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The TimeMap Project at the University of Sydney develops methods of handling distributed spatio-temporal data including interactive web mapping and data-generated map animation.

Web site: [1]

The project's products include a metadata system for describing time-stamped datasets, a metadata clearinghouse for indexing internet-accessible datasets (eg. the ECAI clearinghouse at [2]), a spatial data server for distributed datasets (TMJava server - also supports OGC WMS), a time-enabled interactive mapping applet (TMJava client), a Windows tool for creating and publishing metadata and map layouts (TMWin), and live generation of map animations in Macromedia Flash. A Flash web client is also under development.

From the web site:

TimeMap TMJava is a novel mapping applet which generates complete interactive maps with a few simple lines of html. It provides a way of easily enriching web pages with historical or contemporary information that goes far beyond static jpg map images. It's easy for beginners, yet provides completely customisable power and distributed backend database connectivity for the expert. It's free for personal use.

TimeMap's unique time-handling provides an engaging and intuitive method of delivering historical, community, government, research and business information. Combining mapping and the time dimension gives new ways of visualising urban growth, the spread of empires, heritage sites, environmental change, weather patterns, traffic flow, earthquakes, mobile network faults, and much more ― ranging in time scale from millions of years to seconds.

TimeMap time-filters and animates maps on the fly, connects to datasets anywhere on the web and can search for and load thousands of local maps dynamically as you zoom and pan. TimeMap can filter huge datasets server-side and download only the data needed, or work standalone off a CD. It adapts legends dynamically as scale changes and generates hyperlinks on-the-fly between objects on the map and web pages, and is completely customisable with XML. Yet the applet weighs in at only 350K!

TimeMap's Windows tool, TMWin, allows you to build and publish interactive maps on your web site without any programming skills. You can use your own data or map data from the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative's (www.ecai.org) data clearinghouse.

For advanced users TimeMap can be extensively customised with XML and JavaScript. TMJava source code is available to members of the TimeMap Open Source Consortium (see under Community).

The TimeMap project team provides rapid response support to all levels of user, from neophyte to IT professional, as well as a full range of custom database and TimeMap programming services.

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