ChronoZoom Open Source Tools Unify All the Past, Starting 13.7 Billion Years Ago to Present

On the eve of Einstein's birthday on March 14, at the at the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) Conference, Microsoft Research release the beta version of "ChronoZoom," an incredible new tool for the study of history. The open-source ChronoZoom is a joint effort of the University of California, Berkeley; Moscow State University; the Outercurve […]

On the eve of Einstein's birthday on March 14, at the at the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) Conference, Microsoft Research release the beta version of "ChronoZoom," an incredible new tool for the study of history.

The open-source ChronoZoom is a joint effort of the University of California, Berkeley; Moscow State University; the Outercurve Foundation; and Microsoft Research Connections.

"ChronoZoom, makes time relationships between different studies of history clear and vivid. In the process, it provides a framework for exploring related electronic resources, including videos, text, charts, schematics, images, articles, and other multimedia content," posted Rane Johnson-Stempson, education and scholarly communication principal research director, Microsoft Research Connections.

Adding, "ChronoZoom thus serves as a "master timeline," tying together all kinds of specialized timelines and electronic resources, and it aspires to bridge the gap between the humanities and the sciences. In the spirit of "make no small plans," ChronoZoom seeks to unify all knowledge of the past and to make this information easy to understand," he said.

ChronoZoom unifies the past--from the beginning of time, some 13.7 billion years ago, to the present--through the four major regimes: cosmic history, Earth history, life history, and human history.

starting 13.7 billion years ago - and the present are brought together through cosmic history, Earth history, life history, and human history. All this is part of Big History.

"Today's release is a call to action to the academic community to try ChronoZoom in their classrooms and then vote on its features and let us know what could make the tool even more useful," wrties Johnson-Stempson.

"For academic experts and digital collection owners, it's an opportunity to help determine the content that should be in ChronoZoom. For computer science institutions and developers around the world, it's a call to join our open-source community and help us build the next set of features," Johnson-Stempson added.

You can download the ChronoZoom tool here.