If you’re a sucker for interesting data maps (and we certainly are), then you’ll want to check out this world map animation created by geolocating thousands of historical dates.
Gareth Lloyd and Tom Martin dreamed up an interesting visualization project: what if you mapped all the dated events from Wikipedia in chronological order? After parsing through 424,000 Wikipedia articles they found 35,000 references to event dates. They further combed through those dates and were able to link 15,000 of them to a specific location. They mapped them over time and create a world map generated by historical records. Watch the video below to see the world slowly take shape based on available historical documents.
Hit up the link below to read more about the project and even grab the code to undertake a similar project of your own.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 03/22/11