Timelines

A word cloud on the topic "data visualization"

 

1. Timelines in University-Level Work

“Digital Timelines” (web page) explains that “Online, interactive timelines support visually rich displays of information—text, images, multimedia, hyperlinks, even geospatial data—using spatial arrangements, categories, and color schemes to convey meaning, which make them ideal platforms for achieving a variety of course goals and objectives” and provides information on the following topics:

  • Why Use a Timelines-Based Assignment?
  • Types and Examples of Timeline Assignments
  • Grading
  • Other Questions to Consider
  • Deciding on a Timelines Tool or Platform
  • Outside the Box: Innovative Use of Timelines
  • Additional Resources

2. Timeline Tools

  • Tiki-Toki -- “[W]eb-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet … Nothing to download … Stunning 3D timelines … Include images and videos … Share timelines with anyone … Colours and categories”
  • TimelineJS -- “[A]n open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet…. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS's core functionality.”
  • TimeGlider -- “Web-based timeline software for creating and sharing history, project planning and more … Create, collaborate, and publish zooming and panning interactive timelines. It’s like Google Maps, but for time.”
  • Timeline -- “Web Widget for Visualizing Temporal Data … make beautiful interactive timelines … Click each event for more details”

3. Timeline “Tips & Tricks”

  • “Keep it short. We recommend not having more than 20 slides for a reader to click through.”
  • “Pick stories that have a strong chronological narrative. It does not work well for stories that need to jump around in the timeline.”
  • “Write each event as a part of a larger narrative.”
  • “Include events that build up to major occurrences — not just the major events.”
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