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New Proposals for Organization of Knowledge and Their Role in the Development of Databases for History of Science (2018)


As is known, the digital era brought new possibilities for creation, organization and work with large databases. However, some problems make such large databases difficult to manage, as e.g., lack of definite standards, or perhaps even full impossibility to develop any standard at all due to the complexity of the data. This certainly is the case of databases in the humanities, especially in regard to fields in which the aspect of temporality is constitutive. In this paper we discuss models for organization of knowledge, with particular attention to the modern fate of the traditional ‘trees of knowledge’, the emergence of decentered network models and new possibilities that emerged together with the digital humanities. We conclude with some considerations on very recent initiatives to solve the problem posed by temporality in large textual corpora.

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Authors & Contributors
Weldon, Stephen P.
Grier, David Alan
Campbell-Kelly, Martin
Darwen, H.
Wade, B. W.
Chamberlin, D. D.
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
History of Psychology
Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
Canadian Historical Review
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
University of Chicago Press
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
University of Chicago
Brepols Publishers
Digital humanities
Relational databases; management
Information technology
Data collection; methods
Computer science
Codd, E. F.
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
18th century
17th century
California (U.S.)
International Business Machines Corporation

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