In the Library of Congress's "America's Story" - a site are similar
to a number of education sites or cds-- i.e., they offer users a way
to search or view by geography, theme, or person. With this in mind......
We all familiar with direction maps through everything from Yahoo maps
to Mapquest.com to mapblast.com. Below I am just compiling a smattering
of other ways maps are used as location-based search engines or navigation
frameworks to look at (and sometimes contribute to) specific sets of
Lasoo.com is a fairly new location-based search engine -- very simple
but effective way to target a location. Very linear (has same limitations
as standard GIS interfaces - i.e. lists and boxy representations of
area). Lasoo also has solutions for pda's. Whitepaper in pdf format
is here: http://www.lasoo.net/asp/LASOO_API.pdf
Mirago's search engine for the U.K. also uses a super simple clickable
geomap of the U.K.
FOR TOURIST INFORMATION
Virtual Tourist uses simple but elegeant interactive maps for tourist
information (see Europe example below)
Planet's Online tourist info - interactive maps with super simple graphics
(all simple imagemaps) http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/
compressed timeline java applet map of Bay Area Rapid Transit shuttles
INFORMATION - SOCIAL, POLITICAL, GEOGRAPHICAL
The Degree Confluence Project is a non-profit global project whose goal
is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections
in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures and
stories are all posted on a web site that is volunteer-run. The personal
stories make this site a unique, growing assemblage yet the pages are
very very simple. This project is more than four years old. The cool
thing is that this is an incredible grassroots effort and you can search
by visitor and even get to their home pages or bios, by location, degrees
or random searches.
Conf Project: Interactive Confluence Maps
This interactive map shows is mosaic'd with images from the successfully
contacted locations (choose N. America or Europe view to see a close-up
of large clusters of these images. You can get to the "story pages"
by clicking the images. Click to the one lone pic on the bottom of the
world map to get to the geographic south pole. (this page includes vrml
3d globe views.
Interactive map showing greenhouse gas emissions 1999 projected to 2010.
Zoom in feature connected to statistics - super simple but effective)
Disasterrelief.org site for worldwide disaster relief information
This part of the site uses a clickable map of the world in an interesting
way so that the latest news stories on disaster events are linked straight
from an icon on the map. It is simply a regularly updated imagemap that
is diced up into changeable pieces. Again, simple, but effective.
The Earthview "Living Earth" that shows, using satellite imagery, the
day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth. Continuously
updated zoomable views of the earth.
The pannable Earth from the Sun or moon
above various cities such as Cairo, Egypt, London or San Francisco or
Albany NY (showing various times of day or night)
This graphically simple interactive globe of the Earth is shown as an
orthographic projection globe showing the daylight, twilight and night
zones. Users can, among other things, rotate the globe, zoom it and
display national borders.
Nationalatlas.gov is a governent site coming from the US Dept. of the
enhanced maps such as the Tapestry of Time and Terrain.
of Time and Terrain
Part of the National Atlas Govt. site... this iis a combination of geologic
and topographic maps where users explore American landscapes and the
agents that shaped them. Uses Flash and QuickTime plug-ins.
MAPS FOR HISTORY
This online companion to the Hyperhistory timelines uses the Synchronoptical
means 'Seeing at the same time'. The Synchronoptic Chart provides a
perspective of world historical events, and enables the reader to hold
simultaneously in mind of what was happening in widely separated parts
of the earth. Search the chart online by maps, people and events. http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html
list of interactive history maps consists mostly of jpgs but some
of the shockwave maps basically run interactive animations such as
the following two: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~atlas/europe/maps.html
expansion under Phillip and Alexander (about 500k) http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~atlas/europe/interactive/map23.html
of Christianity from the 2nd to the 4th centuries (173k) http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~atlas/europe/interactive/map31.html
here is an "animated map of Alexander's the Great's Odyssey"
in quicker to download animated gif version http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~stephan/Animation/alexander.html
of Congress's American Life Histories project
Clickable imagemap to search by state.. (super simple)
Interactive Timelines for History
Java-based visual timelines that you customize by search criteria -
name, date, year or description - java timelines come up auto-linked
to google search results for further research on web - WAY COOL)
by Martin Wattenberg
Each text in the Rhizome.org library is represented by a star in the
spiral-shaped timeline. The location of each star is determined by the
date on which it was added to the library. To use Spiral, mouse over
a dot on the timeline to view information about the corresponding text.
The right-hand side scroll bar to travel forward or backward in time.
This interface is particularly interestion because of its nonlinearity,
simplicity and its rollover text and its translucent scrollable text
Open Source Timeline 1973 to 2002 (simple linear bar verticle with
links but can be customized by user, event suggestion or search events)
interactive timeline of the Great War (simple, pix. text, linear)
History of the Universe Timeline
Still simple, linear but more graphically interesting.
Timeline of Evolution (5 mil years with viz changes from Ardipithecus
to homo sapiens, shockwave spawned browser linear and simple tree connections
view - not hyperbolic)
Timeline from New Perspectives of the West (simple frames/html left
hand time period)
Graphic flash hyperlinked timebar at top
Physical Society - A Century of Physics Timeline
Simple scrollable timebar at top -flash- search by decade or timebar.
Hill Online Learning Center Theatre Timelines
Shockwave spawned browser. very linear, not too graphic... seach by
location, year or time frame, linking theatre to culture and politics
- no pix or multi-media.
Book of the Month Club 70 year timeline
Super simple just html and dropdown box, explore by decade or
guided tour by theme.
History of Roller Coasters
Timeline Imagemap-super simple
History of Personal Computing 1876-2001
Flash spawned browser - nice graphics, sound included with intro too)
Jerusalem Archeological Park Interactive Timeline
Patrick showed this one at the meeting on Feb 13 - flash enabled, nice
visuals and sliding bars, still linear)
Time Group Timeline Page http://www.internettime.com/itimegroup/timelines.htm
linked from Internet Time Group page:
Timeline of Scientists
Walk Through Time - A NIST Physics Laboratory Presentation