Through a new project “Link-Lives”, almost all persons in Denmark who are filed in the archives between 1787-1968 will now have their archive entries linked together.
By this interconnection, the hope is to get a better insight into the life cycle of the individual person.
Cooperation between several institutions
The Link-Lives project is a collaboration between the University of Copenhagen, the National Archives of Denmark and the Copenhagen City Archives. With the help of funds from «Innovationsfonden» (the Innovation Fund), the three institutions can now embark on this exciting project.
The Innovation Fund (Innovationsfonden) has invested DKK 11 million (more than US$ 2 million) in the project. In many ways this will automate the manual work that genealogists do today.
The project is supposed to be over three years. Should the project be extended beyond these three years, the possibility exists that other Danish archives also can be connected to Link-Lives.
Can give research new opportunities through artificial intelligence
One of the goals of this project is that “machine learning”, also known as artificial intelligence, through the interconnection of archive data will make it possible to research the various aspects of human social and biological life that have unfolded over several generations. For example, both hereditary and environmentally affected diseases can be uncovered.
Link-Lives will provide opportunities for historians to better research in demography, immigration and different family patterns. The project will also reveal the extent as to how Danish people moved around in the country of Denmark all those years ago.
The public will have access to search
The contribution of the Copenhagen City Archives is, among other things, to establish a website. The public can then use this web site to immerse in the various life cycles that arise when the artificial intelligence reveals these.
Genealogy researchers will manually help to ensure the quality of the data that the computers put together.