17 August 2010

BBC Dimensions (Prototype) Mapping

BBC Dimensions (Prototype) Mapping

BBC Dimensions is an experimental prototype for the BBC. We want to bring home the human scale of events and places in history. The D-Day landing beaches measured from London to Norfolk in the UK. How far would the Titanic stretch down your street?

"Dimensions simply juxtaposes (side by side) the size of historical events with your home and neighbourhood, overlaying important places, events and things on a satellite view of where you live. Certain "Dimensions" can be transformed into short walks, so you can get a physical appreciation of the distances involved."

BBC Dimensions howbigreally map
Use your Postcode or Town to recenter the map and see in scale terms historical events with this map tool.

How do you make the Dimensions maps?

We've built a system that can quickly take scale illustrations of historical events and superimpose them on zoomable, clickable maps. Information designers at the BBC research and produce these illustrations based on a range of library and on-line resources to make them as accurate as possible. If you think it got something wrong, get in touch. http://howbigreally.com/contact/

BBC Dimensions example maps

More Examples of events across the globe are available.

Can I make a Dimensions map?

The BBC hope to open up the ability to create Dimensions maps in a future version, so that local historians, experts and enthusiasts can use it as a tool for communicating what they know.

What's next for Dimensions?

BBC will evaluate the prototype based on your feedback, and hopefully integrate it into the BBC's online history and news coverage

Try the BBC Dimensions (Prototype) Mapping


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