Visualizing Time & Place with GoogleEarth

How can GoogleEarth maps be used to the best effect in digital archive projects? Amy Giroux and I would like to continue the discussion on the use of digital mapping as a conversational feature in interactive digital archives. We have each employed GE map overlays to enhance our archive projects, employing the layering properties and tour feature with the intent of generating comments and feedback from site visitors, as well as providing visual guide points for historic processes (i.e., population and demographic changes over time, land use changes, etc.).

We are interested in hearing what others have experienced, and in exploring the opportunities and limits of this technology as a generative feature in interactive archives.

Categories: Archives, Mapping, Session: Talk, Visualization |

About Marcy Galbreath

I am a native Floridian, hailing from the small farming community of Samsula, Florida. I received my PhD in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida in 2014. I hold an M.A. in English, Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies from UCF (2010), and BAs in English and Fine Art from Flagler College, St. Augustine (1993). My research interests include rhetoric in science and nature writing, communication of human-nature relationships in agricultural and environmental issues, and environmental and science communication in digital media contexts. As part of my dissertation project, I created a community history archive, the Samsula Historical Archive Community Project ( as a way of exploring some of these ideas. I currently teach Composition II and Writing about Science & Technology at UCF.

1 Response to Visualizing Time & Place with GoogleEarth

  1. It would be really nice to give folks an opportunity to use Google Earth if they haven’t yet. I wonder if this could be in the computer lab? Great session; there’s so much added value in exploring these questions. Thanks for proposing it!

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