Stanford
AUGUST 27, 2014
Our Projects
Animation
DESCRIPTION:
The animation of historical events is a key way that we can intuitively express changes that happen over time and space. By using animation as a method, we are able to create synoptic views of often complex historical processes that play out in the landscape. While often simple in function, these animations often lead us to new understandings.

We use animation to show change three main ways:

1. Movement of people (slaves)
2. Locations of events in space over time (aru)
3. Unfolding of historical processes (sea level rise)


Explain each way...

Challenges
In designing animations using historical data, it is common to have incomplete, imprecise, or uncertain data. And even with clean datasets, often we only have two or three time slices in which to show change. We deal with these problems in several visual ways, but there are no simple ways to extrapolating or interpolating history; any introduction of visual effects needs to be done judiciously so as to not erroneously affect the interpretation of the story.

Additional Features:
Temporal re-expression - changing day,week, month. (yellow fever)
Aggregate time (prostitution)
Motion and movement (slaves)
Fading (pop density)
Symbology (lawyers)


Are animations effective?
While research is mixed about the cognitive benefits of interpreting maps in motion, they are an intuitive and appealing way of visualizing change over time.

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The Rise in the American Railway Union, 1893-1894
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Fire Vulnerability in the Oakland Hills: Linking Emergency and Policy Reponses to the 1991 Tunnel Fire
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The Slave Market in Rio de Janeiro: Movement, Context, and Social Experience
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Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1850: Scale, Time, and Space
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Tenement Housing in Rio de Janeiro, 1870s-1880s
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Distributions of Occupations, 1870
A History of Bay Area Open Space Conservation
A History of Bay Area Open Space Conservation
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When the Loss of a Finger is Considered a “Minor” Injury
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Critical Habitat
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Bay Area Conservation and Development
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Botanizing California
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From Salt Ponds to Refuge in San Francisco Bay
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Trail of Blood
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Building the New Order: 1938-1945
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Transcontinental Railroad Development, 1879-1893
Railroaded
Railroaded
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Lawyers in Rio de Janeiro: Movement in the City Center, 1860-1889
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Cattle Production in the American West, 1867-1935
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Colorado Railroad Accidents, July 1884 - June 1885
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Botanizing California, 1840-2008
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Jasper Ridge Bay Checkerspot Butterfly Populations, 1960-1998
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Per Capita Income in the United States: 1880-1910
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Rising seas flood a river valley and create San Francisco Bay
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Prostitution in Philadelphia: Arrests 1912-1918
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Vulnerability in Production: A case study of the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland, California
Memórias Póstumas: A Novel and a Network in Five Minutes
Memórias Póstumas: A Novel and a Network in Five Minutes
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The Evolution of the SS Concentration Camp System, 1933-1945
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Arrests of Italian Jews, 1943-1945
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Extinctions of Bay Checkerspot Butterfly Populations, 1960-2008
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Population Density in the United States from 1790 to 2000

Spatial History