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A Framework for Modelling and Visualizing the US Constitutional Convention of 1787

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Nicholas Cole, Alfie Abdul-Rahman, Grace Mallon

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal on Digital Libraries
Early online date26 Nov 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Nov 2018

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This paper describes a new approach to the presentation of records relating to formal negotiations and the texts that they create. It describes the architecture of a model, platform, and web interface (https://www.quillproject.net) that can be used by domain experts to convert the records typical of formal negotiations into a model of decision-making (with minimal training). This model has implications for both research and teaching, by allowing for better qualitative and quantitative analysis of negotiations. The platform emphasizes the reconstruction as closely as possible of the context within which proposals and decisions are made. The usability and benefits of a generic platform are illustrated by a presentation of the records relating to the 1787 Constitutional Convention that wrote the Constitution of the USA.

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