ACHI aims to integrate research on culture, identity, and history. The research program ‘Creative Amsterdam: An E-Humanities Perspective’ (CREATE) exemplifies this ambition with digital methods and techniques. It investigates how cultural industries have shaped Amsterdam’s unique position in a European and global context, from the seventeenth century until the present day.
CREATE researchers collect and enrich digital data on the various cultural sectors of Amsterdam, from book publishing to theatre and cinema, link existing datasets, and develop novel search and analysis tools. By doing so, they will develop a central infrastructure for combining, analyzing, and visualizing existing datasets in a network that exposes their relations and interdependencies. This will provide unprecedented means to investigate the role of cultural industries in the emergence, development, and success of creative cities in general, and Amsterdam in particular.