18 February 2019
A Timeline is a visual representation of events in chronological order. It is typically displayed along a line with markers that indicate sequential events or points in time. The Timeline displays this time-related information to visualise the history of a company or product perhaps, or to present a story.
These Timelines function the same as the timeline in a story plot. In story-building, timelines help to plot out the sequence of events to organise the flow of the story. It structures the beginning, middle and end and links units of time to particular events. Essentially, it provides a map to follow to create a story masterpiece. Similarly, the Timeline in dataviz maps out events to reveal the enticing story of the data.
In data visualisation, you could encounter three types of Timelines:
The Timeline is a very amicable visualisation extension as it pairs well with many dataviz objects. You can combine the Timeline with a Bar chart, for instance, to show the values linked to specific events.
They also combine well with a Pie chart or Heatmaps—since they visualise data over time, they pair excellently. They also mix well with the Sankey chart to show the flow of quantities over time.
In Healthcare, analysts use Timelines to track the history of a patient’s health or review the historical Timeline of surgery.
Data scientists in the Finance sector use them to list account balances and gain better insights into their financial position.
Retailers may use a Timeline to plot out events for launching a new product.
In Manufacturing, the Timeline layout helps portray chronological transformations, such as depicting the evolution of a particular product. They also use Timelines to analyse the history of machine evaluation.
High Tech companies leverage Timelines to schedule the phases of product development and manage project resources.
Analysts in the Energy & Utility sector track the history of electric power transmission or the stages of electricity production with Timelines.
In the Communication field, Timelines help managers to visualise and plan events.
Within the Public Sector, Timelines serve a similar purpose to a calendar, visualising upcoming dates of interest to assist with planning.
Life Science practitioners use Timelines to portray a sequence of events, like a DNA Timeline or a story in chronological order like a Timeline of human genetics and genomic technologies.
In Consumer Products, analysts could use the Timeline layout to illustrate a product roadmap in an easy-to-grasp visualisation.
Vizlib Story Timeline is a visualisation tool that allows you to display your data story in an easy-to-follow visual sequence. You can create epic Timelines in Qlik Sense to flick through the event markers or milestones of the story on your dashboard. And it incorporates the power of the associative Qlik Sense in-memory engine, so you have speed on your side.
Create winning stories with Vizlib Story Timelines features such as:
Stories breathe life into data. And you can make your data come alive! Learn more about Vizlib Story Timeline here.
And here are some examples of the Vizlib Story Timeline in action.
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