Frédéric Kaplan's Time Machine FET Flagship CSA proposal, which the Descartes Center co-authored, has been admitted to the second round. The proposal must now be worked out in detail before September 18; about 1.5 million Euros have been made available for this.
In collaboration with, among others, the Descartes Center as founding partner of this European consortium, Frédéric Kaplan of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has submitted the Time Machine project for the Horizon 2020 Framework Program to be designated as a European Flagship. Flagships are visionary, large-scale research initiatives that address important scientific and technological challenges. An example is the Human Brain Project (HBP) that started in 2013. FET-Flagships are expected to run for about ten years, with a total budget of approximately 1 billion Euros.
The Time Machine proposal aims to build a Large Scale Simulation, mapping 2000 years of European History, transforming kilometers of museum archives into a digital information system. These Big Data of the Past are common resources for the future that will have a huge cultural, economic and societal impact. Researchers from all over the world are now joining forces to bring the past back in one of the most ambitious projects ever on European culture and identity.