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.

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What's Here?

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:

If you already have coordinates or a digital mapping file, TLCMap is compatible with these common, standard mapping formats:

You should be able to export mapping information from another system in one of these formats, for import into TLCMap.

Add A Layer

Adding a layer to the Gazetteer of Historical Australian Places means you can:

You can add one or two places, or upload a file of thousands of records.

To add a layer:

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Create Layer

Upload Layer

Visualise Layer

See the GHAP Guide for more detailed instructions, including how to name columns in spreadsheets.

More Tools And Visualisations

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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:

Self Paced Course and FAQs

For an introduction to digital mapping in humanities, including some theory and practical examples try the TLCMap Mapping Course

More questions? Try the FAQs