The Amsterdam Time Machine (ATM) is a public research resource on the history of Amsterdam.
ATM is committed to the creation and reuse of historical data for the benefit of – and together with – researchers, societal partners and local communities.
With the Time Machine, users will ultimately be able to travel back in time and navigate the city on the levels of neighborhoods, streets, houses, rooms, ultimately zooming in on the pictures that adorned the walls. The systematic linkage of datasets from various sources allows users to retrieve historical information, support public interfaces, and ask new questions on, for instance, cultural events, everyday life, social relations, or the use of public space in the city of Amsterdam.
ATM is built upon linked data infrastructures from key academic and cultural heritage institutions in the Netherlands, including CLARIAH and Adamnet. It benefits and contributes to funded research and heritage projects that digitise, explore and remodel historical data. ATM is currently coordinated by the CREATE research program at the University of Amsterdam and powered by a consortium of people and institutions in academia, cultural heritage and industry.
We invite everyone to join, by connecting their own data and by using the data for research, storytelling, or other purposes. Its linked and open structure, and its collaboration with other Dutch Time Machines, in the European Time Machine, ensures that the Amsterdam data is connected across the Netherlands and abroad, just as the city itself always has been.