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: http://www.ragtag.info/2011/feb/2/history-world-100-seconds/
07/16/12 update - includes more HD-sourced materials, slight edit tweaks, font change, and adds Repo Man, Twelve Monkeys and Panic Room to the mix.
Full film and television listing:
Phantom of the Opera
My Man Godfrey
Make Way For Tomorrow
The Maltese Falcon
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Lady in the Lake
Singing in the Rain
The Man with the Golden Arm
Anatomy of a Murder
North by Northwest
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Pink Panther
Saturday Night Fever
Do The Right Thing
The Naked Gun
Natural Born Killers
The Island of Dr. Moreau
Dawn of the Dead
Catch Me If You Can
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Six Feet Under
Up In The Air
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
The Social Network
Enter The Void
-Winner of the 2013 National Magazine Awards for best Multimedia piece of the year-
Cheetahs are the fastest runners on the planet. Combining the resources of National Geographic Magazine and the Cincinnati Zoo, and drawing on the skills of an incredible crew, we documented these amazing cats in a way that’s never been done before.
Using a Phantom camera filming at 1200 frames per second while zooming beside a sprinting cheetah, the team captured every nuance of the cat’s movement as it reached top speeds of 60+ miles per hour.
The extraordinary footage that follows is a compilation of multiple runs by five cheetahs during three days of filming.
Shell's priceless Grand Prix moment
BREAKING: Our @Shell Grand Prix ceremony video has been banned from YouTube. So, we put it back up
Grab it while you can. And reupload it. Tell Shell what we think of #censorship"
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