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Maritime History

Historical information about the Dutch East India Company, ready to explore and re-use. A pilot project.

Consisting of approximately twenty-five million pages, the UNESCO Memory of the World-listed archives of the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) offer a unique view on interactions between European and non-European actors in Asia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Currently, however, doing research on this vast collection of handwritten documents is extremely challenging. Geovistory was used to integrate and structure various data collections related to the history of the Dutch East India Company. It allowed to quickly and easily create insightful visualizations. The semantic data produced with Geovistory is now available to search, explore and re-use.

Involved People

Dr. Lodewijk Petram

Project Leader Globalise

Sebastiaan Derks M.A.

Head of Digital Data Management

Dr. Habil. Francesco Beretta

Chargé de recherche, CNRS, LARHRA

Jonas Schneider M.A.

Co-director & CTO KleioLab

Institutional Partners

KleioLab logoLogo Huygens InstituteLogo LARHRA

Image: Hendrick Jacobsz. Dubbels, View of Batavia, 1640-1674, Public Domain,
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