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Looking Back at Big Data

Hanover Junction, Pa., 1863

Passenger train at Hanover Junction, Pa., 1863. The collaborative project Railroads and the Making of Modern America leverages computation to visualize the growth of the railroad network by exploring data from cartoons, poetry, maps, timetables, and aband

Credit: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

As computational tools open up new ways of understanding history, historians and computer scientists are working together to explore the possibilities.

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