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Welcome to the Knowledge Evolution Project!

The Knowledge Evolution project is an experiment in tracking and mapping the evolution of knowledge domains as well as the reputations and intellectual networks of the past. The project uses the history of the Library of Congress book acquisitions and classification, and the text of historical and contemporary editions of Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia. The project has been funded by NEH ODH Digital Humanities Grant (HD-51128-10), and supported in part by the James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars Program at Dartmouth College. Data for the project has been generously provided by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. and Google Inc. For the theoretical framework behind the project, please see this technical report.

[New!] KnowEvo team will present this paper at The 9th Workshop on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities, ACL-IJCNLP 2015, Beijing, China.

Prototype tools and visualizations

Several prototype visualization and search tools are under development for this project. The Library of Congress tools include: Galaxies of Knowledge, Landscape of Knowledge, and Pulse of Knowledge visualizations. Encyclopedia Britannica tools are available through Facebook of the Past, an educational online interface for browsing and visualization of the history of knowledge about people and their reputations. Prototype tool descriptions and links are available from the demo page.