Using AI in the cultural sector

A new Amsterdam lab is launching to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology for the cultural sector. Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), a research centre specialising in mathematics and theoretical computer science, is launching the Cultural AI Lab with a team of partners – including the Rijksmuseum and the University of Amsterdam. It will focus on using AI for research and explore how the technology can be better integrated in cultural institutions.

As well as serving as a bridge connecting computer science, cultural heritage institutions and the humanities, the lab will also provide a setting for CWI to work closely with its partner network on developing new AI tools for use in the cultural heritage sector. Five research projects will launch over the next few months, including one that focuses on using AI to detect colonial terminology in museum collections and another that automates the analysis and enrichment of object descriptions.

AI in the Amsterdam Area

Amsterdam is a global AI hub

The AI sector in Amsterdam has grown rapidly over the last few years. Amsterdam’s knowledge institutions are also part of a coalition that has pledged to invest €1 billion in the development of responsible technology over the next decade through the AI for the People programme, which will create new research institutions and educational opportunities.

Recently, the City of Amsterdam launched a new AI algorithm registry that will let residents see how the technology is used to provide services. The University of Amsterdam also announced that it is expanding its AI bachelor’s degree programme to increase the number of trained professionals in the field.

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