My friend Zachary Davis in Cambridge is working on KANON, a cool
visualization of history timelines, drawing on Wikimedia data, media, and
He's looking for people to help brainstorm how to realize the idea, and for
developers to work on the project - particularly on the Wikimedia data side
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Kanon is an interactive timeline that visualizes humanity's most
significant cultural works, initially proving the concept with books. The
zoomable timeline enables the user to delve deeper into any time period and
be shown the ten most important books. So zoomed completely out, one would
see the ten most significant books of all time (e.g Odyssey, Bible, War and
Peace) but zoomed into the time period between 1920-1930 the user would see
the ten most significant books from that period (Great Gatsby, etc).
"Significance" is ranked according to a composite index of Wikipedia page
traffic for the particular work, google search traffic, google ngram
mentions, and library circulation. Users could then click on a work they
find interesting and go to a page showing more information and save the
book to a customizable reading list.
making Wikipedia's API do as told. The job is paid.
Mockups and more info here <http://bitly.com/kanonproject>.
Producer of Operations
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