Mapping – Open Access Tools

NYPL Map Warper

The NYPL Map Warper is a tool for digitally aligning (“rectifying”) historical maps from the New York Public Library’s collections to match today’s precise maps. Visitors can browse already rectified maps or assist the NYPL by aligning a map.

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Youtube – NYPL Warper Tutorial


Timeline is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS’s core functionality.

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Vimeo – How to use TimelineJS


Using myHistro, you can combine maps and timelines seamlessly into one great presentation, convert any public timeline into a personal pdf file, or export it into Google Earth format for offline storage. All completed timelines can be embedded into your blog and websites for maximum exposure. Watch and read thousands of fascinating timelines, or create your own. Complete with text, video and pictures to create a dynamic timeline mashup.

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Qmedia is a new tool developed at the University of Virginia that provides new ways to use video for instructional and scholarly purposes. We like to think of it as video, outside of the box. The viewer interacts with the whole screen and can see a wide array of web-based resources that offers a more immersive experience that adds context to support the video’s narrative.

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Vimeo – Maphub Demo Screencast


TimeMapper is an open-source project of Open Knowledge Foundation Labs where you can create elegant timelines and maps in seconds.

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Youtube – Make a TimeMap


MapScholar is an online platform for geospatial visualization funded by the NEH. It enables humanities and social science scholars to create digital “atlases” featuring high-resolution images of historic maps.

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Time Graphics

Time Graphics always aims to be the fastest, most modern and attractive way of creating timelines. Create timelines online and for free to help you with your research or business.

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