Amsterdam Time Machine

The Amsterdam Time Machine (ATM) is a digital commons on the history of Amsterdam. It 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.

Born in 2017, the ATM brings together  efforts in the fields of academia, culture heritage and computer science to digitally unlock information on Amsterdam’s past. The ATM comprises many larger and smaller projects that can be found in the Projects tab (add your own!).

Ultimately, the web of information on people, places, relationships, events, and objects will unfold in time and space through geographical and 3D representations. While we’re working on that, we’d like to provide access to the three building blocks of the Time Machine: a Linked Data cloud called ALiDa; Maps and other geo information; and 3D reconstructions.

The Amsterdam Time Machine, like other Time Machines, is designed to allow for zooming in and zooming out, in place, in time, and for different social levels. Systematic linkage of datasets from heterogeneous sources allows users to ask questions about, for instance, cultural events, everyday life, social relations, or the use of public space in the city of Amsterdam.

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.