As Grafton said “graphic representation is among our most important tools for organizing information.” (Grafton, p. 10), time maps and timelines are quite helpful for the study of history. These tools for organizing historical events match “our mental furniture” (Grafton, p. 10) which shows our favor on visual forms. Chronology organizes information in a pattern. It is always with time and events in order or images with time on it.

we can explore the relationship among different events by divide them by time or by space with the help of timeline or the map.

As technology developed, we now have computers with more advanced chronological tools. Timemapper, for example, turns time and location in the information into visual images. Instead of using chart, we put events on a straight line in time order, which can better show more specific time sequence and time distance between each other. We can also trace the event to the map, by which we can find the space distance between different events. By comparing events happened in different time and space, we can find out more things that have not mentioned in the texts—the hidden relationship of different events. By finding similarities of time and space and events, which can be easily seen on Timemapper, we can connect different events and tell a story—an event can be the cause of the next event or the effect of an earlier event.

“The timeline offered a new way of visualizing history” (Grafton , p. 20), Timeglider gives a good example for this. Timeglider compacts pages of gliderinformation into short titles in order which would be more clear and easier to understand. It is interesting that it organizes titles into “stairs” in order. In Payne’s Travel Journal, for example, we can figure out the route Payne and his partners traveled. We can also figure out the time they spend on different place simplely by seeing different distance between different titles. Titles that are close to the same vertical line show that Payne and his partners arrived in one place and quickly moved to another. Knowing this can help us find out the place where they spent more time staying in and that place would probably be an important place in which important events happened.

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3 thoughts on “Timelines”

  1. Hello!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post on timelines!!! We both discussed Grafton’s point of spacial representation of time and the importance of this. However, you emphasized the events that were not directly related to the travels of Payne and Froehlich while my post focused more on the spacial relations of their own logging of events. Your post shed light on different aspects of the same point from Grafton’s article and I believe our interpretations are equally relevant.

  2. Hey, Sonia. I really agree with your opinion about the importance of timelines. I feel you more emphasize on looking for similarities of time and location of different events. I feel it’s also possible to compare the differneces between those events. Furthermmore, I totally agreed with the Grafton point you put in your article.

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  3. Hi Sonia, I really like the comments you made about the timelines. We do have some similar points in our posts. I like how you talk about the Timeglider with the Payne Journal. In your post, you emphasized on the point that the tools used connect the events and tell a story, which I talked about this as well in my post. However, you focus more on the relationship of different events. Also, you did a great job on introducing these two tools.

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