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Monday, June 13, 2011

Stanford Spatial History Project

Fascinating work at Stanford.   Another example of how visualization can me used to organize and gain insight from very complex data.  Always wanted to do this kind pattern discovery in the enterprise.  Today we have the tools to do it ... We  did experiment in the enterprise with using geographical representations of supply chain models and how it influenced choices of production and transport.   Another addressed the visualization of aspects of shopper behavior in the aisle.

" ... Stanford's Spatial History Project uses databases, ArcGIS, and other technological bells and whistles to visualize history that can't otherwise be easily told.      All historians encounter them, at some point in their careers: Vast troves of data that are undeniably useful to history--but too complex to make narratively interesting. For Stanford's Richard White, an American historian, these were railroad freight tables. The reams of paper held a story about America, he knew. It just seemed impossible to tell it ... "

Thanks to Stan Dyck for pointing me to this ...

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