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CLARIAH finances Amsterdam Time Machine

December 19 the CLARIAH-board has awarded the Amsterdam Time Machine (ATM) project with a grant of € 251.000,- which will realize the geographical component of the project.

Thanks to this grant the geo-infrastructure HisGIS of the Fryske Akademy will become available to ATM and the general CLARIAH-infrastructure. Which means any humanities researcher will have complete access to all data and tools. Hans Mol at the Fryske Akademy has laid the foundation for this infrastructure unlocking the oldest ‘kadaster’ (1832) connecting it to the 1851 population register, electoral roll of 1853 and address book of 1855.

Part of the grant will be used for three use cases, one in linguistics, one in social & economic history and one in media studies, which will demonstrate the possibilities of the CLARIAH-infrastructure.

The project connects the Amsterdam cultural heritage institutions in AdamNet with the creative industry, the municipality of Amsterdam and social sciences and humanities researchers at both universities and at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The ATM will be a hub for linked historical data on Amsterdam. The web of information on people, places, relationships, events, and objects will unfold in time and space through geographical and 3D representations. In this Google Earth of the past, users can go back and forth between the city as a whole, neighborhoods, streets, houses, and even zoom in on the pictures that adorned the walls of for instance merchants and regents. The systematic linkage of datasets from heterogeneous sources allows users to ask new questions on, for instance, cultural events, everyday life, social relations, or the use of public space in the city of Amsterdam.

Between all the data on historical Amsterdam that is digitally available and the expertise of researchers, computer and information scientists, and heritage professionals, it must be possible to develop a time machine with which we can walk the streets of historical Amsterdam and meet her inhabitants.

The projectteam consists off: Marieke van Erp, KNAW Humanities Cluster; Gertjan Filarski, Huygens ING; Hans Mol, Fryske Akademy; Julia Noordegraaf, University of Amsterdam; Claartje Rasterhoff, University of Amsterdam; Nicoline van der Sijs, Meertens Instituut; Henk Wals, IISH/AdamNet; Ivo Zandhuis, AdamNet; Richard Zijdeman, IISH.