Spatial & Temporal Data & Visualizations

The list of tools below is organized alphabetically, and it represents a selection of the resources available to Digital Humanists. Many of these tools are actively updated, so please contact the DH@Bucknell Web Team if you find any outdated information or if you would like to suggest additional tools or software.

Bucknell University has site licenses and provides faculty, staff, and students with access to and support for a number of these tools; tools for which this is the case have “BU access” listed under pricing.


ArcGIS Online

Part of the Esri Geospatial Cloud, ArcGIS Online enables you to connect people, locations, and data using interactive maps. With ArcGIS Online, you can easily create maps, share and collaborate on your projects, and analyze your geospatial data.

Details

Website: https://www.arcgis.com/index.html
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers; BU access


Carto

Carto is a location intelligence platform that assists with data enrichment, analysis, visualization, and integration.

Details

Website: https://carto.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers


Chronos Timeline

HyperStudio’s Chronos Timeline is designed specifically for needs in the humanities and social sciences to represent time-based data. Chronos allows scholars and students to dynamically present historical data in a flexible online environment. Switching easily between vertical and horizontal orientations, researchers can quickly scan large number of events, highlight and filter events based on subject matter or tags, and recontextualize historical data.

Details

Website: http://hyperstudio.mit.edu/software/chronos-timeline/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Free


GeoNode

GeoNode is a web-based application and platform for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) and for deploying spatial data infrastructures (SDI). It is designed to be extended and modified, and can be integrated into existing platforms.

Details

Website: http://geonode.org/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? OSS
Pricing: Free


Leaflet

Leaflet is an open-source JavaScript library designed for mobile-friendly interactive maps. Leaflet is designed with simplicity, performance and usability in mind. It works efficiently across all major desktop and mobile platforms, can be extended with lots of plugins, has an easy to use and well-documented API and a simple, readable source code.

Details

Website: https://leafletjs.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? OSS
Pricing: Free


MapAList

MapAList is a wizard for creating and managing customized Google maps of address lists. MapAList pulls addresses from your Google Sheets, and when you modify addresses in Google Sheets, the map automatically updates to show the new location.

Details

Website: https://mapalist.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Free (limited) account; pricing tiers


Mapbox

Mapbox is a live location platform designed to help you build apps with location data. With Mapbox, you can embed extensible, custom maps, location search, and turn by turn directions into your app. Mapbox also has an augmented reality (AR) feature that enables you to use location data to map 3D, virtual images onto the physical world.

Details

Website: https://www.mapbox.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Free (basic) account; pricing tiers


Neatline

Neatline allows scholars, students, and curators to tell stories with maps and timelines. As a suite of add-on tools for Omeka, it opens new possibilities for hand-crafted, interactive spatial and temporal interpretation. Neatline lets you make hand-crafted, interactive stories as interpretive expressions of a single document or a whole archival or cultural heritage collection. You can import these documents (georeferenced historical maps, manuscripts, high-res photographs, etc.) from an existing collection, or create a new digital archive, yourself.

Details

Website: https://neatline.org/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? OSS
Pricing: Free; BU access


Preceden

Preceden is a simple yet powerful timeline maker that helps you quickly create great looking timelines. Preceden offers an intuitive web-based interface, numerous export options, and more.

Details

Website: https://www.preceden.com/?utm_source=timeglider&utm_campaign=homepage
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Free (basic) account; pricing tiers


QGIS

QGIS is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.

Details

Website: https://www.qgis.org/en/site/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? OSS
Pricing: Free


StoryMapJS

StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. You can add text and images to your StoryMap.

Details

Website: https://storymap.knightlab.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? OSS
Pricing: Free


TimeLineJS

TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS’s core functionality.

Details

Website: https://timeline.knightlab.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? OSS
Pricing: Free


TimeMapper

TimeMapper allows you to create elegant timelines and maps easily by integrating TimeMapper with your data on a Google Spreadsheet. You can then customize and publish your map.

Details

Website: http://timemapper.okfnlabs.org/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? OSS
Pricing: Free


TimeToast

Timetoast lets you create interactive timelines in both horizontal and list modes. With Timetoast, you can zoom and pan your timeline, add images, and share your results. Timelines on Timetoast also automatically adapt to any screen size.

Details

Website: https://www.timetoast.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers

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