Submissions/Wikistoria, a comparative encyclopedia of history

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After careful consideration, the programme committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2013 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no.
2040
Subject no.
C1
Title of the submission
Wikistoria, a comparative encyclopedia of history
Type of submission
presentation
Author of the submission
Damien Tron
Country of origin
France
Affiliation
E-mail address
damcap@free.fr
Username
Damcap
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract
Wikistoria is a collaborative project designed to integrate historical knowledge contributed by users and organize them along a timeline and according to their themes. The objective is to provide a framework to navigate historical entries according to the time or theme of the subject matter. The use may be twofold: either browsing the evolution of a subject in time or studying multiple themes in a single time period. The site would be a natural complement to Wikipedia, to which it would be linked directly.
Detailed proposal
Wikistoria is a collaborative project designed to integrate historical knowledge contributed by users and organize them along a timeline and according to their themes. The objective is to provide a framework to navigate historical entries according to the time or theme of the subject matter. In order to achieve that, the website would permit the time period shown on the screen to be varied either by advancing/retreating in time or by widening/narrowing the time period shown. The length of the time period would be manipulated with the help of the mouse wheel, activated by pressing and holding the "Alt" button. The time period relative to the present would also be adjusted with the mouse wheel, but activated by pressing and holding the "Control" button. The design would be two-fold: either the browsing of the evolution of a subject in time or the study of multiple themes in a single time period. A search field would allow for the research of material on a theme based on keyword or index.

Each selected topic would be presented under the time axis, which would serve as a reference. The principal items corresponding to the selected theme would appear within this band. Each listing would be furnished with a title, summary text, an image (if supplied), and a link. The link may lead to a relevant Wikipedia web page. The information band would be composed of a strip listing the titles, a strip just underneath containing the summaries and/or photos, and another strip providing the links further below. It would be possible to select several themes and compare their progress through history simultaneously. This would allow for simultaneous events to be observed, specifically allowing for the potential causes of events and their development to be analyzed. Currently, there's no tool that allow to easily navigate in time of an ancyclopedia or to compare multiple subjects in a same periode. The site would be a natural complement to Wikipedia, to which it would be linked directly. The enrichment of Wikistoria would work in a similar manner as Wikepedia, the material being added by registered users with the possibility of correcting material already posted on the site. The design and implementation of the website would require a trained web designer.

Track
  • Cultural and Educational Outreach
Length of presentation/talk
25 minutes
Language of presentation/talk
English
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Not sure
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
a french-english translator will be appreciated


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  1. --Archeologo (talk) 14:09, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
  2. Mitchan14 (talk)