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Time/Data/Visualisation

Time/Data/Visualisation

Tree of Time: ChronoZoom

I have sacrificed parts of my Christmas break to develop something for Visualizing.org’s Visualizing Time challenge: A Hierarchical Time Tree visualisation which offers new insights into the dataset that powers the original ChronoZoom interface.

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In 2009, Walter Alvarez was looking for a way to communicate the enormous time frames that make up the history of the universe and conceived the idea of ChronoZoom, which was released as an early prototype in 2010. Since then, the visualisation evolved quite a bit and by now contains a rich collection of data. What I only found out recently, is that all of this data is also accessible separate from the visualisation through a dedicated API.

Recently, the makers of ChronoZoom launched a contest in collaboration with the platform Visualizing.org in order to, I’d guess, promote the use of this API and at the same time tackle some of the problems they encountered.
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The Creation

The great ambition of the 18th century designers of visual timelines was to depict the complete history of time, which was believed to have begun around 4004 BC. What a disappointment it must have been, when it started to become evident, that this period actually encompasses only a tiny fragment of the universe’s lifetime.

The film and motion design studio fink however has not let this “recent” discoveries stop him from attempting to give a complete account of the history of the universe. As of November, his animations will illuminate the facade of the ME hotel in London.

via the creators project