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December 17, 2013

Three Gifts

With a vague excuse involving wise men and gifts, here are some of my recent finds that might be of interest to humanities scholars:

Visualising Historical Networks looks like a taste of how historians might present their analysis in the future . Well worth watching these projects as they develop. (Thanks to Pat Lockley for pointing this out to me). Here's a tiny snippet of a network graph of economists in Cambridge with connections to Keynes: the gephi map is embedded in the page so you can zoom in and out and explore the links between people.


Cambridge Economists: Graphing Ideas

Putting Time in Perspective is an amazing piece of work. It visualises time from the last 24 hours to the whole of human history to geological time, and further. The annotations are thought-provoking too. Here's a taster:


and finally, the big news of the week: Pictures (loads of 'em)

This is HUGE .. over a million images released by the British Library on flickr with a public domain mark which means you can pretty much do anything with them. Put them in blog posts, use them in slides, make art out of them: and there are over a million images taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books. A treasue trove! There's a project wiki and one other way to explore them is to browse the Mechanical Curator tumblr. Which I like to imagine looks a bit like some kind of steampunk machine that makes creaky sounds and occasionally whistles as it churns out these amazing images all available for us to reuse ...


Image from "Notes on the Treatment of Gold Ores. Author: O’DRISCOLL, Florence. Page: 214. Year: 1889


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