A History of the World in 100 Seconds [Video]

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on March 22nd, 2011

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 Watch the video below to see the world slowly take shape based on available historical documents.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.

A History of the World in 100 Seconds [Ragtag via Flowing Data]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/22/11
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