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Historica presents an interactive world map showcasing political borders' evolution throughout distinct historical periods. The map features a dynamic time display, enabling users to delve into the fluidity of borders and the corresponding shifts in state names.

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What is Historica?

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Historica is a project that creates a digital model of human history, which is continuously expanded and refined with the aid of artificial intelligence.

Historica integrates various types of data into a unified ontology, thus revealing humanity's past in its vast temporal and geographical scales, unfathomable complexity, and infinite diversity.

In its outward manifestation to the user, Historica is a dynamic, interactive map that visualizes the global development of civilization from pre-state epochs to the present moment.

Historica is a non-commercial project, evolving in three directions: academic, cultural, and recreational. In an academic context, Historica is a powerful tool for research and education, designed for the broadest use - from school curricula to scientific projects. In a cultural context, Historica is a platform for promoting cultural objects and events by local communities, revealing them to the world in precise detail, from previously inaccessible perspectives, in new contexts. In a recreational context, Historica is a space for games and simulations dedicated to historical events, using an unprecedented wealth of factual material.

Historica's Mission

Historica's mission is to create and continuously replenish an objective, interdisciplinary, decentralized, and AI-based information model of human history, serving science, education, culture, and entertainment.

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Principles of Historica

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Historica follows the principles of interdisciplinarity, decentralization, and reliance on artificial intelligence.

Interdisciplinarity: Historica combines knowledge from history, archaeology, geography, anthropology, computer science, linguistics, cultural studies, philosophy, political science, sociology, and also from emerging fields today. This ensures a comprehensive, scientifically grounded view of historical development.

Decentralization: Historica is open for wide collaboration in various forms from scholars, researchers, AI specialists, and interested enthusiasts. The project aims to create a global non-hierarchical community, each participant of which would contribute freely to the digital footprint of human history.

Reliance on AI: In Historica, artificial intelligence plays a crucial role, processing colossal volumes of data, integrating various fields of scientific knowledge, continuously enriching the digital footprint of history with new facts. This is how disagreements in interpretations, contradictions between fields of scientific knowledge are overcome, and a state-of-the-art picture of the history of civilization is formed.

Who is Historica for?

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Historica creates value for a wide range of people. In its academic direction, Historica is aimed at scientists, researchers, teachers and students, authors of educational materials, educators, developers of educational software, organizers of educational events, politicians, legislators, and administrators in science and education.

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In its cultural direction, Historica is addressed to museum, archive and library workers, cultural studies scholars, art historians and specialists in the preservation and restoration of historical heritage, tourism industry workers, authors and researchers in the field of cultural and historical publications, organizers of cultural festivals and events, local communities, public organizations, PR and marketing specialists in the field of culture, as well as politicians, legislators, and administrators in the field of culture.

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In its recreational direction, Historica is intended for gamers, game developers, participants in historical reconstructions, scriptwriters and producers of historical films and series, authors of historical literature, members of historical clubs and societies, educational and popular science platforms, lovers of popular history, organizers of historical events and festivals, influencers and bloggers in the field of history and culture.

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Team

Dr. Alexander Tsikhilov
Dr. Alexander Tsikhilov
Founder and CEO

Serial entrepreneur seasoned in financial services with an emphasis on FX, electronic trading, and blockchain technologies. Holds a DBA from SBS Swiss Business School, leveraging knowledge to inspire entrepreneurship and foster innovation.

Fedor Ragin
Fedor Ragin
Member of the Board, Strategist

Business strategist with 25 years of experience, serving as an independent director in commercial and non-profit organizations. Specializes in blending system engineering and strategic management approaches, as well as applying heuristics in futures research and scenario planning.

Anastasia Serbinova
Anastasia Serbinova
Chief Product Officer

20 years of experience in creating and managing products for growing businesses. Expertise in designing value propositions, including information products. Proficiency in market research and customer development.

Mikhail Tsikhilov
Mikhail Tsikhilov
SEO Specialist

SEO Specialist and Content Coordinator with a Master's Degree in Digital Marketing, graduating with honours. Proven ability to drive organic traffic, improve content, and build brands' online reputation through website optimisation and digital PR.

