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FOAF for historical figures.

November 7, 2009

It seems to me having recently looked at the Elphin Census of 1749 and the ideas of Improvement, eg at Caldwell Castle and Estate, that it’s the actors in the events of history who are the most important, and one of the best sources of investigation to understand many topics. Why not create a FOAF repository for them with

  • Name
  • Place of Birth
  • Place of Death
  • Where lived, when
  • Friends
  • Interests
  • Publications
  • Title or role

It would then be possible to link and see

  • which improvers knew Jonathan Swift, were members of the RDS, and had lands in some part of the country. Or
  • what Baronets knew each other who were also diametrically opposed on the question of Patriotism (in the anglo-irish 18th sense).
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