“TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. TimelineJS can pull in media from a variety of sources. Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Google Maps, Wikipedia, SoundCloud, Document Cloud and more! Tips & tricks:
- Keep it short, no more than 20 slides for a reader to click through.
- Pick stories that have a strong chronological narrative
- It does not work well for stories that need to jump around in the timeline
- Write each event as a part of a larger narrative
- Include events that build up to major occurrences — not just the major events.”
Timelines are a great way to show lots of rich media in a structured way based on chronological order so they perfect for documenting events during the World Wars.
How do I share the artefact?
- Open the Google spreadsheet template and make a copy
- Replace the sample content with the information for your timeline (dates, text, links to media, etc), adding more rows as required.
- ‘Publish to the web’ in Google Sheets (File/Publish to the Web/Entire Document/Web page)
- Close the ‘Publish to the web’ pop-up box.
- Copy the URL (link) of your Google Sheet from the address bar
- Paste this URL (link) into the ‘Insert Media Link Here’ section of your new Artefact on WorldWars.eu
- Complete the other sections of the Artefact (Title, Short Description, Tags, Artefact Text, etc)
- Click ‘Save & Close’
- Your new Artefact containing your Timeline will be live on WorldWars.eu