Pavel Rysych
Pavel Rysych
Designer

6+ years of experience helping to build startups from 0 to 1, from pre-seed round to Series B. Worked with companies in fields such as Non-profits, KYC, E-commerce, healthcare, and mental health. User-centric design oriented, data-driven approach evangelist.

Tatiana But
Tatiana But
PR and Social Media Manager

Experienced Social Media Manager and PR specialist with 5+ years, skilled in building brands and communities through engaging content for social media channels and blogs.

Our experts

Angus Russell
Angus Russell
University of Cambridge PhD student & Historica Expert

Angus Russell is a Research Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge, where he works as part of the Silk Roads Programme. His PhD thesis explored the evolution of fiscal models in the regions of Eurasia conquered by the Mongol khans; more broadly, he is interested global and transnational trajectories of historical change, and through his work with Historica is looking forward to exploring how these currents interact with AI and machine learning.

Blog authors

Anastasia Serbinova
Anastasia Serbinova
Author

The author writes about what value can be created at the intersection of historical science and AI for different types of stakeholders.

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Angus Russell
Author

Research Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge, where he works as part of the Silk Roads Programme.

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Ivan Sysoev
Ivan Sysoev
Author

Exploring the landscape of machine learning concepts one gradient descent step at a time by demystifying the mathematics.

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Mark Humphries
Mark Humphries
Author

Mark Humphries is a Professor of History at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has published widely on various aspects of Canadian history and war and society. He is currently focused on the fur trade in North America and in exploring ways to use AI to support historical research.

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Dr. Alexander Tsikhilov
Dr. Alexander Tsikhilov
Author

Amateur historian specialising in European Medieval times with three decades of experience, and an avid collector. A thinker and practitioner, aspiring to empower historical methodology with AI technologies.

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Fedor Ragin
Fedor Ragin
Author

Author reflecting on the application of philosophical principles of determinism and the inherent limitation of knowledge in studying past and future social systems, drawing insights from a 25-year tenure in corporate strategy theory and practice.

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FAQs

How can I contribute to or collaborate with the Historica project?
If you're interested in contributing to or collaborating with Historica, you can use the contact form on the Historica website to express your interest and detail how you would like to be involved. The Historica team will then be able to guide you through the process.
What role does Historica play in the promotion of culture?
Historica acts as a platform for promoting cultural objects and events by local communities. It presents these in great detail, from previously inaccessible perspectives, and in fresh contexts.
How does Historica support educational endeavors?
Historica serves as a powerful tool for research and education. It can be used in school curricula, scientific projects, educational software development, and the organization of educational events.
What benefits does Historica offer to local cultural entities and events?
Historica provides a global platform for local communities and cultural events to display their cultural artifacts and historical events. It offers detailed presentations from unique perspectives and in fresh contexts.
Can you give a brief overview of Historica?
Historica is an initiative that uses artificial intelligence to build a digital map of human history. It combines different data types to portray the progression of civilization from its inception to the present day.
What is the meaning of Historica's principles?
The principles of Historica represent its methodological, organizational, and technological foundations: Methodological principle of interdisciplinarity: This principle involves integrating knowledge from various fields to provide a comprehensive and scientifically grounded view of history. Organizational principle of decentralization: This principle encourages open collaboration from a global community, allowing everyone to contribute to the digital depiction of human history. Technological principle of reliance on AI: This principle focuses on extensively using AI to handle large data sets, reconcile different scientific domains, and continuously enrich the historical model.
Who are the intended users of Historica?
Historica is beneficial to a diverse range of users. In academia, it's valuable for educators, students, and policymakers. Culturally, it aids workers in museums, heritage conservation, tourism, and cultural event organization. For recreational purposes, it serves gamers, history enthusiasts, authors, and participants in historical reenactments.
How does Historica use artificial intelligence?
Historica uses AI to process and manage vast amounts of data from various scientific fields. This technology allows for the constant addition of new facts to the historical model and aids in resolving disagreements and contradictions in interpretation across different scientific fields.
Can anyone participate in the Historica project?
Yes, Historica encourages wide-ranging collaboration. Scholars, researchers, AI specialists, bloggers and all history enthusiasts are all welcome to contribute to the project.