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Digital Methods: Timeline

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Project acknowledgement.Creating a narrative timeline using Timeline JS

In literary studies, timelines can be used to construct and communicate short form narratives that privilege the chronological context of a concept. Timeline JS enables you to curate narratives that foster multimodal interaction and are visually engaging with the ability to embed content from other sources. Consider the example in the screenshots below that details the role of women in computing. Each slide is carefully selected to ensure clarity by keeping the text minimal and concise, while using multimodal content in the form of webpages, maps, and videos to help communicate the message.

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Timeline Ada Lovelace example. Timeline the first computer example. Timeline the women who made it work example.

These images were sourced from: Women in computing. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://timeline.knightlab.com/

Getting started with Timeline is easy

At JCU, and in your professional lives, you will be asked to communicate clearly and concisely across multiple modes. You might use Timeline JS to build a digital narrative that:

  • communicates the publishing history of a text
  • tracks the progression of time within a narrative
  • explores geographical or cross-cultural transmission of a specific narrative
  • follows the changing use of an image across literary time periods

Ready to get started on your own Timeline?

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