Purpose

Histolines is a platform to compile all of historical events in one database with account of time and place. As it matures it will have infinitely detailed record of history that will be easy to navigate and analyze. This platform only intakes the basic information of who, what, where, when and with who. This prevents the usual interpretation and bias inherent in other history sources. Histolines allows anyone to add to our knowledge of history, yet it has build in mechanisms to justify the claim and to filter out fallacious remarks and events of little importance.

Idea

Histolines is a platform to compile all of historical events in one database with account of time and place. As it matures it will have infinitely detailed record of history that will be easy to navigate and analyze. This platform only intakes the basic information of who, what, where, when and with who. This prevents the usual interpretation and bias inherent in other history sources. Histolines allows anyone to add to our knowledge of history, yet it has build in mechanisms to justify the claim and to filter out fallacious remarks and events of little importance.

Histolines allows you to navigate through time to look at all the known events in any stretch of time. It allows you to look at all the life events of a particular character and collection of characters that overlap in time. With time we want to develop the capability of looking into events of a particular region. (It can be a country, continent or a town). Weather to check the legitimacy, or to find out more about what happened one can explore the event more fully by hitting the detail tab, to read the references or comments or to check which grander historical periods this event belongs to. As histolines growth we can develop timed maps to display the movement of characters throughout time. Histolines democratizes writing, access and interpretation of history.

Histolines has a large collection of birthdays and death dates, list of most major world leaders throughout time, most of US presidents, Supreme Court justices, Senators and Representatives time in office (we are currently working on other countries like Canada and Brittan), most of the movies released in the US, most of the Music Albums released throughout time, most of Oscars nominations and winners, most of Roman Consuls and various other detail that cannot be grouped into a category but should be discovered on your own. We are working on digging for a lot more information, such as Olympic history, other sports results and trades, list of other countries politicians, patent history and whatever kind of data we can get our hands on. Please email us with suggestions of datasets or datasets themselves that we can incorporate into Histolines. But most of the information in the world especially from the past has not been collected into neat tables. That’s why Histolines is so important, as it is the only place for people to compile events of the people who lived in the past into one data driven knowledge base, so that people can use data analytics techniques to better understand our past, and for the average Joe to be able to access his own history.


Inspiration

Sometime in March of 2013 a friend of mine sent me a link what would facebook look like if it existed during World War II , and reading it has set in motion all sorts of events that have led to the creation of histolines.com. First thought that flashed across my brain was that it would be amazing to create something similar for the Roman Empire, in particular about the turbulent time of Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony, Cleopatra and people they have interacted with. But almost as soon I realized that drawing it as an image would be almost pointless since first every moment in history would need a timeline like this and second I could never capture full complexity of those people and I would need to perpetually edit it and append it. Thus a fairly obvious solution was to build a platform that would allow people to build such timelines. After quite some time and hours of trying to figure out how it would look and work and learning how to build websites I have set of to build histolines, but it is all thanks to a facebook message in which my friend shared this link with me.


Whats there

Histolines is designed for everyday user to add events to its knowledge base, but we had to start with something. To create a skeleton of data we crawled the internet looking for every historical fact we can get our hands on, and we still continue this today to enrich what histolines knows. So far we have over 400,000 events for about 80,000 people throughout history. These are around 200 event types which describe what happened to the particular person or state at any given time and place.

We are working to provide this database free for everybody in an open source format so that people have access to this information to perform their analysis and visualization.

Histolines has a large collection of birthdays and death dates, list of most major world leaders throughout time, most of US presidents, Supreme Court justices, Senators and Representatives time in office (we are currently working on other countries like Canada and Brittan), most of the movies released in the US, most of the Music Albums released throughout time, most of Oscars nominations and winners, most of Roman Consuls and various other detail that cannot be grouped into a category but should be discovered on your own. We are working on digging for a lot more information, such as Olympic history, other sports results and trades, list of other countries politicians, patent history and whatever kind of data we can get our hands on. Please email us with suggestions of datasets or datasets themselves that we can incorporate into Histolines. But most of the information in the world especially from the past has not been collected into neat tables. That’s why Histolines is so important, as it is the only place for people to compile events of the people who lived in the past into one data driven knowledge base, so that people can use data analytics techniques to better understand our past, and for the average Joe to be able to access his own history.

What do we want

Histolines focuses on people and states and events that have occurred to them which do disqualify so data from it. We are a lot more interested in what JFK was buying in a store while a teen them GDP of US during those same years, or how many deaths occurred in Chicago. Let statistics be reported when they are suited this is a place for specific events not generalizations. It’s much more interesting to know that George W. Bush was elected President in 2000 and 2004 then he was The President for 8 years. It might seem like a slight difference but it allows us to use each piece of information to create content to whatever was happening in the same time and eventually in the same are.

Data types

List of the most popular collections



What do you get

All the data on histolines is available to the public. At the moment the mechanics of downloading the data is still under construction. Soon enough we will build functionality for everyone to get a subset or a full dataset. If you want to get the data now please email us at Histolines@gmail.com

Features

Main page is the list of all the historical events in order as they were added to histolines. Each event includes who as in the name, what happened and when. Sometimes we also include with whom and where but that's optional.

Since every event has been inputted by anyone who cared to write it we have to let reader identify and vote on the event significance and accuracy which is a part of every event. Also we have the detail button which will show you more information bout the event. If you press the detail button you can see the same event on the side of the whole timeline with addition of the list of references that the users have inputted about this event, list of collections that this event belongs to. You can read or add comments to this event also while the event is fresh you can add elements to it after pressing the refine button.

If you want to add a new event, please check that is not in histolines yet and then press the "New Event" button. Type in Name, what happened, with who, when and where. The website will give you suggestions on names and events types. To keep histolines clean ad organized you can only use names and events that are already in histolines. There are quiet a few but if you want to add one please feel free to email us. You can also click on advanced inputs and add details like a reference web site link to a picture genre and sign your work. Then just click add event. Assuming all is well your post will expand the knowledge base of histolines.

)

Navigation

There are multiple ways to move around in histolines if you click the time tab you can enter the start and the end date and histolines will show you all the events that we know of that happened between those two dates. Day tab allows you to focus on a a particular day like all the events that happened on March 15th or on your birthday. Also if you see a date on the site and you want to know what else has happened on that day just click the date and histolines will show ou all it knows about that date.

Characters tab will help you look up a timeline of events of any character just start typing in his name and just click on one of the suggestions. Also if you see the character in some other timeline you can click on the name and the site will direct you to their timeline. When you are on on a particular characters timeline on the right hand side we have a list of all the characters that have lived in the same time period. Just click on their name and histolines will combine their timelines so you can see how their lives have interacted.

)

Regions field has not been fully developed. But if you see a lat long included in an event just click on it and a map will appear to show you where that event has occurred.

Collection will allow us to group multiple events into a grand collection like world war two. But that feature still needs some work.

Relevance will help you sort through significance and accuracy that people over time have voted. And hopefully filter out the unnecessary nonsense.

The database behind this site allows use to compile and view history in a brand new way. And hopefully see a lot more what has been written between the lines.

Contact Details

Chicago, IL 60622

E: histolines@gmail.com

H: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST