Chronas is a history project linking Wikipedia and Wikidata with a chronological and cartographical view. The Chronas home page has 11 images representative of the world at different times. For example, an image of a painting of Genghis Khan has the title “1248: Mongols Invade East-Europe.” Click on the image and you can read a short article about Genghis Khan and his empire. Click the map to the right of the article and you’ll be taken to an interactive map of the world as borders appeared in 1248. Once you are on the interactive Chronas map, you can adjust the time slider at the bottom of the page to see national boundaries change through the course of history. Stop the time slider at any point and click on the map to reveal a Wikipedia entry about that nation. In the upper left corner of the Chronas map is an option to explore various sets of data. In the data sets, you can find “sunburst” visualizations of population demographics according to year. You’ll also find aggregations of data that show you population distribution by ruler or empire. In addition, Chronas offers the option to turn on additional markers for cities, battles, artifacts, and famous people. When you activate the additional markers, they’ll appear on the map in the proper geographic context for the time you’ve selected on the map’s time slider. Each marker is interactive. Clicking on the marker will take you to a Wikipedia entry related to the item represented by the map marker.
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