Amsterdam Time Machine

The Amsterdam Time Machine (ATM) is a public research resource on the history of Amsterdam. It is coordinated by the CREATE research program at the University of Amsterdam and powered by a consortium of researchers and institutions.

We started building ATM in 2017 as a hub for linked historical data on Amsterdam. To digitally unlock Amsterdam’s past, we bring together efforts in the fields of academia, cultural heritage, business, and computer science.

ATM benefits from, and contributes to funded research and heritage projects that digitise, explore, and remodel historical data. The systematic linkage of datasets from heterogeneous sources allows users to retrieve historical information, support public interfaces, and ask new questions on cultural events, everyday life, social relations, or the use of public space in the city of Amsterdam.

Ultimately, the web of information on people, places, relationships, events, and objects will unfold in time and space through geographical and 3D representations. Users will be able to travel back in time and navigate the city on the levels of neighborhoods, streets, houses, rooms, even zooming in on the pictures that adorned the walls.

ATM uses state-of-the-art computational methods and techniques, and will be carefully annotated with regards to issues of uncertainty and fuzziness, which are inherent to historical data.

Time Machine Europe

ATM is a proud member of Time Machine Organization, a large scale research initiative aimed at developing the Big Data of 5000 years of European history, by transforming kilometers of archives and large collections from museums into a distributed digital information system. Time Machine will develop a unique 4D IT technology enabling navigation through time as easily as we navigate through space. Hundreds of Universities, patrimonial institutions, and researchers are joining forces to bring the past back in one of the most ambitious projects ever on European culture and identity. Read more.