Thursday, March 15, 2012

 

ChronoZoom - wow!


ChronoZoom combines thinking from many of our content areas. It is a Web site as application, a new form of digital story telling, a history of everything timeline, a cross linking of the humanities and sciences and currently the first stage of a global community composition project. It is not completed, but it is far enough along that the project is seeking feedback:
http://www.chronozoomproject.org/

It is a classic example of the power of melding different elements in the digital palette, so far including: text, 2D animation, images from photos to complex layered almost infinitely zoomable graphics, audio, video, programming and different levels of interactivity.

Here's a short news clip that gives a quick overview of its major concepts,
http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/03/chronozoom-takes-you-through-14-billion-years-of-space-time-via-html.ars?clicked=related_right

Alvarez is a character of international renown in science and how he served as catayst for this project is a fascinating backstory (including good short video clips),
http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/03/14/chronozoom-a-deep-dive-into-the-history-of-everything/

The original designer,Roland Saekow, provides an enthusiastic and articulate overview (3 minutes).


Professor Alvarez in tandem with Roland Saekow, give a 20 minute science-history lesson using ChronoZoom.


What do you think of ChronoZoom?

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