DH: Palladio Maps

palladio map 1

Map 1 & process:

The Map above was made in “Palladio” using the “Cushman-Collection” data set. I did need to clean the data set a little in order for Palladio to read it correctly. Palladio would not recognize the way the Cushman-Collection’s dates were formatted. The Cushman-Collection added a time stamp in the data “T00:00:00Z” and Palladio would not recognize it as a yyyy/dd/mm date. After going into the data and getting rid of all the time stamps Palladio can not recognize the dates and can create a map. After loading in the data I went to the maps tab and inserted a layer. There I went to Places and selected Geo-coordinates, and selected a color. Then I went to the Tiles tab and selected a map layout. After creating the map I went to timeline and selected a time interval. This time interval makes  the map show only pictures taken within that period. Using this tool can help make the map more useful at a glace because it won’t be as cluttered. The above map has a terrain background/Tile and the red point on the map show photographs taken between 1946 and 1952.

Map 2:

The map bellow was also made in “Palladio” using the Cushman-Collection data set. The map has a satellite background and the blue points on the map show photographs taken from 1952 onward (till the end date of the collection).

Palladio map 2

Limitations of Palladio:

These maps highlight the relative location of where these photographs were taken but the map does not show state boundaries. When highlighting the dots you can see the state and city that the certain picture was taken but you can only see this when viewing the map in the site. We are not able to see the picture when highlighting the dots only the URL. So creating a really customized map with this tool is quite hard. Editing the data for the site was not very difficult but utilizing the data to create an effective map is a little difficult. Not being able to embed the maps created by Palladio limits the usefulness of this tool. I think Palladio gets a lot of it’s usefulness from being able to interact with the map and not just look at it.

Useful visual tools or Palladio:

I think Palladio can create an effective map when the using the point to point option along with the size points tool. The point to point tool can show relationships between different points on the map using lines to connect them. The size points tool enlarges the dots on maps depending on the quantity of photographs at a certain location. This visual could be very useful as a visual tool as long as you don’t clutter too many points together. The tiles “Street” and “Satellite” are useful when looking at one specific point, unfortunately I was not able to have both those up at the same time which could be very useful depending on what your data is.

Spacial History:

In terms of Spacial history I don’t think that Palladio would be a useful tool because if you are not able to interact with the map you just have a picture. Not being able to see what the map is showing without a written explanation does not help show the viewer anything new.

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