Our Work

ON THE 18TH OF FEBRUARY 2021, IN HIS SPEECH TO THE ITALIAN PARLIAMENT, PRIME MINISTER DRAGHI UNDERLINED THAT "IN ORDER TO BE COMPETITIVE ON A GLOBAL SCALE AND BRING ITALY'S EDUCATION SYSTEM TO THE EUROPEAN LEVEL, ITALY SHOULD INVEST MORE IN BLENDING SCIENTIFIC TOOLS WITH HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES". THIS IS PRECISELY THE TYPE OF MISSION CSSC IS ADVOCATING FOR.

The Computational Social Science Centre (CSSC) aims to promote the use of computational science methods, tools and techniques to broaden the general analytical capacity of the social sciences.
The Center is hosted by the Department of Political and Social Sciences (DSPS) with colleagues from other Departments of the University.

Mission - The Center has three fundamental tasks:

 

1. Research - in particular, the research group linked to the Center would like to extend the attention to interested colleagues in the application of computing power to research in the social sciences, applying, jointly, also to the computing capacity of CINECA, in experimental fields such as "Simulated companies" (agent-based) or more explicitly linked to machine-learning, for example in the development phase of an algorithm for understanding Chinese texts in the context of the public-private defence partnership. Already the individual laptops at our disposal already show wide limits of computing capacity).

 

2. In the second place, favour students formation. Several students of the "Big Data for the Social Sciences" and "Methods and techniques for data analysis" courses have shown great interest in continuing to deepen what they have learned and would therefore like to participate in specific projects with the application of the tools learned in class. This is also extended to colleagues to spread the use of R and Python and, in the long term, the development of algorithms for research in their fields through machine-learning.

 

3. CSSC also promotes the work outside the Department, in particular, by developing collaborations between teachers and students towards (a) public bodies and (b) the private sector in order to channel any external resources for research grants and/or integration in research projects, some of which are already underway or under development.

Significant Cyber Events dataset available by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Center for Computational Social Science (CssC).

The CSIS mantains a list of "Significant Cyber Incidents" on its Web site, reporting major cyber-attacks. The full list is available as PDF or Word files. Two members of the Center, Oltion Preka and Giampiero Giacomello, worked with Python's Pandas, Open Refine and some regular expressions to "transform" the list of events into a CSV file so that it may be easier for scholars interested in (basic) quantitative analysis of those events to work with such data incidents. In agreement with the CSIS, we make the CSV file available for download here.

If you use the dataset for your work, please cite the source.