[sword-devel] Collaborative Timeline Project

Troy A. Griffitts scribe at crosswire.org
Tue Oct 3 12:10:40 MST 2006

Harley, Gabriel, and Ben,

Awesome!  Thanks for posting info about the work that has already been 
done!  Anyone interested in looking at their stuff and seeing how we 
could turn it into a growing community project?  Or, as Gabriel 
suggests, interface with Wikipedia?  I'd be a little concerned with the 
data obtained directly from Wikipedia.  The timeline data at mit was 
deceptively biased.  For example, They list "Other Gospels" grouped 
together and starting at 70AD.  They get this early date because they 
include the Didache in the group, which is not written as a 'Gospel'.

Just trying to throw out ideas for a project.  If someone is excited 
about this and wants to try throwing something together, I'd be all for it!


Ben Morgan wrote:
> An existing time line project (imaginatively titled Timeline) is at
> http://simile.mit.edu/timeline/
> Timeline is a DHTML-based AJAXy widget for visualizing time-based events.
> It is open source under the BSD license and uses XML or JSON.
> An example they have is the religious timeline at
> http://simile.mit.edu/timeline/examples/religions/religions.html 
> <http://simile.mit.edu/timeline/examples/religions/religions.html>
> This is a BIG example containing jewish and christian history.
> If you could hook it up to a wiki like interface, this would enable 
> collaboration
> -- 
> God Bless,
> Ben
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
> "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and 
> remove all doubt." - Abraham Lincoln
> On 10/3/06, *Gabriel M. Beddingfield* <gabriel at teuton.org 
> <mailto:gabriel at teuton.org>> wrote:
>     On Mon, October 2, 2006 8:17 pm, Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
>      >
>      > Categories might include: Literature Authorship Date, General
>     Historical
>      > Event, Reigning Government, Famous Person Lifetime, War, etc.
>      >
>      > These submissions would populate a database which could be viewed by
>      > panning and zooming on a timeline, and checking categories to hide or
>      > show.
>     A lot of that data is already cached in wikipedia.  I wonder if there
>     would be a way to mine those 'submissions' and index them the way you're
>     describing (by date and category).
>     Some possibly helpful links:
>     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Database_download
>     http://download.wikimedia.org/
>     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Database_download/archive1
>     Peace,
>     Gabriel
>     --
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