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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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