Martina Bolom-Kotari is an archivist and historian. Currently head of Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies at the Philosophical Faculty, University of Hradec Králové. Her main topic is sigillography, but also ecclesiastical history, diplomatics, Early-Modern Age history.
“The world is changing, new technologies are booming. We jumped from the “Age of paper” into the Digital Age. Time Machine is a great opportunity. It is an opportunity to connect the old with the new, to not forget, to develop, to make accessible and to protect. My country is rich in cultural heritage and rich in smart and motivated people. Time Machine offers us a unique tool of how to use and share our knowledge and how to become a part of an international community. The cooperation within Time Machine includes historians and other professionals, IT and technology companies, state administration and local governments, and – last but not least – the wider public. If we share ideas, knowledge and tools, we can more easily invent anything new. Four years ago we started with our research in the Broumov Region (north-east Bohemia). Our plan is to create a Local Time Machine. We established the Time Machine Česko (Czechia) Association which covers all activities connected to Local Time Machines in the Czech Republic. Time Machine Česko became a founding member of TMO.”