Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations


The acronym HiTiME stands for Historical Timeline Mining and Extraction. HiTiME aims at the development of a text analysis system for the recognition and extraction of historical events and facts from a variety of primary and secondary historical sources, such as biographies, brochures, letters and old newspaper articles.
For this purpose, HiTiME exploits a combination of text and data mining technologies, so as to convert an heterogeneous collection of text sources documenting a period in history, e.g., the history of social and labour movement, into a "historical web of knowledge", i.e., an associative network of historically relevant entities and their relations, linked to a timeline. This network is browsable and searchable using both conventional keyword queries, as well as visual interfaces, such as timelines, maps and network viewers.

HiTiME is part of NWO's CATCH programme (continuous access to cultural heritage), an intiative to develop and use information technologies to disclose the knowledge inside the vast archives of the Dutch cultural heritage. The HiTiME project is a joint effort of the ILK Research Group of the Tilburg centre for Cognition and Communication at Tilburg University, and IISH. Since 2011, the HiTiME project also partners with NaCTeM, the National Centre for Text Mining, in Manchester, UK.
HiTiME is a 4-year project (July 2009 - September 2013).

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