The Valley of the Shadow is a digital history project hosted by the University of Virginia detailing the experiences of Confederate soldiers from Augusta County, Virginia and Union soldiers from Franklin County, Pennsylvania. It is considered one of the most impressive uses of new technology in representing history. […] The Valley of the Shadows project is a great start to beginning to understand the personal side of the nations shared history.
The website is clearly dated, but I found quite interesting the non-linear approach to the representation of history.
When we build historical databases we often end up imposing the relational DB ‘way’ of doing things to the historical discipline, even at the visualization level – so for example everything gets displayed using tabular formats or similar. Is there an alternative to this? Can we represent more faithfully the discourse of a discipline?