In a way, aikido lends itself to that sort of enterprise because, as Ellis Amdur said it a few days ago in another context, it has one foot in the past (traditional martial arts of Japan) and one in the present (and future perhaps). Koryu teaching includes a system of layered release of information, determined by the advancement in the ryu and generally keeping a low profile on the outside. On the other hand, in aikido everything is before us : the films of O Sensei and his students, the writings, the interviews, etc. What is necessary though is a method to assemble information and organise it in a way that can be useful to us aikido students.
I agree to some extent with what you state, but would also suggest quite strongly that there is an omote
to aikido that is not restricted to the classification of waza
. I realized this before I came to live in Japan and much of my time here has been spent in discovering this.