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Histropedia – The Timeline of Everything (FoCL)

19th February 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Histropedia – knowledge from Wikipedia visualised as dynamic timelines

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 Onethe Heroic Age of Antarctic Explorationthe Novels by Charles DickensEmpiresFamous Artiststhe filmography of David Bowie and many more.

It takes minutes to create new timelines and, once published, these timelines are available for others to view and add to as a free open education resource where each timeline event can be clicked on to take you through to the Wikipedia article to find out more.

In this workshop, we will learn how to use Histropedia by completing a sequence of practical exercises to find, combine and improve content. Thereafter, you can create your own bespoke timelines which can be embedded in websites or shared for the benefit of everyone.

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


Note: This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties. For further information please contact the organiser.

Important: Please bring a laptop with you to take part in the workshop. If you wish to borrow one please email ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk at least 24 hours in advance.


Bookings via MyEd: https://edin.ac/2SHOJb6


This workshop is being provided as part of the Festival of Creative Learning. To learn more about the festival and other events, visit the Festival website here: http://www.festivalofcreativelearning.ed.ac.uk/


Header Image: Histropedia: a timeline of female photographers, by Sandra Fauconnier, 2018, CC BY-SA


19th February 2019
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm


Ewan McAndrew


Room 1.10, Main Library, George Square (Central Area)