Here's a none too pretty tool we whipped together for exploring career timelines for our project with Thomson Reuters, Connected China ( Across the top left are a set of civil service jobs, placed in an uninformed order of importance. On the left we list the then members of the Politburo Standing committee. The matrix at the shows which positions were held by which people. We then expand the grid, and then plot the positions on a timeline by year. Next we switch the timeline to be represent the ages at which each person held those jobs, and finally we collapse the grid again with the most important jobs appearing on top. You can read about how we used them at

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