Free tool of the day: Timeline

Thousands of tools exist to enhance your story packages on the web. Here’s a look at one:

I found information about the Knight News Innovation Lab‘s newest tool, “Timeline,” on (Here’s the original blog entry about it.) It’s a free, open source tool created by former New York Times staffer and current Medill faculty member Zach Wise.

From the press release on Timeline:

“No installation of serversoftware is required, and content creators can use either JSON or a Google Docs spreadsheet template to build the timeline with media elements from diverse sources such as Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo, Google Maps or SoundCloud,  The project is hosted on GitHub and is available without charge.

The timeline tool can be used to draw readers into stories that cover multiple millennia or merely minutes.  The demonstration site includes examples ranging from a Chicago neighborhood’s fight over coal-fired power plants to a look at Whitney Houston’s life.”

This looks like a neat tool to check out for or your personal web projects; all signs indicate you don’t have to be a programming guru to use it. I’m planning to test it on this site, so keep watch for it.

In the mean time, what are some free tools you like to use for web projects and beyond?



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