TimelineJS tips

TimelineJS makes it easy to create interactive timelines based on a Google spreadsheet.

Follow the instructions here (click on the big green MAKE A TIMELINE NOW button).

A few tips:

  1. Rename the Google spreadsheet template to something like “Everglades timeline” so you don’t end up with multiple spreadsheets named Copy of TimelineJS Template.
  2. Click on More Options in Step 3 so you can change the font and adjust the zoom level (if necessary). The Georgia and Helvetica Neue font looks best on mypalmbeachpost.com.
  3. You can embed links in the headline, text, media credit and caption columns using html like so:

     

        Which will show up like this:
          Charles R Noegel collection, State Archives of Florida,

    Florida Memory

Timelines, maps, graphs and other data visualizations

Some mapsgraphs and timelines produced by Palm Beach Post staff researchers.


Maps and graphs using Tableau, a free web-based tool for producing interactive charts, graphs and maps.

Palm Beach County home values 2000-2013
Palm Beach County home values

Homicide victims
Palm Beach County homicide victims 2009-2013

Business indicators
Business and economic indicators

Spring training sites
Spring training sites

Executive compensation
executive-compensation-screenshot


Maps using Google Fusion Tables

Florida aviation accidents since 2004
florida-aircraft-accidents-screenshot

Palm Beach home sales
PB-home-sales-map-screenshot

Origins of Palm Beach County place names
Place-names-map-screenshot

County crime data
Crime-map-screenshot


Timelines using TimelineJS, an open-source web-based tool with built-in support for embedding photos, videos and other media.

Everglades timeline
Everglades timeline

Executions in Florida since 1979
florida-executions-screenshot

FAU-timeline-screenshot

Summer-concert-preview-screenshot

SFWMD-timeline-screenshot

iWitness: Explore social media content by time and place

Try iWitness here. Note: It works with Google Chrome and Safari, but not Firefox or Internet Explorer.

About iWitness, from the iWitness FAQ:

Q: What is iWitness?
A: iWitness is a free, web-based software tool that makes it easy for people to explore social media content by time and place.

Q: How does it work?
A: iWitness scans social media services for content that a user has attached a location to. Any content without a location attached to it does not show up in iWitness.

Q: What social media services does iWitness support?
A: The initial release of iWitness scans Twitter and Flickr. It can also show photos and videos posted to Twitter that are hosted on the following services:

Photos: Twitter, Instagram, Twitpic, Twitgoo, Lockerz
Videos: YouTube, Twitvid, Vimeo

Q: What about Facebook? I love Facebook!
A: We love Facebook too. But Facebook doesn’t let us access the location associated with a piece of content. We hope they will in the future. Fortunately, iWitness is an open-source tool, meaning anyone can modify it or extend it to support new services.

Q: What browsers does iWitness work on? Can I use it on my phone or tablet?
A: iWitness works with WebKit-based browsers such as Google Chrome or Safari. You can use it on an iPad, but it’s not designed to work on the small screens of mobile phones.

Q: Where does the source code live?
A: You can access the source code repository at https://github.com/adaptivepath/iWitness.

Q: Who created iWitness?
A: These folks:

Adaptive Path design team
Product Concept, Project Lead, and UX Design:
Jesse James Garrett
Visual Design: Vanessa Stepanenko
Project Manager: Eun-Joung Lee

New Context development team
John Andrews
Alex Burkhart
Mike Enriquez
Adam McCrea
Jerry Nümmi
Project Manager: Mike Doel

Staying on top of it

Google Alerts are a quick and easy way to keep up with news, blogs, updates to company web sites — anything you can find with a Google search.

To set up an alert go to www.google.com/alerts, type in a search, give your email address, and you’ll get an email whenever Google finds new results for that search.

You don’t have to have a Google account to use Google Alerts, but if you do have an account you can edit your alerts by tweaking the search and changing the frequency of the emails.

Advanced Google search features help make sure your alert doesn’t send you irrelevant stuff:

Use double quotes to search for a name or an exact phrase: “frank biden” won’t find Francis W. Biden, but it will eliminate results that list Joe Biden and some other guy named Frank

Search within a specific web site: “boynton beach” site:sun-sentinel.com or “palm beach” site:nytimes.com

Use a wildcard to replace words: “* scott signed * bill finds Governor Scott signed a bill that would allow prayer and Rick Scott signed House Bill 1513.

More Google search tips here and here.