Author Archives: Matthew Coller

About Matthew Coller

My PhD project investigates methods to visualise the ancient past, on all timescales: historical, archaeological and geological. I am following the visualisation principles of the “Digital Earth System”, best known through their implementation in GoogleEarth. My project asks what we might see if we could take GoogleEarth back through a time-warp: ‘satellite’ images of ancient coastlines, archaeological sites and reconstructions, empires growing and declining, the loci of historical figures on their journeys through time. So far I have developed a spatio-temporal visualisation prototype showing the ancient Australasian continent through time, with a zoomable timeline and a vast array of content visualisations. There is tremendous potential to express the ‘time and place’ aspects of humanities topics such as history and archaeology.

Merging space and time – in GoogleEarth and ‘TemporalEarth’

History and archaeology are intimately connected with questions of what happened “where” and “when”, but traditional paper-based representations (eg. maps and timelines) are quite restrictive in what they can represent. I’m interested in sharing skills and ideas with others on … Continue reading

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