Visualizing.org 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: http://visualizing.org/contests/chronozoom
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!