Ici, rien ne se vend, rien ne s’achète,
rien n’est demandé,  tout est donné...


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Many wikipedia articles have coordinates. Many have references to historic events. Me (@godawful) and Tom Martin (@heychinaski) cross referenced the two to create a dynamic visualization of Wikipedia's view of world history. Watch as empires fall, wars break out and continents are discovered.

This won "Best Visualization" at Matt Patterson's History Hackday in January, 2011. To make it, we parsed an xml dump of all wikipedia articles (30Gb) and pulled out 424,000 articles with coordinates and 35,000 references to events. Cross referencing these produced 15,500 events with locations. Then we mapped them over time.

More information and datasets: 2011/ feb/ 2/ history-world-100-seconds/

The decline of the largest maritime empires of the 19 and 20th centuries.

A more sober and formal approach. The physics engine was tweaked in order to attain fluid interactions and a mitosis like split. Added the original 13 colonies (USA). Added Ireland. Cuba maintains its perceived independence date for the consistency of the chosen dates for the other territories.

There is more information displayed, as the former colonies persist on the map and head to their current geographical positions. Therefore it is possible to visualize in the end of the narrative how much of the world was once part of an Empire. The timeline is no longer linear as it speeds up if there is nothing going on.

The music was kindly composed for the purpose of this narrative by CHOP WOOD –