Combining Place, Time, and Topic (10 May 2004)
Place, along with time, topic, and creator, is one of the fundamental components in how we define things and search for them. In addition, place is pivotal for interdisciplinary inquiry and latitude and longitude constitute a lingua franca across all disciplines and all countries for specifying places. Archaeologists, anthropologists, botanists, civil engineers, economists, epidemiologists, geologists, historians, manufacturers, military strategists, sociologists, and others form their specialized communities and domain-specific terminology. Since they are all more or less interested in space and place, and in change over time, it is particularly effective to bring together everything associated with a particular place at a given time in order to understand the relationships between the communities and the broader context.
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