HiTiME: Historical Timeline Mining and Extraction
HiTiME: Historical Timeline Mining and Extraction

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 IISG, the International Institute of Social History. Since 2011, the HiTiME project also partners with NaCTeM, the National Centre for Text Mining, in Manchester, UK.

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.


  • ILK, Induction of Linguistic Knowledge Research Group, TiCC, Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication, Tilburg School for Humanities, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • IISH, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • NaCTeM, National Centre for Text Mining, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK


Project Members
  Former student members
  • Martha van den Hoven
    MA Student
  • Iris Balemans
    BA Student
  • Zervanou, K., Korkontzelos, I, Van den Bosch, A., and Ananiadou, S. (2011). Enrichment and structuring of archival description metadata. In K. Zervanou and P. Lendvai (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fifth ACL-HLT Workshop on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities (LaTeCH-2011), Portland, OR, pp. 44-53. [pdf]
  • Van den Camp, M., and Van den Bosch, A. (2011). A link to the past: Constructing historical social networks. In A. Balahur, E. Boldrini, A. Montoyo, and P. Martinez-Barco (Eds.), Proceedings of the ACL-HLT Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis (WASSA-2011), Portland, OR, pp. 61-69. [pdf]
  • Zervanou, K. (2010). UvT: The UvT term extraction system in the keyphrase extraction task. In SemEval'10: Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation, Uppsala, Sweden, pp. 194-197.
  • Van den Hoven, M., Van den Bosch, A., and Zervanou, K. (2010). Beyond reported history: Strikes that never happened. In S. Darányi and P. Lendvai (Eds.), Proceedings of the First International AMICUS Workshop on Automated Motif Discovery in Cultural Heritage and Scientific Communication Texts, Vienna, Austria, pp. 20-28. [pdf]
  • Van Erp, M., and Hunt, S. (2010). Knowledge-driven information retrieval for natural history. In Proceedings of the 10th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop (DIR-2010), pp. 31-38. Nijmegen, The Netherlands. [online proceedings]

  • ILK publications (including other publications by HiTiME team members)
Past Events

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