Tierra Plan developed a unique interactive mapping project called the Story of Us (SoU) for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. SoU is an interactive exhibit at the museum that brings past landscapes alive and makes the connections that tell the story of the shaping of the city. The interface is deployed on two large 55 inch touch enabled displays in the museum, and is available online as a web based virtual exhibit that anyone can access. We built this application to work on devises ranging from large touch enable digital displays, to personal computers, and mobile devices. This required creative design and careful development to make map interfaces that honor both touch and mouse events.
Users select from a variety of historical themes from an A to Z menu. Each theme opens on a web map loaded with a variety of data including time-enabled layers, geo animations, historical maps, historic street photos alongside contemporary street views, virtual realities portraying historical and geographical change, and multiple types of digital media. The public can suggest edits or new contributions through a crowd sourcing interface called “You” so the project will grow in perpetuity with new content
We also created a simple web map with a collection of historical maps called Digital Deep
Map. We scanned, georectified and tiled over 25 historic maps and aerial imagery, created a database and a responsive web interface where users can explore the maps using a timeline control.