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zeean was set-up to collect and provide data on global supply chains. It is designed as a community effort of mutual benefit: Along the lines with Wikipedia a valid and comprehensive database of economic flows at high regional, sectoral and temporal detail is generated. The data is free for academic use by any registered user.


The epoch of simultaneity

The great obsession of the nineteenth century was, as we know, history: with its themes of development and of suspension, of crisis, and cycle, themes of the ever-accumulating past, with its preponderance of dead men … the present epoch will perhaps be above all the epoch of space. We are in the epoch of simultaneity: we are in the epoch of juxtaposition, the epoch of the near and far, of the side-by-side, of the dispersed. We are at a moment, I believe, when our experience of the world is less that of a long life developing through time than that of a network that connects points and intersects with its own skein.

Michel Foucault, 1986