Full membership of the Time Machine network opens new doors to innovation in international cultural heritage services

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The National Library of Finland has become a founding member of the Time Machine network, established by European organisations in the fields of technology, science and cultural heritage. Time Machine aims to bring about a digital revolution in the storage of cultural heritage and the provision of access to it using new AI-based technologies. The network is developing solutions, for example, for the digitisation and long-term preservation of cultural heritage resources and finding new ways to experiment and explore resources of the past.

“Time Machine offers a unique opportunity to innovate cultural heritage services together with a broad international network. The status of founding member puts the National Library of Finland at the heart of development, shaping the view of the significance of European cultural heritage for modern society,” says Mikko Lappainen, development manager at the National Library.

Time Machine has achieved great success in application processes for the European Commission’s FET (Future Emerging Technologies) Flagships, and it is currently discussing the establishment of a Europe-wide TM project.

At present, there are more than 30 Time Machine organisations in Finland, including two previous founding members: the National Archives of Finland and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tampere University.

“Thanks to its new status as a founding member, the National Library of Finland will now be automatically involved in the Europe-wide Time Machine project, if and when it is implemented. Founding members also have better opportunities than regular members to be invited to participate in various smaller subprojects. We now also have access to the tools and technologies developed under the auspices of Time Machine as well as, for example, the project consultancy services created for joint European projects,” Lappalainen explains.

For further information on the Time Machine vision, please see the network website.

Further information:
Mikko Lappalainen, development manager