Open Unwrapped Dec 19th: Histropedia – Santa in the movies

University of Edinburgh festive bauble gift by Pingked (Flickr) CC BY-NC

For today’s post, we present Histropedia – the timeline of everything.

Histropedia allows users to create visually dynamic timelines using structured data from Wikidata, articles from Wikipedia and images from Wikimedia Commons.

It has in excess of 340,000 timelines listing 1.5 million articles from Wikipedia: including timelines on the Battles of World War One, the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, the Novels by Charles Dickens, Empires, Famous Artists, the filmography of David Bowie and many more.


This 1 minute 22 second video demonstrates how quickly & easily timelines can be put together:




Looking for something to watch this Christmas? This Histropedia timeline Santa Claus in the movies lists films featuring the jolly man in red, starting from the 1900 movie, A Christmas Dream, by Georges Méliès right up to modern day.


Screengrab of Histropedia timeline Santa Claus movies

Screengrab of Histropedia timeline for Santa Claus in the movies. (CC-BY)


To find out more about Histropedia, you can read this article from the Wikimedia UK blog but why not have a go yourself!



Ewan McAndrew

Wikimedian in Residence

University of Edinburgh