Organisation: Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Israel)

Publication Date: 04/01/2016


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Timeline is one of the most popular ways of visualising history, but they are usually limited to a specific time period. “Histography" is an interactive timeline that spans across 14 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to 2015. The site draws historical events from Wikipedia and self-updates daily with new recorded events. The interface allows for users to engaging with historic events and view history from decades to millions of years. The viewer can choose to watch a variety of events or target a specific event in time.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

If we take all of time (from the big bang) and place it on a one year calendar, all humanity will be the last second of that calendar. This issue of proportions is what limits timelines to specific periods. Histography is a data visualisation that deals with huge quantities of historic events on a massive scale of 14 billion years and for the first time generate live updating timeline of our entire known history.

Technologies used for this project:

Front end: HTML/CSS, Javascript, WebGL. Back end (connection with wikipedia): PHP/Mysql


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