GLAMi nomination:

nominated by: Ocean Conijn, Driebit, Nederland
institution: Driebit
category: Exhibition Media or Experience

The website is an overview of the 50 most important chapters of Dutch history, presented in an editorial format called a “canon”.

These 50 chapters are selected by a national committee and are mandatory for primary history education in the Netherlands. This is why the majority of primary teachers use this website to present history lessons and inspire their pupils. The website is used by 90.000 people a month, mostly students and teachers.

Driebit completely redesigned the website of and implemented some extensive new features.

Regional Canons

Since the introduction of the national Canon also regional Canons ( have been added to These canons have a more local focus and are managed by editors from regional heritage institutions. To distinguish these regional Canons from the National Canon we expanded the standard colour scheme by introducing 12 new colours. To maintain the consistency and visual clarity, no other colours then black and white are used in combination with the colour of the Canon you are exploring.

Mijn Canon

The renewed website invites the user to create their own Canon. This can be done in a very quick way and in a very elaborate way. The easy way is to create your own personal Canon in 15 seconds by giving a postcode, date of birth and interest. The website will then create a Canon based on this information.

The more extensive way is to truly create your own Canon by personalizing each chapter. One way to do this is to enrich your content with images from Collectie Nederland. This national digital collection contains over 5 million images from all important museums and institutions in the Netherlands. This personalized canon can be used for educational purposes, personal interest or institutional presentations.

Canon browser

The Canon Browser ( visualizes the circa 1500 chapters from all the canons on the site (national & regional). It enables the user to explore the relationship between those historic chapters. You can explore the chapters either geographically (on a map) or based on semantic relationships (in a web).

In 2017 the Dutch Openluchtmuseum opened a permanent exhibition about the chapters of the national Canon. At the end of this spectacular exhibition the visitors can use an adapted version of the Canon browser to explore the chapters of their interest.