Nature, the international weekly journal of science, reported last month about the creation of time machines. Especially the Venice Time Machine; the ambitious project aims to digitize 1,000 years of Venetian history. Founder Frédéric Kaplan hopes that Venice is just a starting point. The Venice Time Machine has applied, with partners around Europe, to become one of the next billion-euro flagship programmes funded by the European Union. If it wins, it will create time machines in other cities with similarly important archives, and link them together. Earlier this year a consortium of Dutch academics launched the Amsterdam Time Machine, although it has yet to secure funding. Its coordinator — Julia Noordegraaf of the University of Amsterdam, who studies the history of the creative industries — says it is “a great opportunity to study the cultural traffic between Amsterdam and Venice during its golden age in the seventeenth century”.

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