2wards a Transnational Biographical Infrastructure

In the context of GhentCDH's pilot project TIC Collaborative, much data on persons, organisations and congresses involved in the field of social reform have been gathered. In a new CLARIAH Research Pilot project (2017-2018) 2TBI (2wards a Transnational Biographical Infrastructure), subsets of these TIC-data will be used to create a linked data environment with CLARIAH's Historical Person Entities Portal.

2TBI has three main goals:

  • Enriching and linking data on the life courses of transnationally mobile persons, starting out from a sample of Dutch social reformers in the period 1840-1914 and their participation in international congresses;
  • Integrating (meta-)data on international organisations in the period 1914-1940, exploring the involvement of Dutch (wo)men;
  • Feasibility study for the enlargement of the CLARIAH-person-entity portal towards the study of transnational cultural mobility in Europe and beyond.


The research pilot tests infrastructural improvements of Clariah components (in particular WP2), results in scientific output (one article on the infrastructural component and one on connections across borders), and advances the community of researchers into transnational biographies.