Main applicant Charles van den Heuvel, Professor of Digital Methods in Historical Disciplines at the UvA and Head of the Research Group History of Science and Scholarship at Huygens ING Institute, in collaboration with researchers from Huygens ING, University of Amsterdam, Free University Amsterdam, Utrecht University, Amsterdam City Archives, KB - National Library of the Netherlands, Rijksmuseum, RKD, Meertens Institute, and Lab 1100, has received a subsidy for the research infrastructure project entitled ‘Golden Agents: Creative Industries and the Making of the Dutch Golden Age’ within the NWO Investment Grant Large (‘NWO-groot’) funding programme.
The Dutch Golden Age’s paintings, books, ceramics etc. still fascinate millions of people, but how did these creative outbursts emerge? In the Golden Agents Research Infrastructure, so-called computer agents ingeniously connect existing and new databases to facilitate interdisciplinary research that unravels the inner dynamics of this creative miracle.
The aim of the programme Investment Grant NWO Large is to stimulate investments in innovative scientific equipment or data collections of national or international importance. NWO received a total of 54 applications for this round. With a total budget of 17.9 million euros, NWO was able to award funding to seven projects.