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ChronoZoom is an open source community project owned by the Outercurve Foundation and dedicated to visualizing the history of everything.  ChronoZoom bridges the gap between the humanities and sciences using a notion of “Big History” to easily understand all this information. This project has been funded and supported by Microsoft Research Connections in collaboration with University California at Berkeley, Moscow State University and University of Washington Information School (iSchool), and The Center for Web and Data Science (WDS) departments.

You can browse through all of history on ChronoZoom to find data in the form of articles, images, video, sound, and other multimedia. ChronoZoom links together a wealth of information that has been curated by experts and enthusiasts to tell important stories from history. By drawing upon the latest discoveries from many different disciplines, you can visualize the temporal relationships between events, trends, and themes. Some of the disciplines that contribute information to ChronoZoom include biology, astronomy, geology, climatology, prehistory, archeology, anthropology, economics, cosmology, natural history, and population and environmental studies.

Early History

In the spring of 2009 Walter Alvarez was teaching a Big History course at the University of California Berkeley where he and then-student Roland Saekow began collaborating on ideas for an interactive timeline application to help teach the course. After the creation of an early prototype, Microsoft Research was engaged and Microsoft Live Labs produced the first live version of ChronoZoom. Since then, a beta version was published and now version 1.0 is being built in 2013 by Microsoft Research Connections (MRC), University of California Berkeley, Moscow State University and University of Washington with participation of both the Information School and the Web and Data Sciences departments.