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Temporal Earth

Goal: Develop a platform for visualising history across all timescales. Foundational content for Australia includes convict ships, exploration, spread of European settlement, gold rush, telegraph network, railways, air routes. Further content layers include historical photographs tagged to their location and date, biographical 'life-paths' and key events. The timeline is scaleable to view events in greater detail, or zoom out to see the archaeological and geological timescales.

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The Battle of Guadalcanal was a watershed moment in the Pacific Theatre, with battles waged across land, air and sea between August 7, 1942 and February 8, 1943. The history of the conflict is well covered through military documents, personal diaries, biographies, historical photographs, media coverage and documentaries. So there is no lack of information when it comes to documenting events and artefacts be it for tourism, education or cultural heritage management. The problem is, how does one represent all the complexities that a historical battleeeld entails? We have used Google Earth and its authoring language, KML, to produce a multi-resolution historical narrative in both space and time. One timescale shows the major events throughout the wartime campaign, and further narrative items can be weaved into this spatio-temporal context, including photographs, war journals, and histories. After the cessation of the campaign, some battlefield sites and surviving artefacts of war can transition from military to heritage significance, thus a second use of spatio-temporal visualisation is tracking these elements through time.
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Develop a platform for visualising history across all timescales. Foundational content for Australia includes convict ships, exploration, spread of European settlement, gold rush, telegraph network, railways, air routes. Further content layers include historical photographs tagged to their location and date, biographical 'life-paths' and key events. The timeline is scaleable to view events in greater detail, or zoom out to see the archaeological and geological timescales.