Professor Frédéric Kaplan holds the DH Chair at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and directs the EPFL DH Laboratory. He conducts research projects combining archive digitisation, information modelling and museographic design. He has published over one hundred scientific papers and eight books. He is the chief editor of ‘Frontiers in DH’ and co-directs the DH book collection at EPFL Press. He is currently directing the “Venice TM”, an international project aiming to model the evolution and history of Venice over a 1000-year period. The Time Machine Project is a spatial and temporal extension of this ambition, the potential of which the Venice chapter already highlights.