Three new research projects at the interface of Big Data and Digital Humanities in relation to the creative industry

21 December 2017

Three research projects have received over 1.5 million euros in funding to make connections between research for the creative industry with Digital Humanities research and large-scale digital infrastructures. Within the research programme, the focus is on interpreting and disclosing large, complex data files that offer possibilities for new insights and breakthroughs through the application of new methods and techniques. The projects have been awarded funding within the unique research programme 'Smart Culture – Big Data/Digital Humanities'.

Smart Culture – Big Data/Digital Humanities is a joint initiative of NWO Social Sciences and Humanities, NWO Domain Science, the top sector Creative Industry and Commit2Data. The research projects have a duration of four years.


Making knowledge accessible

Smart Culture – Big Data/Digital Humanities is one of the research programmes of the top sector Creative Industry. The research that takes place within this top sector can benefit the creative industry. Knowledge is also being made accessible for the sector and collaboration between researchers and entrepreneurs is being facilitated.

Further information


Smart Culture – Big Data / Digital Humanities granted projects

The following projects received funding in 2017 (alphabetical list of applicants):

Digital Art Technical sources for the Netherlands: Integration and improvement of sources on glass for a Sustainable future (Art DATIS)
Prof. Sven Dupré (Utrecht University), Dr Evangelos Kanoulas (University of Amsterdam), Dr Marieke Hendriksen (Utrecht University)
How did a 20th century glass artist use historical sources for technical and educational innovation? We will answer this question by digitising the archives of glass artist Sybren Valkema (1916-1996) and integrating these into the databases of RKD and ARTECHNE, and by doing this link them to art historical and technical data worldwide.
Consortium partners: VRIJ GLAS foundation, Netherlands Institute for Art History


Virtual Interiors as Interfaces for Big Historical Data Research: Spatially enhanced publications of the creative industries of the Dutch Golden Age
Prof. Charles van den Heuvel (Huygens ING/University of Amsterdam), Prof. Julia Noordegraaf, (University of Amsterdam), Prof. Gabri van Tussenbroek (University of Amsterdam)
Tourists in Amsterdam are amazed that they can look inside every house. 'Virtual Interiors' will now allow them to travel through time as well. How can digital maps and virtual rooms based on historical data be developed in such a way that they reliably portray the cultural life of the past?
Consortium partners: Huygens Instituut voor de Geschiedenis van Nederland, University of Amsterdam, Koninklijke Brill NV, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Het Nieuwe Instituut


Designing Rhythms for Social Resilience (DRSR)
Dr Caroline Nevejan (University of Amsterdam), Dr Scott Cunningham (Delft University of Technology)
Designing Rhythms for Social Resilience will investigate rhythm as a new methodology for forming policy in which data analysis, intervention and design are integratedto strengthen the social resilience in city districts. During the research, a digital platform will be used to collaborate with researchers, civil servants, residents, entrepreneurs, designers and the creative industry.
Consortium partners: Driebit Research platform, OIS Amsterdam, City of Amsterdam, Data Rhythm analyses, Stadsdeel Zuid Oost


Source: NWO