TLCMap is a set of tools that work together for mapping Australian history and culture. We are developing systems for humanities researchers and community to build maps for different purposes, which can be shared, combined, searched and visualised in different ways, from finding places in texts, to representing indigenous knowledge, to statistical analysis of spatiotemporal data, to journey animations.
Choose, 'fuzzy', 'contains' or 'exact' and search.
Select 'Gazetteer' to search placenames in the ANPS aggregated gazetteer of state and historical place names, and/or 'Layers' to search within community contributed layers.
Use the 'Map Viewer' drop down to view results in different ways.
Click the 'Layer' for each result to see where it came from and what else is in that layer.
To ask "What's here?" Draw a shape on the map and click the search button to find anything in any TLCMap layer there.
You can combine searches and filters. Eg: you can search for 'Mayfield' within a circle.
Click 'Advanced Search' to apply other filters to your search. Not that this depends on items in the database being tagged with this information and it is not in all cases. Eg: if you select LGA you won't necessarily get everything within the LGA, unless it has been marked. If you select the feature term 'mountain' you will only find mountains that have been flagged as such.
Get Coordinates To Create Map Layers
To create a digital map you need coordinates. There are many tools to create digital maps and map layers and to get coordinates to associate with whatever you are trying to map. There are already existing GIS systems to create advanced maps which are often complicated or require an expert. Two easy ways to get coordinates are:
TLMCap Quick Coordinates: create a table or import a spreadsheet that you already have, and click the map to add coordinates to it. This includes a search for many Australian placenames that can't be found in Google.
Google Earth: create a layer to put points and information on a map, and export or save it as a KML file.
If you already have coordinates or a digital mapping file, TLCMap is compatible with these common, standard mapping formats:
CSV: a simple spreadsheet format. Many people get started by adding a latitude and longitude column to a spreadsheet. You can save an Excel spreadsheet as a CSV file.
KML: an XML standard created by Google but now widely used. Google Earth or Google My Maps is an easy way to get started making a map. You can save or export them as KML files.
GeoJSON: GeoJSON is another standard format popular with software developers, and independant of Google.
You should be able to export mapping information from another system in one of these formats, for import into TLCMap.
contribute to the deeper meaning of places and people's knowledge of culture
create interesting and interactive map visualisations
share you maps on the web
gain new insights into research through visualisation and analysis
You can add one or two places, or upload a file of thousands of records.
To add a layer:
Create A Login
Click 'Login' at the top right, 'Register to set up a login' and enter the details.
Follow the instructions in the email confirmation. (Check your spam, clutter or trash folders if you don't see the email).
If you do not recieve any email messages they may be blocked by your organisations spam catcher. You may recieve a report a day or so later summarising which emails were blocked and enabling you to permit them. You may need to add the address firstname.lastname@example.org to your email whitelist, or your organisation's whitelist. Search the web for how to add an address to a whitelist for the particular email system you are using (eg: Outlook, GMail, etc). If you have been disconnected in the mean time, you can always try password reset, which again will send you an email, then when you try to access functionality, you can ask it to resend the email confirmation link.
Click 'Login' at the top right and login.
Click 'Create Layer', and fill in the details. Only a 'Title' and 'Description' are required.
When the layer is created you can add information to it in two ways.
Click 'Add To Layer' to add records one at a time. This might be useful if you just want to quickly add a couple of things.
Click 'Import From File' to upload a CSV, KML or GeoJSON file. You can save a spreadsheet as a 'CSV' file. It must have a 'title' or 'placename' column, and a column each for 'latitude' and 'longitude'. Other columns are recommended, or optional.
Choose a viewing option from 'Map Viewer'.
Copy the URL from the address bar of your browser to share the layer, a record within it, or a visualisation of it.
See the GHAP Guide for more detailed instructions, including how to name columns in spreadsheets.
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Research and development is ongoing through many iterations. For humanities mapping needs development is at very different stages. Some things are already well developed but need some tweaking or just need an interface to make it easy for non experts. Timelines for example are available in most mapping systems, but don't handle historic dates well. While others, like handling cycles and mapping within and across multi-media we need to develop basic prototypes for.
We are also developing tools at various stages to structure and visualise time and space in different ways for Humanities. Prioritisation is driven by feasibility and user needs. Some of the things we'll be working on in the coming months and years (pending funding) include:
Migration of people and things
Finding place names in texts and mapping them
Mapping images and media
Integration with institutional collections
Self Paced Course and FAQs
For an introduction to digital mapping in humanities, including some theory and practical examples try the
TLCMap Mapping Course