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Mapping the Republic of Letters

Social networking, as it existed among the 18th-Century intelligentsia:

“Mapping the Republic of Letters” is a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and international project in the digital humanities, centered at Stanford University. Since 2008, we have been creating visualizations to analyze “big data” relating to the world of early-modern scholars. We focus primarily on their correspondence, travel, and social networks. While we make use of quantitative metrics to examine the scope and dimensions of our data, we remain committed to the qualitative methodologies of the humanities. We actively encourage collaborations with other projects.

This sort of thing will be priceless in helping to trace the flow of ideas.

Posted in Academia, Culture, History.