We’ve just released some cool new features for the Histropedia Wikidata
Query Timeline <http://histropedia.com/showcase/wikidata-viewer.html> tool.
Here's a quick overview of what's new, along with some examples (more
examples available in the drop down menu on the query input page
*1. Vertical spacing controls + auto-fit mode*
A new control panel on the timeline for controlling the space between rows
This includes an 'auto' mode that keeps everything visible as you zoom and
scroll (set to ‘on’ by default for small timelines).
- Heritage structures in London <http://tinyurl.com/glbq4cd> - should
load in auto mode. Try zooming in to an area with your
mousewheel to see it
auto adjust. You can click on the arrows in the new panel (right
to adjust the spacing manually.
*2. 'Colour scale' colour coding*
This is created automatically if you choose to colour code by a variable
that returns a number (e.g. population, height, etc).
*Click the [image: Inline images 4] icon to see the colour code key*
- Discovery of the chemical elements <http://tinyurl.com/hmw8x7h> –
colour coded by atomic number (shows that heavy elements are discovered
much later than light ones)
- Things located within 20km of the Statue of Liberty
<http://tinyurl.com/gogcwq9> - colour coded by distance from the
Statue of Liberty (light colours are closest)
*3. Multiple filters*
You can now have multiple filter options on a timeline (previously only
allowed a single filter option)
*Click on the [image: Inline images 1] icon to see the available filters.*
- The Louvre Collections <http://tinyurl.com/gtgsdna> - filter by
creator, genre, movement, material used and room
- People born on this day <http://tinyurl.com/guod947> – filter by
gender, occupation, education, cause of death and ethnic group
*4. Automatic detection of timeline data from the SPARQL query*
Just paste a SPARQL query in to the input box on the query input page
<http://histropedia.com/showcase/wikidata-viewer.html> and click 'generate
timeline'. Any query that has the timeline view built available on the
Wikidata Query Service should work automatically.
You can then optionally use the 'map variables' section to add *date
precision*, *colour codes *and *filters*, or to override anything that
automatic detection got wrong.
*5. New help popups *
There are now lots of new instructions on the query input page
<http://histropedia.com/showcase/wikidata-viewer.html> (just click on the
little help icons *[image: Inline images 2]* ). This includes info on how
to add colour codes and filters to a timeline.
Let me know if you have any feedback or suggestions!
We're starting a consultation about gadgets
and how we can improve our workflows to avoid breaking user scripts when
we're modifying Wikidata's interface. We would be very happy if the
gadgets/user scripts developers could take time to answers these few
questions, even if of course anyone is welcomed to add suggestions or
Thank you very much!
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Can someone look into how or why all of those 'creators' were added with
the Primary Sources Tool incorrectly on the topic 'painting' ?
WARNING: The page actually will freeze for 1-2 min while the 'creator'
statement tries to load into the browser !