Even though I am taking History and Cartography hand and hand with Clio one this semester, this week was harder than I thought it would be. I am still struggling with Storymap. It just doesn’t seem to want to do what I want it to, depending on how busy I get at work tomorrow during the day I may try it again. I have tried at least 4 different times with little success. I feel like I am missing one key component, and once I get that in place it will all fall in place. Map Warper hasn’t carried over the way I wanted it to, but once I had it working I could see the value in overlaying historical maps on modern day maps. I wish I had more spacial points for my project. I could see myself using it for the cartography class where my project shows the evolution of postal routes and zip codes.
CartoDB was a great tool. Putting all of my data in to a spreadsheet and then mapping the data to where it needs to go gave me the exact result I was looking for. I could see so many applications for it, especially for museum work. Mapping where an artifact has been or how many people have visited the museum from where. As I said in my last post I wish I had more time to create data points.
Maps are important in history, and they are especially efficient at engaging the public in historical projects. These tools we worked with this week may not be relevant to all of our projects, but I am certain we will all be glad to have them in our tool kit in the future.