“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.
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.