Datavis/Infographics­ Study Group has put out a new challenge on Visualizing Time:

"We've teamed up with Microsoft Research and challenge you to use data and design to visualize time. Use data from ChronoZoom to make it an even better educational tool. We're offering up to $17,000 in prizes, including a trip to Moscow, Russia. Deadline: Wednesday, January 8, 11:59 PM ET."

According the webpage for the challenge:
"ChronoZoom, an open source project initiated by Microsoft Research and UC Berkeley enables students to explore, create, and tell stories with timelines directly from within a web browser. ChronoZoom is both a dataset--accessible via an API--and an interface. The data includes entities like eras, events, historical figures and the relationships between them. Your challenge is to create a visualization using the API."

Here's a link to that page:

Let's use the November and December Study Group sessions to work on an entry for this challenge. The data is fascinating and I love the idea of making a tool to make history more accessible.

Your assignment: Take a look at the challenge and the data; bring at least one sketch of a way to represent the data. Think interactive!

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  • Leah K.

    Really fun! There are so many interesting problems in how we represent the flow of time and the gaps where nothing happened :-) Can't wait to continue our study of data visualizations of historical info at our next meeting.

    November 14, 2013

  • SeattleNate

    Really great discussion about how to represent time and events, dove into ontology, accuracy of historical data, radial graphs, accounting for different time scales and how the richness or lack of richness in a database strongly affects the type of visualizations you can create.

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • David P.

    Darn it, missed out! (On vacation), just flew back Weds. evening.

    November 14, 2013

  • Leah K.

    check out this great pdf of examples of time data visualizations from Michael Patrick:

    November 13, 2013

  • Abhinav M.

    Sorry for changing RSVP at the last minute. I have recently moved to Pittsburgh and thought this was a Pitt event.

    November 13, 2013

  • Leah K.

    Getty Images is in the International District in a set of 4 modern brick buildings between 4th Ave. S and 5th S., just south of Jackson Street. Getty Images is in 605 5th Ave S. but the front of the building is not on 5th Ave. A different building, 625 5th Ave. S, sits squarely on 5th. Getty is in the building directly behind.

    There’s street parking along 5th, on Weller and on 6th, usually free after 6:00 PM. Sorry, no more validated parking in our garage. GETTING INTO THE BUILDING
    I will be in the lobby of the building at 5:45 to let you in. At 6:00 I will take whoever's there up to our offices on the 4th floor. At 6:10, we'll fetch any latecomers. If you arrive after that time call me at[masked] and we will fetch you :-)

    Call or text me at[masked]; you can also email me at [masked]

    See you tonight!

    November 13, 2013

    • Danica

      Hey, so I want to come, but I will be coming up from Olympia, which means I'd be hard pressed to get there before 6:30 or 7... How long is this likely to run? Would it still be worth trying to make it?

      November 13, 2013

    • Leah K.

      There's always a bit of time before the session gets going so we'll actually dig into the project at about 6:20 or so and we'll probably keep going until 8:30 or so. I think it might be worth coming if you can make it :-)

      November 13, 2013

  • Leah K.

    Please bring a laptop, you'll want to play with the data and maybe try making some graphs/visualizations. Also, you might be trying some coding to try making calls to the Chromozoom API :-)

    November 12, 2013

  • Michael R. W.

    I'll see you at this _future_ event so that we can view the long _now_ full of _past_ events.

    BTW... let's run a simulation on how well the API works for the negative past -- the future. Let's visualize the future!


    November 6, 2013

  • Ron S.

    I should be there

    November 6, 2013

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