Logo Utrecht University

Digital Humanities Lab

Data Infrastructures

Clio-Infra Clio Infrastructure


Project Leader: Jan Luiten Zanden
Financier: NWO-Spinoza
Partners: DANS, Univ. Tübingen, Groningen Growth & Development centre, IISG
Project website

In 2010, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded a subsidy to the Clio Infra project, of which Jan Luiten van Zanden was the main applicant and for which the International Institute of Social History (IISH) fulfills the secretarial function. Under the title of Clio Infra, a set of interconnected databases has been set up containing worldwide data on social, economic, and institutional indicators for the past five centuries, with special attention to the past 200 years. These indicators allow research into long-term development of worldwide economic growth and inequality. The unique global datasets enable new opportunities for data analysis and the testing of hypotheses from new economic theories. Clio Infra offers the opportunity to greatly enhance our understanding of the origins, causes and character of the process of global inequality.