Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mapped Time-Line Libraries

TimeMapper is an open-sourced map time-line creation tool that uses the TimelineJS library. To create a mapped time-line with TimeMapper you need to create a Google Spreadsheet (containing your dates and locations) and connect the spreadsheet to TimeMapper.

The resulting mapped time-line integrates a Leaflet map, a TimelineJS time-line and your data. Users can click on interactive elements in the time-line or markers on the map to navigate through the data or they can navigate chronologically through the data using the data window view.

MyHistro is a tool for creating interactive Google Maps based time-lines.

Using myHistro it is possible to create a mapped time-line of any subject. A time-line can be of pictures and places you visited on your last vacation, the life of Marilyn Monroe, an account of battles in the American Civil War or anything else that you want to map.

Completed time-lines can be navigated by clicking on the time-line (positioned above the map) or by clicking on individual map markers. Each time-line map can also be viewed as a chronological animation by using the playback controls. 

Timemap is a JavaScript library to help add a SIMILE time-line to an online map, including Google Maps. The library includes a number of sample maps that show how you can use the SIMILE time-line with Google Maps.

The library includes some demonstration maps created using Timemap. For example, the Temporal Heatmap from a Google Spreadsheet example is a map with markers that are sized on the map according to a data point in a spreadsheet. It is a great template for showing expanding and shrinking data points over time. In the example map the markers show cumulative deaths from asbestosis and silicosis in Texas over time.

Time-Map is a similarly named Javascript library for Google Maps that adds a fully functioning time-line to a Google Map. The time-line element includes three different time sliders that allows the user to change the year, month or day. As the user drags the time-line the markers are automatically updated on the map.

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