Hello, and Happy New Year everyone.
The project Artists lines http://artistlines.shift-space.co.uk/ is a great online interactive timeline linked to a map. I plot where artists/writers/theorists etc… lived over the years with latitude and longitude, the time period in years they lived there and some information/bio about them. Just slide the timer to go between years.
I thought it would be great to see where they moved, as place is quite important to artists of the past before the internet. They moved I primarily assumed to be part of a artist movement such as New York Abstract expressionists, Cubists of Paris… but as I was plotting the artist links of Marshall Macluhan, some artist had to move as they were conscripted to fight in wars. Reading their bio’s this not surprisingly influenced their research/making output and perspectives on life etc.
Anyhow, its a great tool, took a bit to customise and I want to have other interactions such as drop downs but from a free online example from the timemap website, I can remotely, from within a google doc spreadsheet, plot dates, coordinates, bio’s and not have to keep editing uploading to a server.
Inspired by www.carto.net/neumann/phd/prototype/ (works best in firefox or IE) & read his paper Spatial, temporal and thematic navigation: Neumann, Andreas, Publisher: ETH, http://e-collection.library.ethz.ch/view/eth:1744
Note, to run on your own server was a bit of faffing obtaining google maps v2 api keys, this helped http://www.technicaladvices.com/2012/03/19/generating-keys-for-google-maps-api-using-the-apis-console/
By the way, this is a great website http://timeline.verite.co/ where you can create timelines linked from google docs and you can integrate maps, video, sound cloud… and embed on-the-fly at your site, minimal coding. Copy-n-paste Lovely.