please take a moment to visit the new beta version of the Six Degrees for Francis Bacon project which now features nice ways to explore a graph of Early Modern Britain.
The website may take some time to load given the current traffic but in the meantime you can learn about the project in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41_DQQii628
Here an excerpt from their blog:
"We are pleased to announce the beta release ofSix Degrees of Francis Bacon, a navigable social network of early modern Britain.
The network includes thirteen thousand early modern persons living between 1500 and 1700 whose social ties we’ve inferred statistically by data mining entries from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
But the inferred network is just a start.
Six Degrees is built to be an evolving record of scholarly knowledge about how people were connected to each other in early modern Britain. To that end, scholars and students can easily contribute their local expertise to the global network. We know that many of you already have detailed knowledge of particular individuals’ friends, teachers, lovers, and enemies, though until now, there have been few venues to communicate such knowledge. With your help, we aim to build an expert-driven social map of early modern Britain, gathering and incorporating early modern relations for the benefit of scholars, students, and the public at large."