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. 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.

At the core of CREATE you find a group of (young) researchers supervised by principal investigators. These PI’s develop new and exciting research avenues and collaborate closely with Pre PhD fellows and students. Assistants help the CREATE staff, facilitate Pre PhD research, and develop their own projects. Data scientists and programmers assist where necessary.

Prof. dr. Julia Noordegraaf CREATE’s project leader is Professor of Heritage and Digital Culture and director of the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity (ACHI).

Dr. Giovanni Colavizza is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, specializing in AI for cultural heritage, arts & humanities data science, and quantitative science studies

Dr. Thunnis van Oort is a media historian who specializes in the history of movie going.

Ivan Kisjes MA is programmer

Leon van Wissen MA is programmer. He has studied Dutch and specialised in computational linguistics and literature. He is also working within the Golden Agents project (Huygens ING).


Mrinalini Luthra MSc is a fellow at the CREATE – Digital Methods project, focusing on education and training in the digital methods in the humanities.


Dr. Nanne van Noord is a postdoctoral researcher specialising in computer vision for audiovisual collections and cultural data.