CREATE is short for Creative Amsterdam: An E-Humanities Perspective, a research programme established in 2014. We are based at the department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and part of the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity.

Our project integrates research on historical cultural industries and research in the field of digital humanities. We investigate how cultural industries have shaped Amsterdam’s unique position in a European and global context, from the seventeenth century until the present day. In doing so, we collect data on the various cultural sectors of Amsterdam, link and enrich datasets, and develop novel search, and analysis tools. In doing so, we collect data on the various cultural sectors of Amsterdam, link and enrich datasets, and develop novel search and analysis tools.



The projects are organised by theme. For an overview of ALL PROJECTS click here.


Theme 1: Computational analysis and visualization of historical data

Theme 2: The cultural industry of Amsterdam in the Golden Age

Theme 3: Europe’s cultural industries in the long 19th century

Theme 4: Amsterdam’s creative industries in the 20th and 21st centuries

Theme 5: Data retrieval and analysis in the cultural heritage domain

Theme 6: 4D Research: The spatial configurations of a creative city


What we do

We MAP and ANALYSE the history of Amsterdam’s creative and cultural industries. From its famous Golden Age into the present. In their regional, national and international context.

We DEVELOP a heuristic framework with which we can study the relationship between cities and their cultural or creative development. We  call this the Linked Cultural Events (LCE) approach (for the time being).

We BUILD new datasets and ENRICH existing ones.

We EXPLORE the possibilities and limitations of computational techniques and methods, such as textmining, network analysis, 3D visualizations and GIS mapping.

We REGISTER Dutch Digital Humanities projects in an online database called DODH.

We ORGANISE events in which we present ongoing research from both within and outside the CREATE project (monthly Salon); test new and existing digital methods and techniques (monthly Digital History Workshop); and share experiences and results (seminars and conferences).

We FOSTER new research projects and partnerships.

We PUBLISH our results, preferably online, in open access.