Kal Ahmed has been busy creating topic map of events in Pepys’ Diary. What is it? Kal takes the events of each day and transforms them into XML, a format that can be easily interpreted by computer programs. From this he’s generated web pages that, for example, show you when Sam sent and received letters, what plays have been mentioned, or what happened when he journeyed from Brampton to Hatfield.
It’s all quite complex and bewildering, but in a good way! There’s a lot of information to browse through and get lost in, and while it can be confusing its existence means it will be easier for others to write programs that do interesting things with this data. There is more explanation about the project, and I’m sure Kal would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions or want to offer assistance. Currently the data goes back to the end of June 1661.