How I Built an Information Time Machine
Lecture by Frederic Kaplan
TEDx Talk – given at TEDxCaFoscariU in June 2013
Imagine if you could surf Facebook … from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, Frederic Kaplan, Professor in Digital Humanities at EPFL, shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1000 years.
The Venice Time Machine, an international scientific programme launched by the EPFL and the University Ca’Foscari of Venice, aims at building a multidimensional model of Venice and its evolution covering a period of more than 1000 years. The project ambitions to reconstruct a large open access database that could be used for research and education. The Venice Time Machine will give the archives a new, virtual existence on the Web. It will reanimate Venice’s past life from them by re-creating social networks and family trees, and visualizing urban development and design. An open digital archive of Venetian treasures will provide an entirely new research environment.
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