assignment

Marion Smeltzer
History 481
Assignment: List two subjects from Digital History course that would be of interest to new students.

1- Time Map
http://www.timemap.net/
Time map is an open free source web mapping application that can be used to make interactive maps. Time maps have been used to give a better understanding of archaeological, historical, urban growth, environmental changes weather patterns and other aspects where data and information is merged to show the perspective of effects through time with a series of maps and or pictures.

Some examples of Timemaps are found at:
http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie.html

Here you will see an animated Atlas of the growth of our nation starting from the original 13 states in 1789 and through a series of animated screens the viewer can see and hear what has taken place in history up to the year 2000.

http://www.archaeology.org/interactive/sagalassos/map.html

At the archaeology’s interactive dig site you can click on the site map of Sagalassos and zoom into areas previously excavated by way of Google Earth.

http://www.ecotippingpoints.org/our-stories/indepth/usa-envision-utah-regional-planning-community-participation.html
In Appendex B shows a series of maps with combined data for comparison of Urban Sprawl and the Quality Growth in the Salt Lake City. It starts with the new land development, followed by re-development of the existing urban land, and then a series of comparison maps with transportation corridors.

http://www.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/
At this site a user can type in their location information above the map and see there are from a road or satellite view, see other points of interest close by, traffic reports, current weather in their area, past weather conditions and future forecast.
For additional information go to: http://www.timemap.net/tm/documents/publications/200408_geoinformatics.pdf

2- 3d for History.
One form of technology that has given us more advantages to see historical places and artifacts, in somewhat size accurate proportions are 3D images. Through 3D imagery you can get a sense of the size and shape of things from your screen, have the ability to manipulate your view from different sides and angles, and get a better perspective of the area in general. Unlike the former 2d images that were flat the 3D aspect gives a feel for actually being there in that location.
Some examples of 3d imagery for History are :

1: Google earth.
http://earth.google.com/tour.html#v=3
Google earth has a vast selection of historically related areas to tour with 3d buildings and other helpful visuals.
In the section listed as Historical Objects, the file contains other categories such as Pyramids, Megality, and ancient cities, some areas marked with the location of objects with its corresponding information such as Wassu Stone Circles.

2: Heritage Key
http://heritage-key.com/category/tags/middle-east

There is a section on the top of the home page that has “Virtual Experience”, with instructions on how to make an account and down loading the program.
After installing is completed you can make an aviator and go back in time to the life of Pharos. Through a series of places you can find four clay tablets containing clues to a plot against the royal court, as well as who in the household to tell about it, do battle on a Nile river raft, either against a friend, or against the river gods, or inter act in other educational geared challenges throughout the complex.
3: Second life
http://secondlife.com/?v=1.1

Second Life (SL) is a virtual world developed by Linden Lab that launched on June 23, 2003, and is accessible on the Internet. As with Heritage key you must first make an account, download the program, and create an avatar, before exploring other areas.
Among the historical related sims are: Arizona Canyons, Avalion, The 1920s Berlin Project, Deadwood 1876, IUP’s Archaeology Island, ROMA SPQR, Utah Territory, Western Prairie, Salt Lake City, Utah - 1866, Utah, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, historical museum and experience, Royal Court of Spain around 1771, Kingdom of Great Britain, and Georgian England Royal Court, around 1770.
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