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Why use maps?
"Maps are tools. They can get you from one place to another and help you visualize the surrounding area.
Maps are primary documents of our history, marking a point in time as it was seen.
Maps give context to stories, helping the reader to understand "where the story exists in space.
Maps simplify complicated information. Maps take complex data sets and display them in a pleasing graphic you can use to answer questions about your world."
Neatline allows scholars, students, and curators to tell stories with maps and timelines.
An online, easy to use tool for creating timelines. It publishes using TimelineJS.
TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines.
Build your own mapping portal and publish it to the world or to just a few collaborators. WorldMap is open source software.
Recogito provides a personal workspace where you can upload, collect and organize your source materials - texts, images and tabular data - and collaborate in their annotation and interpretation. Recogito helps you to make your work more visible on the Web more easily, and to expose the results of your research as Open Data.
StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events.
"Science maps serve as visual interfaces to immense amounts of data, depicting myriad objects in ways that allow us to effectively discern apparent outliers, clusters, and trends." - Places & Spaces
Timeline + Map Tools
TimeMapper is an open-source project of the Open Knowledge Foundation Labs for creating elegant timelines and maps.
VisualEyes is an HTML5 web-based authoring tool developed at the University of Virginia to weave images, maps, charts, video and data into highly interactive and compelling dynamic visualizations. VisualEyes enables scholars to present selected primary source materials and research findings while encouraging active inquiry and hands-on learning among general and targeted audiences.