Archive for March, 2005
“Having been brought up in a serf-owner’s family, I entered active life, like all young men of my time, with a great deal of confidence in the necessity of commanding, ordering, scolding, punishing and the like. But when, at an early stage, I had to manage serious enterprises and to deal with [free] men, and when each mistake would lead at once to heavy consequences, I began to appreciate the difference between acting on the principle of command and discipline and acting on the principle of common understanding. The former works admirably in a military parade, but it is worth noting where real life is concerned, and the aim can be achieved only through the severe effort of many converging wills.”
Bernardo Huberman wrote: “As more and more people rely on the Internet, more creativity is bound to be unleashed, which will in turn provide new challenges to institutions and governments, who will then react only to be challenged again. ”
IBM’s history flow project: visualizing dynamic, evolving documents and
the interactions of multiple collaborating authors.
Most documents are the product of continual evolution. An essay may undergo dozens of revisions; source code for a computer program may undergo thousands. And as online collaboration becomes increasingly common, we see more and more ever-evolving group-authored texts. This site is a preliminary report on a simple visual technique, history flow, that provides a clear view of complex records of contributions and collaboration.