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Crowdsourcing Data of Letters from the Republic of Letters

On Friday afternoon 22 November from 15.15 to 18.00hrs the second public meeting of CEMROL will take place (in Dutch)!

The afternoon starts with a short presentation of the current status of the CEMROL project. To help volunteers who may have less experience with CEMROL, we will then work with CEMROL collectively. For that purpose, we would like to ask you to bring your own laptop. If you don’t have one, we can arrange a loan laptop for you. After that we will make an early modern city walk through Utrecht. The afternoon ends with drinks.


  • Presentation: current status of the CEMROL project
  • Working with CEMROL collectively
  • Early modern city walk
  • Drinks
The meeting starts at the Janskerkhof 2-3, room 117, of Utrecht University. If you would like to attend, please register before 16 November via skillnet@uu.nl. Please also indicate if you need a loan laptop. Feel free to bring other people who may be interested (please register). Admission is free. We hope to see you on 22 November!


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CEMROL (Collecting Metadata of the Republic of Letters) is a crowdsourcing project in which anyone interested in history or letters can participate. The project focuses on letters from the 15th up to the 18th century with a learned character.

The aim is to map out who wrote letters to whom, from where and on what date. We call on the help of the public to type in the data of letters from scanned books in which these letters are printed. We challenge the public to indicate on their own computer screens where in these books letters begin and end, and where the names of the letter writers and recipients, the date and place of dispatch, and preferably also the place of addressing are. We also ask the public to type in the names and dates. You can choose the language of the letters you want to work with. For example, are you interested in French letters from the Enlightenment? Or perhaps you know Latin and want to get your teeth into disclosing data from Latin letters from the 17th century? Or have you taken a Spanish or Italian course and would you like to know more about 16th century letters in those languages? All help is welcome! If you would like to participate or to receive more information first, please contact us through skillnet@uu.nl.

This video gives you an impression of how CEMROL works: