INFO (Last updated on 09/24/2014)


The project was started when I was looking for information on a history of the popes and found that it was hard to find a timeline for any one particular subject. So I set out to find a way of building a site that could provide the information in a chronological time line.

The site was designed to allow for contributors to submit history for People, Locations, of Things (PLoTs). Once they are reviewed and accepted then they are visible on the site with a marker showing the contributor/historian. Information is to be collected from all around the world.

Ticks provide a quick cite of one of the links or provided by a contributor along with links to the cited site, additional links to other site that have more information on the subject. Books and other PLoTs that are associated to the tick.

DIGGER system is an automated system that retrieves a lot of data. Part of the system then reads the information and determines Ticks for review or inclusion directly to live system.

Current language for the system is English, but the DIGGER system is pulling in information for other languages. Once the base of the site and background systems are set, these languages will be put in place. (See project history for more info)

Updates are done nightly (U.S. PST) - current live PLoTs and Tick counts appear on the bottom of the inquiry page. This number will grow daily.


There are three basic collection methods of data: automated, repository for contributor review, or contributed by a historian.

An automated system named DIGGER retrieves select sites then digs through them for more linked site and dated sentences following the language formatting rules and word types. People, locations, and things are then extracted and tied to the sentence and the link that provided them. The information is the stored in a repository or recently if they pass all the test are added to the live system.

This method will produce duplication ticks and some erroneous info, but as the system learns there will be a reduction of the incorrect and useless links and ticks from the system. Part of the DIGGER applications is a learning system that uses analysis and help to add changes to the system to make better selection of information. The analysis also corrects or informs issues that were posted previous to theadjusted rules for users or automated system to resolve the posted live information cleaning out the data.

A Repository of information that does not pass all the tests is stored and allows for a contributor to review and make needed choices as to the validity and value of the entries for incorporation to the live system. This also provides feedback to the DIGGER system to adjust the rules of selecting valid entries.

A separate path allows for external contributing Historians to provide their own chronological order with links and books on a subject. These are submitted for verification and approval process. Once approved the ticks will be added to the live system with a marker for show the Historian who contributed to it.

Books, whether paper or ebook for, will be included into the database since the web only contains partial information on many subject for past , books on the other hand contain a larger history of the past. This is different for current history within the last 10 years, but since there is about 6,000 years of history both methods are needed.


Since the site requires people, equipment, and services, different methods were considered to help pay for these. The final choice was two parts.

One is a library or school can pay a small fee and advertising will be removed from the wikichron site only or they can have their own logo or their own advertising for events. This does not stop the associated links for ticks to have advertising, but since the entries will be reviewed, our policy will be to use links with little to no advertising as a preference and sites that are heavily loaded with ads and little information will be removed from the system.

Preferred advertisers are small brick and mortar companies and stores in their local area, the system regionalizes the globe and allows the advertiser to select the regions they wish to be in. A link will be provided for when visiting the area to see who our supporters are for the user visiting a region.

Ads are restricted to an image and link. No animation, videos, or popups will be allowed. This reduces the load on the users browser and attempts to reduce the interference of the experience.

Books, referenced in links, information will be maintained and a suitable vendor(s) will be selected to offer these.

for more info on advertising, please visit our Advertising link when available.

Project History:

September 24, 2014 Have revised coding of PLoTs and repository DIGGER Learning application. Currently at 5,448 unique tick entries. Once at 10k entries an analysis will be done to calculate and adjust learning for duplication issues and date issues. At this time then the live entries will be viewed, tested, and cleaned.

September 3. 2014 over 178k of ticks (time entries) in Repository and Sample testing, 8k of PLoTs (Person, Location, or Things) not loaded into live system. Currently processing around 300 ticks, and 15 PLoTs a day using the learning module, once the learn limits are hit then this should easily process 3k to 4k of ticks a day with 100+ new PLoTs being added live - From current calculations of learn (only active for the past two weeks) by end of September this should be achieved.

August 2014 Contributor programming was modified from what was learned to increase efficiency and processing of the built-up entries. DIGGER now has a functional learning system an is in the process of being taught entries, as it's rules build they become active and start processing entries for learned rules. The previous version used hard coding which showed to be inefficient.

August 2014 Our logo was created by Coleen, much better than the one I created. A couple of modification will need to be done for viewing on handheld devices

July 2014 Jim started to process and validate the information that was built up in the repository. It's slow to start but wanted to be cautious on the process to get it going in the right direction.

April 2014 The prototype of the web site was created and started testing, a couple of types were developed but finally a simpler form was selected for readability and usability. Some modifications will still need to be made.

March 2014 The new database method showed to be successful and data is now being cleansed also the rules for the english language is learned and DIGGER application started getting modified to handle these discovered rules. The learning system was defined to process entries with help learning during it, then using an analysis feedback process adjust the rules to assist in reduction or erroneous entries.

January 2014 A new database method of using multiple leveling to keep high and low use separate for performance processing

December 2013 A method needed to be found to handle the bottleneck and validating the information

July 2013, The beginnings of DIGGER application was created to start to pull in data, the months to follow were used to pull in over 1 million ticks but caused a massive bottleneck for processing info.

March 2013, A draft process was determined as to what to collected and how to handle it

Jan 2013, Looking for information but was unable to find a good chronological history site for viewing of information on a subject

Slated for:

September 2014 - Populating data to live system will be the most important key for this month, hoping to have at least 200k ticks and 10k PLoTs on system by end of month. Advertising module and Educational Adverts bypassing will be worked on and added.

October 2014 - Books processing along with art are being incorporated into the system. Currently (Aug 2014) the data is being collected but to handle it properly the process is delayed till then

October 2014 - External Historian module should be completed, as of August 2014 the module is being rewrote from PC based application to a web based interface, testing should occur in September 2014


Ticks - A time entry for a PLoT
PLoT - Acronym for Person, Location, or Thing
Person - A living or once alive individual, this does not include groups or fictitious individuals they are considered things
Location - A physical location or object, building, or site that does not move but can be visited.
Thing - Anything that does not fit into the person or location category. There is no breakdown of this category.

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A project by Brenda & James Tabele
A different type of Chronological Reference Engine