In collaboration with the University of Bern and LARHRA, we develop Geovistory, an open source data publication platform and virtual research environment for the Digital Humanities. 

Digital Humanities @ University of Bern

Linked Open Research Data: The Digital Humanities team at the University of Bern drives the development of Geovistory as main implementer of the LOD4HSS project funded by swissuniversities, which aims at fostering open research data practices within the Geovistory environment.

Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes, France

FAIR Data Publication: In close collaboration with the Digital History research team of LARHRA (joint research unit of the CNRS and the Universities of Lyon & Grenoble), Kleiolab develops the Geovistory eco-system promoting FAIR research data production and publication.

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Reference Projects


B.Licinio, Familienbild

Licinio, Bernardino
um 1489 - vor 1565,
Kopie nach verlorenem Original(?).
'Familienbild', undat.
Oel auf Leinwand, 100 x 124 cm.
Inv.Nr. 802
Venedig, Galleria dell'Accademia.


B.Licinio / Family Portr./ Paint./ C16

Licinio, Bernardino
c.1489 - before 1565.
Copy of lost original(?).
'Family portrait', undat.
Oil on canvas, 100 x 124cm. 802
Venice, Galleria dell'Accademia.


B. Licinio / Portrait de famille

Licinio, Bernardino , v. 1489 - av.
Copie d'ap. original perdu.
- 'Portrait de famille'. -
Huile sur toile.
H. 1,00 , L. 1,24.
Inv.Nr. 802
Venise, Galleria dell'Accademia.

Prof. Chauvard, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

Migration & marriage in Venice of the 16th/17th century: Transcribing investigations (Processetti) conducted by the episcopal authority of Venice on brides & grooms of foreign origine, the projects makes use of Geovistory in order to annotate, systematically extract, manage and visualize information.


Prof. Huebner, University of Basel, Switzerland

Urban Biographies: Using Geovistory to combine data from different databases, curate and present data on archeological sites and their inhabitants, the project team analyses the parameters for urban development in Roman/late antique Egypt of two important sites, Antinoopolis and Heracleopolis.


Prof. Opitz, University of Basel, Switzerland

Aging from a Female Perspective: The Diaries of Anna Maria Preiswerk-Iselin (1758-1840) as a source for insights on the perception and coping with old age, illness, pain, and death. Geovistory is used to annotate the diary transcriptions and publish them as a digital edition.


Dr. Petram, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands

Maritime History (pilot): Geovistory was used to integrate and structure various data collections related to the history of the Dutch East India Company. It allowed to quickly and easily create insightful visualizations. The semantic data produced with Geovistory is ready to be published.

The ideal support for historical research!

Team work made easy

Geovistory is a collaborative research environment, allowing you to pursue your research project with your colleagues or individually.

Take advantage of pre-configured profiles

Geovistory allows you to start right-away with your research thanks to the pre-configured profiles containing the most relevant entity classes. Profiles can be extended according to the needs of your research question.

Build on existing knowledge

Thanks to its data repository overarching all projects, Geovistory allows you to draw on data and information curated by previous research while you keep complete control over your own project.

An intuitive working environment covering all steps of your research process!

Geovistory reproduces the complete research process in digital form.

1. Register & import sources

Compile your library with historical sources and transcriptions. Import pre-existing data collections.

2. Annotate sources & manage data

Annotate and link your sources with structured data. Manage structured data around your research topic and build your own information system.

3. Analyse, export & write

Analyse your data, generate (geographic) visualisations, export data as needed and write your stories.

4. Publish & present findings

Publish your stories and present your findings and your project specific information system to the public.

FAIR principles put into practice!

Our Data Model is based on longstanding experience – it is the key to Geovistory implementing the FAIR principles.

Our data model corresponds to the growing demand in research and new funding requirments to produce open, interoperable and reusable research data.  

FAIR data

Data produced in Geovistory are semantically clear, interoperable and comply with FAIR principles thanks to the underlying ontology CIDOC-CRM and the connection to the ontology management platform OntoMe.

Open data

Geovistory is an open source environment that contributes to creating an open pool of well curated research data about historical realities. Structured data generated in Geovistory are published under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 licence and can be reused under the same licence.

Event-centered data

Thanks to our event-centrered data model building on CIDOC-CRM, events and phenomena can be easily captured and entities changing over time are adequatly represented.

Our services

We combine knowledge and methodology from historical research and software engineering


To make your research data easily reusable in accordance with the FAIR principles, we design together with you the data model on which your research questions are based.

Data modelling & curation

We model the information in your existing data sets according to the CIDOC-CRM ontology and merge them so that a uniform and information-rich data set is created, which - if desired - can be managed and analysed in Geovistory.

Software engineering on demand

We extend Geovistory with features such as analysis tools or export formats to meet the research requirements of your project.

Training courses

We conduct training courses for you and your research team on all aspects of working with ontology-based virtual research platforms such as Geovistory.


Here we publish news out of KleioLab's kitchen.

DH2024 Workshop

Geovistory Workshop at DH2024 We are pleased to share that Geovistory will host a workshop at the DH2024 conference in Washington! Join the University of Bern in a workshop to understand how Geovistory can help you Weiterlesen…

Geovistory is Open-Source!

Geovistory is Open Source! We have news to share. All structured data produced in Geovistory have always been licenced under Creative Commons BY-SA. Since september, all the code of Geovistory and OntoME is completely open source!   Check out the Github-Repo and Weiterlesen…

swissuniversities project LOD4HSS launched!

The swissuniversities project LOD4HSS is launched. We are proud to have officially launched the LOD4HSS project together with the University of Bern, LARHRA and an amazing consortium of partner institutions! The project “Linked Open Data Weiterlesen…

Visit the Geovistory Portal!

Visit the Geovistory Portal! In the past months, we had the pleasure to develop the new Geovistory portal in close collaboration with the ARHN-Team of LARHRA! We are proud to present a first version that Weiterlesen…


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