Painting, printmaking, book production and other creative industries of the Dutch Golden Age are of continuous interest to Dutch and foreign scholars from various disciplines. Various research groups, institutions and individual researchers develop data repositories and analytical tools to study the Dutch Golden Age. Unfortunately, this often results in fragmentation and short-term solutions. The Golden Agents project that started on 1 January 2016 aims at developing in a period of five years a sustainable infrastructure to study relations and interactions between producers and consumers of creative goods across the long Golden Age of the Dutch Republic. The project will link distributed, heterogeneous resources (both existing and new) on creative industries in the Dutch Golden Age.

Consumption remains an under-investigated topic with regard to the creative industries in the Dutch Golden Age. The digitization of the enormously rich collection of the notarial acts in the Amsterdam City Archives, and more specifically the probate inventories contained within these records, will provide detailed and socially diverse data on the possessions of cultural goods by the inhabitants of what was probably the most important city of the 17th Century. The Golden Agents research infrastructure enables interaction between various heterogeneous databases by using a combination of semantic web solutions and multi-agent technology that will be supported by ontologies developed together with domain experts.


Co-applicants [in alphabetical order]

  1. Prof. Arianna Betti (UvA-ILLC)
    Philosophy of language, logic and ontology
  2. Dr. Frans Blom (UvA-ASCGA)
    CREATE member; Dutch Golden Age culture
  3. Dr. Mehdi Dastani (UU)
    Multi-agent technology, artificial intelligence, intelligent systems
  4. Dr. Paul Dijstelberge (UvA)
    CREATE member; history of print and book culture
  5. Gertjan Filarski (Huygens ING)
    CTO; project manager IT – CLARIAH Board member – Technology
  6. Prof. Oscar Gelderblom (UU-UCEMS)
    Financial history
  7. Prof. Lia van Gemert (UvA-ASCGA)
    Principal Investigator of CREATE; history of Dutch literature
  8. Prof. Frans Grijzenhout (UvA ASCGA)
    History of Art (art market)
  9. Prof. Frank van Harmelen (VU-Network Institute)
    Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. Semantic Web
  10. Prof. Marjolein ’t Hart (Huygens ING/VU)
    Political History in Global Context and socio-economic history
  11. Prof. Harald Hendrix (KNIR, UU)
    Italian studies, comparative literature, book history and correspondences
  12. Prof. Geert Janssen (UvA)
    Early Modern History – (Migration history)
  13. Prof. Eric Jorink (Huygens ING, Leiden University)
    History of science and scholarship
  14. Dr. Elmer Kolfin (UvA-ASCGA)
    History of Art (print culture; iconography)
  15. Prof. Inger Leemans (VU)
    Cultural history
  16. Prof. Wijnand Mijnhardt (UU – Descartes Centre)
    History of science, history of publishing
  17. Dr. Harm Nijboer (UvA)
    CREATE member; data base development, history of material and consumer culture
  18. Prof. Maarten Prak (UU- UCEMS)
    Social and economic history
  19. Prof. Els Stronks (UU- UCEMS)
    Early Modern Dutch literature
  20. Prof. Kees Zandvliet (Amsterdam Museum/UvA- ASCGA)
    History of elite culture; history of Amsterdam

Cultural Heritage partners

  1. Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Amsterdam City Archives)
    Dr. Ellen Fleurbaay (director)
  2. Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB)
    Dr. Marieke van Delft (Short-Title Catalogue, Netherlands-STCN)
  3. Rijksmuseum / Rijksprentenkabinet
    Lizzy Jongma (Datamanager, Registration & Documentation Department)
  4. Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD)
    Dr. Chris Stolwijk (director) and Drs. Reinier van ‘t Zelfde (Head Automation and Information Retrieval)
  5. Meertens Institute (KNAW)
    Prof. Nicoline van der Sijs (NEDERLAB with DBNL–Probate Inventories Database)
  6. Lab 1100
    Pim van Bree (MA) and Geert Kessels (MA) (Software development NODEGOAT platform)