Cultural Network and the Future of Cultural Analytics


Developing a large-scale research program based on the
concept of cultural networks encompassing multiple political
and geographic areas as well as historical periods, types of
cultural artifacts and representations, would initiate a
paradigm shift that could shed light on human history and the
relationships between cultural and geographic areas. Similarly,
we would be better equipped to understand the dissemination
of ideas and cultural phenomena and, in relevant cases (such
as in art fairs, universal exhibitions, or Olympic games), we
would be able to apply this knowledge to improve the
management of current events.
With this in mind, we need to integrate our knowledge of
objects and people, change the scale of our observation of
culture, and take advantage of the new possibilities for data
storage and analysis that Big Data techniques offer. The
frontiers of our understanding of human beings, history, and
cultural evolution are being drawn by cultural networks that we are all connected to.