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Burak Akcakanat

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Google Map Time Machine

Like Frederic I was thinking about a google map time machine years ago. The idea was to upload maps and materials of historic places around the world by archeologs and related institutions.
So that, by just the selection of a time zone one may travel at the streets of ephesus, aztec pyramids or babylonian gardens...
Wouldnt that be crazy to have your simulated street view while you are in the middle of the ancient Rome on your iphone.

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  • Jan 19 2014: HistoryPin (http://www.historypin.com/) might be what some of you are looking for.

    From their FAQ:

    "Currently, Historypin is made up of photographic images, videos, audio clips and descriptive and narrative text.
    Photographic images can be pinned directly to the Historypin map by users. These images can be of any location - outdoors or indoors - at any time in the past.
    Some of these images, if they are taken outdoors, at street level and at certain angles, will be able to be layered onto Street View (this is a bonus, not a requirement).
    Audio and video content can be pinned to the map by users. These should be pinned to the location and date where they were recorded.

    Any kind of descriptive or narrative text can be added to images, audio or video."
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      Jan 20 2014: Yeap nice site. This whole site would constitue a layer of information on top of a birds eye geographical and city maps of choosen time.
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    Jan 14 2014: Having the historical street view in augmented reality would be an even more exiting experience.
    But be aware: don't run into the buildings that weren't there in the time period you're watching.;-)

    If the 3D reconstruction data would be open data it should not be so hard to do, but as far as I know most of it is not.
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    Jan 13 2014: Brilliant idea! What a way to have a walk in a city and see the history before your eyes!
  • Jan 24 2014: It would be the map version of the detested Wikileaks, essentially.
  • Jan 20 2014: For people who have absolutely nothing else to do. This puts TV to shame as the number 1 time waster of all time.
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    Jan 15 2014: oh want some return on investment?
    Accept advertisement around the popular historic events(time intervals) on the virtual billboards of the city:)
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    Jan 15 2014: OK; think of all city historians and archeologs are loading the material to an open google platform. It is like building the layers of history with a collective lego game.
    Contributors can add their maps, photographs to reconstruct the ancient cities and civilizations.
    As Ronald said augmnented reality can change the experience to a Jurassic Park or Ben Hur!
    One would see where Mozart or Balzac lived and made their happy hour...how was the city look liked at their times from street view.
    I guess possibilities are endless and strating from uploading the maps according to coordinates and time intervals should not be that difficult.
    • Jan 24 2014: This "open source history" is unacceptable. It goes against the agreed-upon history we are taught in school and undermines the formal education system and institutions we are taught to trust.
  • Jan 14 2014: It might not be a good idea.

    For instance Burak, I might not like to be reminded how the Bağdat Caddesi once looked, and how it's now changed. Only then to rekindle how I miss, in someways the way it was - like the old black dolmuş that once filled the streets and how they in their own way brought people together, not only in close proximity physically, but spiritually too, if only for the length of that journey. How you'd curse have to get in one, only to have feeling disappear soon after one boarded.

    Thinking in the future, would I like to look back and see that in the past that Çay or Simit were on the ferry every day, but are no longer, i think not.

    Sometimes the past is best left in either our memories, and in other cases to our gift of imagination.
    • Jan 24 2014: What about reviving the horors of war? Rewind Hiroshima before the ...