Amsterdam Conference Presentation, 12 Nov. 2022

Amsterdam as a City of Refuge for Contributors to the Growing Book Industry during “the Golden Age”:

Evidence from the eCartico Website

This paper presents some preliminary work based on an analysis of data collected in a multi-year, online research project (eCartico). eCartico is one of several digital projects in early modern history based at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. I am not associated actively with any of these projects, but I do know one of eCartico’s main contributors.

My purpose in this paper is to highlight this valuable resource for participants at the conference on “Amsterdam as a Haven for Religious Refugees in the Early Modern Period” (10-12 Nov. 2022, held at the Embassy of the Free Mind / Ritman Research Institute in Amsterdam). For more details about the conference, go to

Embassy of the Free Mind

Logo for the Embassy of the Free Mind, Amsterdam

Full project title = “eCartico: Linking cultural industries in the early modern Low Countries, ca. 1475 – ca. 1725” (


You can find Harm’s profile here ( He is both a trained social historian and a talented programmer.


eCartico provides Linked Open Data about almost 60,000 early modern cultural industry workers in the Low Countries!!! For more on the ways that scholars can use these data, see and The latter link is to a paper with Harm as the lead author:

  • Harm Nijboer, et. al., “Using Linked Data to Track and Trace Processes of Canonization in Early Modern Dutch Literature,” Digital Humanities Benelux Journal 3 (2021).
  • The article focuses on the early modern Panpoëticon. For more about it (an early modern project connecting art objects and literature), go to


My own work is about the role of religious dissenters (Mennonites and Collegiants in particular) in the early English and Dutch Enlightenments (see