Spotlight on: Timeline
Timeline is a new free, open-source online timeline tool that aims at innovating storytelling on the web.
Created by Zach Wise, a multimedia journalist and journalism professor, Timeline was developed in partnership with the Knight News Innovation Lab at Northwestern University, where Wise teaches.
Released at the end of March 2012, the interactive tool allows users to generate timelines on the web by curating content from Twitter,YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo, Google Maps and SoundCloud. It announced on 22 May via Twitter that the next release of the tool will support Instagram and Storify as data sources. More media sources are expected to be added in the future.
“Whilst a Timeline can be created by one user editing the JSON code, there is also an option to build a Timeline using a Google Doc spreadsheet,” notes the Event Amplifier blog in its review of the tool. “This means that one could choose to create collaboratively by sharing the spreadsheet, which could prove very useful indeed – particularly at large-scale events where there are multiple event amplifiers/journalists covering the proceedings.”
Examples of Timelines are featured on the Timeline website, such as:
Twitter: Timeline on Twitter
Published: May 25, 2012
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