Watch the introductory video here:
Click on the image to watch a general introduction by TAPITTA’s founder Guido Thys.
The missing catalogue
Collectors are a weird species in more than one respect, one of their more peculiar oddities being that they are equally interested in what is missing in their collection as in the objects that are.
In short, they want to browse through catalogues in order to gauge the completeness of their collection.
Book collector Guido Thys is one of them. When he couldn’t find a catalogue of Antwerp printers, he built one.
A unique collection
Information on the Antwerp printing industry is uniquely abundant… but scattered over thousands of publications and dozens of databases. As more and more data are becoming available online through digitisation, TAPITTA goes one step further: by offering a platform to bring all these bits and pieces together, it makes research a lot more efficient. And that is what digitalisation is all about.
Graph databases are designed to render relationships between data in the most efficient way. Neo4j and its SQL-like programming language Cypher were used as a platform. It is the technology underlying the work of the investigative journalists of the Panama Papers.