Sunday, April 03, 2016

Mapping the Murrumbidgee River


The Murrumbidgee River is the second longest river in Australia. In fact it's long enough to deserve its own art exhibition. 'Drifter' was an installation created by Mitchell Whitelaw for the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. The exhibition is now over but you can view an interactive version of the 'Drifter' map online.

Drifter presents a mapped view of the Murrumbidgee river system overlaid with historical newspaper articles about the river and thousands of scientific observations about the nonhuman life of the river. It also contains lots of sound recordings of frogs.

The map was created with Leaflet.js and the National Library of Australia's Trove API. If you select a newspaper article on the map you can click through to view details from the Trove API. You can also select the frog labels to view details about the recording and learn more about the species of frog.
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