"I am working on computer applications to history and archaeology (for the medieval period the two subjects have tight connections), in particular concerning:

For this I have organised, and whenever possible chaired :-), a few national conferences and workshops:

Apart from these, computer applications in history usually receive little attention in the academy, so research groups are usually informal and with limited financial support. Anyway, I am leading a research group working on an XML version of Emanuele Repetti's "Geographical-Historical Dictionary of Tuscany", a thorough encyclopaedia of notable places in Tuscany published in the 19th Century, and I am responsible for the computer unit of some archaeological medieval investigations, in which a huge amount of historical documents play an important role. This includes directing the field computer unit of the Italian Archaeological Mission investigating the Crusader castle complex of Wu'ayra, near Petra, in Jordan (

Interchanging ideas with colleagues includes attending (sometimes organising) conferences and meetings at a national or international level, such as the Conferences of AHC and CAA (the "Computer Application and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology" association), and have been appointed as a member of the International Steering Committee of CAA, , as the representative of Italy.

Disseminating the use of computer tools and convincing the establishment that these are important also in historical/archaeological research and education is another of my activities. Also seminars, courses and lectures around Italy (and abroad, when somebody invites me) absorb a great deal of time, usually with a much more satisfactory dialogue than with academic authorities."

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