Almost every subject area can make use of timelines, right? And there are a number of great tech tools to help you build them. Here is but one more.

Researchers at UBC have developed the Timeline Curator designed to extract time-referenced events from existing documents and render them as a visual timeline:

TimeLineCurator quickly and automatically extracts temporal references in freeform text to generate a visual timeline. You can then interactively curate the events in this timeline until you are satisfied, or quickly decide that there is no interesting temporal structure within the document. You can also create a mashup of multiple documents against each other to compare their temporal structure.

You can paste in the text of a paper, but an even easier approach is providing it a link to say a Wikipedia article (which tend to have an abundance of temporal references). For this example, we compare the life events of two prominent geologists; both of which were generated by providing the web addresses for the Wikipedia articles for James Hutton and William Smith.


Timelines can then be edited and exported.

For this stretch give the Timeline Curator a try for a prominent figure (or 2 or more) in your field. What other ways can you think to use a tool that can generate timelines from text content?

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