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(fwd) XML for historians

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  • Steve Hayes
    On 21 May 2001 17:50:59 GMT, in soc.history.moderated jorn@enteract.com (Jorn Barger) wrote: Over on comp.ai.nat-lang (a newsgroup about trying to use
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1 10:45 AM
      On 21 May 2001 17:50:59 GMT, in soc.history.moderated jorn@... (Jorn
      Barger) wrote:

      Over on comp.ai.nat-lang (a newsgroup about trying to use Artificial
      Intelligence to understand 'natural' languages, like English) I've been
      trying to stir up interest in an "outline of history" project, using
      something like XML...

      The general idea would be to treat all history-webpages as timelines--
      series of EVENT items, with each event having a DATE attribute, and
      normally a PLACE and various PERSONs...

      So something like XML (extensible markup language) could be used to
      'tag' timeline entries (or even _sentences_ within long prose
      descriptions of historical events).

      1492: 12Oct: Columbus 'discovers' America

      This will allow search-engine queries on dates (or range of dates) or
      persons or places, etc, with the search-engine easily returning all
      pages that fit the query...

      But the hardest thing will be those RELATIONSHIPs-- that attribute has
      to capture as much historical context as possible, but still use a fixed
      and unambiguous vocabulary.

      So a big priority is to sketch an _outline of history_ using limited
      vocabulary: starting with migrations, and why groups migrate, and what
      happens when they arrive-- relationships between neighboring groups,
      like conquest or assimilation or whatever...

      I have a very rough start at:


      ...but the research required to take it the next step is overwhelming

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      Steve Hayes
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