The Time-Layered Cultural Map platform (TLCMap) is a software ecosystem meeting the digital mapping needs of humanities and social science researchers, from beginner to advanced. Two key features are the capacity to view changes in cultural data over time and the use of deep maps which combine multiple layers of data to visualise patterns and relationships in complex spatio-temporal and cultural materials.
While there are well-developed stand-alone data archives for social and cultural research in Australia, the current TLCMap is unique in offering the means to visualise and interrogate historical and cultural data organised through spatio-temporal coordinates. It serves humanities and social science researchers who are interested in using spatio-temporal data, but are held back by their lack of spatial and digital data skills. The TLC Map 2.0 project will enhance the platform through improved connectivity to external platforms and archives such as the Historical and Colonial Census Data Archive, AusStage, The Prosecution Project, and national place name authorities. New features in the handling of spatial and temporal data will be added such as a Map Finder index of all points in all registered data sets, a Quick Coordinates ‘KML from CSV’ tool, and a Map to Text tool.
TLCMap 2.0 will be a no-code or low-code ‘data fusion’ platform allowing researchers to connect to multiple data sources; use pre-existing or custom-made spatio-temporal tools to analyse and visualise data with minimal programming knowledge; export results to standard analytics tools; and enrich data sources with spatio-temporal tags. It will further lower the barrier to entry for humanities and social science researchers through better pathways in the website, adding tutorials and documentation, and new features.
Who is this project for?
- Research organisations
- Government (state and commonwealth)
- General Public
What does this project enable?
The TLC Map 2.0 will update the Time-Layered Cultural Map of Australia to make it easier to create and find humanities information based on place and time, improving the understanding of the history and meaning of places in Australia.