Information timeline

Information timeline

Information is created - here is how it is generated and used.

Hours to days

Information about a current event or idea is distributed through mass media such as newspapers, websites, television, and radio.

Days to weeks to months

As more information is collected, documentaries may be made, or articles published in popular press and online, such as in magazines aimed at the general public.

  • Lacayo, R. (2002) The battle for Ground Zero. Time. [Online] 159 (21), 36. Available from:,9171,1002501,00.html [Accessed 13th March 2007]


Significant events and ideas may be further explored in scholarly publications such as research journals, or discussed at conferences.

  • Newland, D.E. and Cebon, D. (2002) Could the World Trade Center have been modified to prevent its collapse? Journal of Engineering Mechanics. 128 (7) pp. 795-800
  • Tamaro, G.J. (2002) Recovery efforts at the World Trade Center “Bathtub”, In: 9thInternational Conference on Piling and Deep Foundations, Nice, June 2002, pp. 689-694. Hawthorne, NJ, Deep Foundations Institute.

Discussion and analysis of events and ideas may be published in a book several years after their happening.

  • Sorkin, M. & Zukin, S., eds. (2002) After the World Trade Center: rethinking New York City. New York, Routledge.
  • Meyerowitz, J. (2006) Aftermath: World Trade Centre archive. London, Phaidon Press.
Years and years

A summary of an event, including its background and aftermath, and pertinent facts, may be published in reference material, such as an encyclopaedia.


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