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Time Machine

Brief description

The EU project Time Machine, develops a strategic roadmap for a large scale, long-term European research initiative on „Big Data of the Past“. Time Machine is one of six projects chosen by the European Commission to develop, within a year, a detailed proposal for a visionary project addressing the fundamental challenges facing Europe.  Up to three shortlisted projects are foreseen to start in 2021 under the new EU research framework, “Horizon Europe”.

The aim of the Time Machine project is to develop new, more efficient digitisation technologies and to take digitisation of European cultural heritage to a new level. New AI technologies will be developed to bring together and to connect masses of complex digital, historical culture data. The project will create totally new standards for the humanities and social sciences by enabling access to European history through the support of AI technology.

In this one-year project creating a full proposal, the Austrian National Library will work on analysing the effects of the project on the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector.

Project coordination

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Swiss

Project duration

1 March 2019 – 29 February 2020


European Commission

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