Tutorials and Instructions

Signing Up for ClioVis

  1. Go to the START button on this website;
  2.  Sign up for an account.  Watch this video for more information.


Creating A Project

To create a project, you will give it a title and description. You can also drop a pin on a map if your project corresponds with a specific geo location. You can use your own map by uploading it, use the Google Maps option, or use the “default” map we provide (seen in the video below). You do not need to geo locate your project. If that is the case, pick “none” in the drop down menu.


Building Your Timelines

To build your timelines:

  • Hit the Create Timeline button located in the bottom left.
  • Add your date range (minimum range is 10 years, but once you are working you can narrow that range down to a specific year if you want).
  • Add a title of your Timeline.
  • After creating your Timeline you can also add a description of your Timeline by clicking on the “information” icon at the top the screen.
  • You can start adding Events to your Timeline. Each Event needs a title, date, description, and source. You can also add an image and/or audio URL.
  • You can create categories that you can use to color code your events in the top of the timeline by hitting the plus sign.
  • You can then connect events by drawing a line between two different nodes. Once the line is in place, it will ask you for a description.


Inviting Collaborators and Editing Users

Inviting people to your project is easy. You just create an invitation code. When setting up your project, you can give different people different privileges. (You can also change those privileges once people have been added.) For instance, you can decide to let some people can edit projects while others can just view them. It’s up to the project administrator to decide!  Watch the video below for instructions.


Giving Users Permission to Edit Timelines


Importing Online Images

Online open-access image repositories such as WikiMedia Commons are a great resource for adding visuals to your ClioVis timelines. Learn how to easily incorporate online pictures in your projects in the video below.


Adding Audio to Your Timeline


Presentation Mode

Using the dropdown menus in the top center of your screen,  you can activate presentation mode, order your events however you want for presentations, chat with others using the timeline, and export all the information you put in the timeline in a text format from presentation mode. Note: the video does not go over all the options. Be sure to play around to discover all you can do!


Using ClioVis in the Science Classroom

ClioVis allows students to better engage with scientific data by helping them visualize key processes in a new, intuitive format. Check out the video below for an example of ClioVis’ unique role in the science classroom: