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The Timbuctoo software is designed, developed and maintained by Huygens ING for academic research in the Arts and Humanities specifically, which often yields complex and heterogeneous data. It lives up to academic standards for working with such content: the software accommodates different views on a subject and leaves the interpretation of the data to the researcher. Also, Timbuctoo keeps meticulous track of data provenance and does not impose a certain research methodology on its users. Data can be searched and analyzed through the generic web interface, or queried using the API.

Data Huygens ING uses Timbuctoo to share its data with the world and to host high quality datasets of ongoing research projects in which the institute participates. Anansi, the central infrastructure of CLARIAH is powered by Timbuctoo as well. Furthermore, the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam and Oxford University (the Cultures of Knowledge project) have announced to implement Timbuctoo in their digital research infrastructures.

For more information on Timbuctoo and its features, see The source code is available at



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Gertjan Filarski