Reading Response 9/12

I have worked previously with Google Earth and KML files using overlays, creating paths, and contrasting information using maps for resource issues. The adaptation of this spatial software and georeferencing for historical information is clever. Incorporating GIS allows the user to experience history from a all-inclusive geographical, planimetric, and historical perspective and visually isolate variables in our quest for understanding and the truth.

The difference in output between TimeLine.JS and StoryMap.JS is farily obvious according to the article (spatial versus temporal analysis). However, I was confused by the output and would need a youtube tutorial to better understanding the uniqueness and creativity of the TimeMapper and TimeSetter programs. One word: interesting.

The articles on data visualizations put emphasis on the identification of patterns (historical, geographical, etc.) during the design process. Despite the article, Visualize This, being written by an Electical Engineering Graduate, this emphasis outlines an important concept taught in our college history curriculum: identify trends and patterns to better relate historical events to current issues. We call this “Why is this important today?” Sounds like all we need to do is remember the methodology that we have been taught, use creativity to adapt technology to visualize history, and we will capture the audience’s attention. Easy enough.

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