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Timeline JS

“TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. TimelineJS can pull in media from a variety of sources. Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Google Maps, Wikipedia, SoundCloud, Document Cloud and more! Tips & tricks:

  • Keep it short, no more than 20 slides for a reader to click through.
  • Pick stories that have a strong chronological narrative. It does not work well for stories that need to jump around in the timeline.
  • Write each event as a part of a larger narrative.
  • Include events that build up to major occurrences — not just the major events.”

Timelines are a great way to show lots of rich media in a structure way based on chronological order. It does not need to be a non-fiction book, you could also create a timeline based on the fiction book you are reading.

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How do I share my creation to The Living Library?

  • Create the Google spreadsheet for your timeline with all of the text, images and videos required
  • ‘Publish to the web’ in Google Sheets
  • Copy the URL (link) of your Google Sheet from the address bar
  • Paste this URL (link) into section 3 of the Timeline JS page, it will generate a new URL in section 4
  • Copy the ‘Share Link’ (URL) in section 4 (not the embed code).
  • Paste the URL (link) into the media section of the book in The Living Library
  • Your timeline will be embedded into that book so you can interact with it directly within The Living Library.
  • You can then print the QR code next to your creation and attach it to the physical book you are reading.

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