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Historypin is a web application developed this year by “We Are What We Do,” a non-profit organization based in London, England. It allows one to “pin” historical photos (or video and audio clips) on a map, associate stories with the images, and assemble collections by theme or map-based tours. The unique feature of Historypin is the ability to use Google StreetView to accurately locate and frame the historical image. This allows one to fade back and forth between the historic and current landscape. When photos, video, and audio for a neighborhood or landscape are annotated with stories and assembled into a collection or tour, the result is a narrative that bridges historic and current events.

The latest addition is a mobile application that runs on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.). The app allows you to explore locations and collections, as well as take and post photos. The coolest feature is Cam View, which allows you to stand in the same location that a historic photo was taken, look through the camera, and drag your finger up and down on the screen to fade back and forth from the historic photo to the current view. You can also take a current photo and send it in as a “modern replica.”

Historypin is a wonderful example of the latest that Web 2.0 technology can provide for developing narratives of place.


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Scribble Maps You know how when presenting in a webinar, you can use the pen tool to scribble on top of your slides to help make your point. Scribble Maps works like that, only you draw on top of a map. The real strengths of Scribble Maps are in data creation and sharing. The ability to freehand draw makes the creation process much easier for simple maps. It is very easy to place new points, lines, shapes, text and images on the map and use the search tool to discover and add new features. The resulting maps can be exported and shared in several ways, including by email and Facebook, and as images, Google Earth KML files, and GPX files for GPS devices. Here is a quick Scribble Map to show the location of six panorama photos for the Great Lakes coasts of Wisconsin.

Here is a Scribble Maps tutorial that Wisconsin Sea Grant put together for a Great Lakes Observing System mapping workshop. Scribble Maps also has a Pro version — here is a more detailed review of Scribble Maps Pro by Eva Dodsworth at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

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