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Time Machine

Time Machine was a project funded under Horizon 2020 Fet Flagships call programme. The project developed large-scale digitisation of cultural heritage and computing infrastructure, mapping millennia of European historical and geographical evolution.

Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2020

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

1 March 2019 to 12 March 2020
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The project transformed kilometres of archives, extensive collections from museums and libraries, and geohistorical datasets into a distributed digital information system. These Big Data of the Past are common resources for the future that will have a huge cultural, economic and societal impact.

The Time Machine project drove Social Sciences and Humanities toward more significant issues, allowing new interpretative models to be built on a superior scale. It brought a considerable amount of sources for the benefit of open science, and it will boost scientific and technological competitiveness and entrepreneurship. 

By the end of the project, the consortium partners came together to create the Time Machine Organisation and ensure the continuance of the work that was started with the Time Machine project. 

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Project Partners

  1. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne - Switzerland (coordinator)

  2. Europeana Foundation - The Netherlands

  3. Technische Universitaer Wien - Austria

  4. International Centre for Archival Research (ICARUS) - Austria

  5. Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen - The Netherlands

  6. Naver France- France

  7. Universiteit Utrecht - The Netherlands

  8. Friedrich Alexander Universitaet Erlangen Nuernberg - Germany

  9. Ecole nationale des chartes - France

  10. Alma Mater Studiorum, Universita Di Bologna -  Italy

  11. Institut National De L'information Geographique Et Forestiere - France 

  12. Universiteit Van Amsterdam - The Netherlands 

  13. Uniwersytet Warszawski - Poland

  14. Universite Du Luxembourg- Luxembourg

  15. Bar Ilan University -  Israel

  16. Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia - Italy

  17. Universiteit Antwerpen -  Belgium 

  18. Qidenus Group Gmbh  - Germany 

  19. Technische Universiteit Delft - The Netherlands 

  20. Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique Cnrs - France 

  21. Stichting Nederlands Instituut Voorbeeld & Geluid - The Netherlands

  22. Fiz Karlsruhe - Leibniz-institut Fur Informationsinfrastruktu - Germany 

  23. Universiteit Gent - Belgium 

  24. Technische Universitaet Dresden - Germany 

  25. Technische Universitat Dortmund - Germany 

  26. Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek - Austria

  27. Iconem - France

  28. Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk - Poland

  29. Picturae Bv - The Netherlands

  30. Centre De Visio Per Computador - Spain

  31. Indra Sistemas Sa - Spain 

  32. Ubisoft Entertainment Sa - France