MapHack uses an array of intelligent algorithms, bots and technologies to "automagially" map out the State Libraries archives on a map of Australia giving users the ability to research Australian history visially. Built from the ground up, the MapHack bots go to work by extracting archives from the State Library and mashes them with geospacial locations and then finally automatically plots them on a Map. The idea is to give users the ability to visially explore Australian history throughout time. This can be scaled up and further mashed with other datasets.
- Mapbox GL
- Jquery, lightbox
- Google geocoding
- NSW state library image archive
- C#, ASP.NET MVC
- Azure for hosting
After visially observing the archives by geo location it was noted that many of the archives were concentrated around Parramatta and Sydney (some of Australias oldest cities). It was also interesting to note how the Australian population has migrated and changed over time.
Where to from here:
Due to time contstraints the slider and filter were not fully functional, however the idea was to filter archives based on year, event or person. This would provide a powerful medium for users to research their family history or used for a School project etc.