Hot diggidy, here’s Dipity! Great free interactive timeline toolkit.
August 20th, 2008
Sometimes, a name escapes you. This name escaped me when I was referring to an online tool that let you create your own private or public timeline of data, images, or references. Digiddy? Diggedy? Dittley? Bo Diddley? It just did not come to the front of my mind. The name I was looking for was "Dipity". Below, you can see how the increasing online-savvy LiverPool Post has made a timeline of 20.08.2008 to celebrate Liverpool's year as City of Culture. The service from Dipity is a great way to share images, text and video, and place them into a contextual container which automatically assumes an interactive timeline format. It's an excellent way to tell a story about an event in a linear patten, but with non-linear input from amny different sources or individual contributors, and it's worth visiting the site to see some examples of how Dipity is being used. I'm working on some projects that involve usind Dipity and some of its associated 'mashup tools' to illustrate an individual's biography and 'lifestream' as outlined at British Blogcasting Corporation - and this is, of course, almost made for anything you'd want to call a 'digital biography'!