Communication is one of the fundamental qualities for building relationships. And with the advent of the modern age, the web is just another tool on enhancing communication. It is a privilege that we are lucky to have. Some, like the US Comfort Women are deprived of many things, including this. It can be noted that it ishard to keep track of what’s what, and which tools might be the most accessible for non-techies. The good news is that developers are increasingly designing applications for the average user, someone with no programming skills.
These “off the shelf” products — many free and some open-source — make tasks do-able and efficient that would have taken huge amounts of time and money in years past. They are, in a sense, democratizing the ability to communicate on the Web.
Timeline JS: This free, open-source tool helps you build visually attractive chronologies. You simply fill out a Google spreadsheet template and drop in dates, links and associated media. The application’s Embed Generator then creates code that you cut and paste into your website, allowing you to host the timeline.
StoryMap JS: Another free Knight Lab tool, StoryMap provides a straightforward user interface for marrying visual information with geographical displays — combining maps, text and pictures in compelling packages. It allows you to build narratives that walk audiences through landscapes and geographies, allowing stories to unfold through the given map.
Chartbuilder: A free, open application, Chartbuilder was designed by the digital media outlet Quartz so that everyone in that news organization — not just specialists and developers — could quickly build data visualizations and embed them on their website. You can practice with some specific data here.
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