The Amsterdam & EU Time Machines

The Amsterdam Time Machine (ATM) is 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. ATM uses state-of-the-art computational methods and techniques, and it will be carefully annotated with regards to issues of uncertainty and fuzziness that are inherent to historical data.

Time Machine FET Flagship

The Time Machine FET Flagship builds a Large Scale Simulator mapping 2000 years of European History, transforming kilometres of archives and large collections from museums into a digital information system. These Big Data of the Past are common resources for the future that will have a huge cultural, economical and societal impact. Researchers from all over the world are now joining forces to bring the past back in one of the most ambitious project ever on European culture and identity.