Presumably man’s spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems. He has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his records more fully if he is to push his experiment to its logical conclusion and not merely become bogged down part way there by overtaxing his limited memory. His excursions may be more enjoyable if he can reacquire the privilege of forgetting the manifold things he does not need to have immediately at hand, with some assurance that he can find them again if they prove important. The applications of science have built man a well-supplied house, and are teaching him to live healthily therein. They have enabled him to throw masses of people against one another with cruel weapons. They may yet allow him truly to encompass the great record and to grow in the wisdom of race experience. He may perish in conflict before he learns to wield that record for his true good. Yet, in the application of science to the needs and desires of man, it would seem to be a singularly unfortunate stage at which to terminate the process, or to lose hope as to the outcome.
Estimulante o post de Eric Larson no Mashable sobre curiosos projetos que trabalham com big-data, ou seja, tratam informática e digitalmente quantidades imensas de informações (humanamente, inapreensíveis para uma pessoa só, diga-se de passagem) que podem acabar oferencendo resultados bem interessantes. Para o caso da História, em particular, vale pensar no que pode dar o cruzamento do Geographic Information System (GIS) com dados sobre o passado.
O artigo cita o projeto Interactive Gettysburg: Modern Maps Reframe History, mas nessa direção vale também conferir o Montréal l’avenir du passé (MAP).
A respeito do MAP, vale conferir o artigo de Robert Sweeny sobre as oportunidades que se abrem ao se cruzar as fronteiras disciplinares e trabalhar em um ambiente colaborativo, intermediado pela tecnologia, como no diálogo entre História e Geografia de MAP: Rethinking Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Lessons from the Montréal l’avenir du passé (MAP) Project.