Utilizing Visualization in the Mapping the Republic of Letters Project
"The Republic of Letters was an intellectual network initially based on the writing and exchange of letters that emerged with and thrived on new technologies such as the printing press and organized itself around cultural institutions (e. g. museums, libraries, academies) and research projects that collected, sorted, and dispersed knowledge... Its scope encompassed all of Europe, but reached well beyond this region as western Europeans had more regular contact with and presence in Russia, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In the sixteenth and seventeenth century merchants and missionaries helped to create global information networks and colonial outposts that transformed the geography of the Republic of Letters. By the eighteenth century we can speak of a trans-Atlantic republic of letters shaped by central figures such as Franklin and many others, north and south, who wrote and traveled across the Atlantic..."1
1 "Introduction," Mapping the Republic of Letters, 24 August 2010, http://republicofletters.stanford.edu/.
2 "Introduction," Mapping the Republic of Letters 24 August 2010 http://republicofletters.stanford.edu/
3 "Charts, Maps & Tools," Mapping the Republic of Letters, 24 August 2010, http://republicofletters.stanford.edu/.
4 Card S K, Mackinlay J D, Shneiderman B. Readings in Information Visualization; Using Vision to think. (Los Altos, California: Morgan Kaugman, 1999).
5 This observation is based on data from the database.
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