Oct 28, 2010

Interactive Timelines using Timemap.js (via O'Reilly Radar)

I've been gathering information about interactive timelines and I'm happy to share a link to TimeMap, a Javascript library to help use Google Maps with a SIMILE timeline. Basically, TimeMap helps to display time series datasets on maps.

Timemap.js Examples

Here is the description of Timemap from the Google Code website:
"Timemap.js is a Javascript library to help use Google Maps with a SIMILE timeline. The library allows you to load one or more datasets in JSON, KML, or GeoRSS onto both a map and a timeline simultaneously. By default, only items in the visible range of the timeline are displayed on the map."

"This version includes several new features, including the ability to load arbitrary data elements using KML, GeoRSS, and Google Spreadsheets; a progressive loader to load data based on the timeline location; templating support for the map info window; improved code documentation; and more. See the changelog for more details.
If you like the code documentation style, you can also get the jsdoc template for use in your own projects."

Thanks to Nat Torkington, of O'Reilly Radar, for sharing this link.  Nat also shared a link to Google's website, Exploring Computational Thinking- "educational materials to help teachers get students thinking about recognizing patterns, decomposing problems, and so on."

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