A unique alliance for the future

Time Machine Organisation

A unique type of organisation

The Time Machine Organisation (TMO) is the leading international organisation for cooperation in technology, science and cultural heritage and the institutional governing framework that ensures the sustainability and economic independence of the Time Machine project.

It is an internationally oriented association under Austrian law and headquartered in Vienna. As such, the association is open to any type of legal entity that deals with science, technology and cultural heritage. Furthermore, it is possible for individuals to join the Time Machine network by becoming a Time Machine Supporter.

Membership is based on the organisation´s constitution and the respective membership fee regulation.


The Time Machine Organisation will:

Provide a platform for carrying out projects of different kinds in different funding programmes with different consortia (consulting in terms of funding instruments, finding appropriate partners, project management etc.)

Develop technologies in order to further advance the digital use and reuse of cultural heritage

Build an infrastructure that implements the goals and activities of the Time Machine (servers, databases, platforms, etc.) as well as strengthen the practical capabilities of the Time Machine Organisation and its members

Create an environment for continuous exchange of knowledge, best practice and expertise in order to boost current and future developments (online knowledge base, Time Machine events like the Time Machine conference 2019, workshops, national stakeholder meetings, special networking events etc.)

Provide open source tools and technologies

Offer support in different fields (use of technologies and infrastructure, project building, etc.)


The Strategic Plan for 2020 – 2021

… will focus on the following 6 Priority Areas:

I. Time Machine Agenda

First and foremost, the focus has to lie on driving the vision of the Time Machine (TM) forward, by setting up:

  • a Processing Infrastructure composed of a digital content processor and different simulation engines
  • a Digitisation Infrastructure composed of a network of digitisation hubs and organised on a European scale
  • Requests for Comments” (RFCs) to ensure the open development and evaluation of work on the technological infrastructure

II. Local Time Machine Services

All Time Machine related projects focussing on a specific place/ city/ region will be summarised as Local Time Machines (LTMs). Services for these LTMs will include:

  • Webspace and Project Environment on www.timemachine.eu
  •  Technical Infrastructure (Data Graph, 4D Maps, Code Library, Project Repository)

III. Project Scouting Services

Support Founding and Regular TMO members with launching potential projects which fall within the Time Machine’s scope, including identifying suitable calls, finding partners, building consortia and ultimately producing winning proposals.

IV. Services to Third Parties

Making use of the Time Machine consortium’s vast knowledge and expertise, TMO intends to develop and promote specific services for third parties in different aspects related to Cultural Heritage, increasing the awareness and resources for the Time Machine.

V. Dissemination

Goal: to “package” and make available the knowledge created in other Priority Areas through publications, lectures, courses and other forms of dissemination.

VI. Communication

Goal: to raise awareness and communicate the impact of TMO activities and use communication tools to serve strategic TMO objectives


Read more about the concrete actions planned for the rest of 2020 and the year 2021:

Together, we will build a Time Machine for Europe!