Project Review: Kindred Britain
Kindred Britain http://kindred.stanford.edu/# Created by Nicholas Jenkins, Elijah Meeks, and Scott Murray. Maintained by Stanford University Libraries. Reviewed Jan. 2, 2019 – Jan. 4, 2019
The goal of this project is to show the relationships and connections between individuals. The argument is that the project can be used to uncover connections between people that aren’t well known. It also argues that history looks like a family tree. The method used is a family tree style setup which show different kinds of connections between people. The presumed audience seems to be academic scholars, as it has a lot of information on it that assumes background knowledge. It is also accessible to the general population though. Its basic format shows the connections between people in a way that’s easy to understand. The project is very interactive. The reader interacts with the content by dragging individuals to one another to view the connections between them. The interactions complement the argument because it allows the audience to view individuals their interested in, and let’s them follow paths that interest them. The project allows for more individual research and allows the audience to research topics that interest them. A print form wouldn’t have allowed for as much individual research or would have made it more difficult to find information. The digital component allows for people to follow their own interests easily, getting directly to information instead of going through a large amount to find specific details.
What do you think “history is a family tree” means? How might that different from other ways of doing history?