Synchronoptic view


Synchronoptic view

A Synchronoptic view is a graphic display of a number of entities as they proceed through time. A synchronoptic view can be used for many purposes but is best suited to the visual display of history. A number of related timelines can be drawn on a single chart showing which events and lives are contemporary and which are unconnected.

A synchronoptic view has important educational advantages. Visible information is much more easily learned, than when it is presented only in pure text form.

Etymology

The concept in question is made visual — hence "optic". The elements are displayed synchronously: i.e. which events in one area happened at the same time as events in another seemingly unrelated area. Thus "synchron-optic".

Synchronoptic also means visible at the same time", or "with parallel views". i.e. The user gets a view of all the information in one go.

Example uses

History is an ideal subject for a synchronoptic view. Multiple timelines are able to show how events interacted. Multiple lifelines can show which people were contemporaries.( [http://www.hyperhistory.com/chart/section.html See example] )

A combination of maps is also synchronoptic when it displays successive moments in time.

External links

* [http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html Hyper History Online] . A good example of a synchronoptic view of history


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