What kind of data should the tool work with?

Timemap.js is a Javascript library that helps you to produce online maps (such as Google, OpenLayers, and Bing) along with a SIMILE timeline. You can load one or more datasets (in JSON, KML, or GeoRSS) onto both a map and a timeline simultaneously. By default, only items in the visible range of the timeline are displayed on the map.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Visualizes a series of events across both time and space. Allows researcher to create of an interactive timeline and map that are linked together. Users of the timeline can press "play" to watch the timeline scroll forward and the map zoom from place to place as they highlight each event (and the researcher's attached images and text) in turn. Users can also pause the progress of history, move forward or back at their own pace, and zoom in or out of either the map or timeline to examine areas of interest.

Compare to: StoryMap JS, MapStory, Odyssey.js

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Sep 2016

Aeon Timeline is more like an abstract temporal entity management program. I t happens to use a visual timeline, but it allows for conceptual linking of people, places, events in a rather clever fashion. It is intended for brainstorming and collecting via flexible input and export.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 6 May 2016

TImeline is an open source framework for visualizing data files and data feeds in a variety of formats via an aesthetically pleasing web display. Timelines are interactive and media rich.
User creates timeline by completing a google sheets template. The Timeline then processes and generates the code for display. Minimal programming knowledge is required.

Code license: Mozilla Public License
Last updated: 12 Aug 2015

TimeMapper is an open source timeline tool that takes information in a Google spreadsheet and uses it to generate a timeline that can then be published, shared, or embedded on the web. It utilizes components from other open source tools like TimelineJS and Leaflet maps. It is simple to use, but not easily customizable.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 3 Aug 2015

TimeRime is a web-based tool allowing people to create, view, and compare interactive timelines.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

Tiki-Toki provides users with the ability to create interactive and stylish timelines either through a web application or through a desktop app. Timelines created through the web interface can be shared or embedded. Timelines created through the desktop app are only available locally, and can be used for presentations, or for creating timelines using data that you wish to store locally. Users with a free account can create one timeline that can't be embedded. Paid users can create multiple timelines that can be embedded, as well as edited by multiple users.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 11 Mar 2015

Time Flow is an open-source timeline built to help journalists analyze temporal data. The application offers several view modes--timeline, calendar, list, table--to help explore thousands of data points. It is not a web-based tool--it is a desktop application that can run off a thumb-drive and is built to handle large datasets, and timeline events that may include approximate dates or date spans.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

TimeGlider is a data-driven interactive timeline application built using JavaScript. You can "grab" the timeline and drag it left and right, and zoom in and out to view centuries at a time or just hours. TimeGlider allows you to create event-spans so that you can see durations and how they overlap. Being web-based, TimeGlider lets you collaborate and share easily.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 31 Jan 2015

TimelineJS can pull in media from different sources. It has built in support for: Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and more media types in the future. Creating one is as easy as filling in a Google spreadsheet or as detailed as JSON.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The amount of online data annotated with geospatial and temporal metadata has grown rapidly in the recent years. Providers like Flickr and Twitter are popular, but hard to browse. Many systems exist that, in multiple linked views, show the data under geospatial, temporal, and topical aspects. GeoTemCo is a web-application which easily can be utilized to visualize such kind of data, and furthermore, it allows the comparative analysis of several datasets.

Code license: GNU LGPL
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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