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Berlin travels back in time with Shoothill’s TimeMap
History buffs can now travel back in time to see how Berlin’s landscape has changed over the past century, thanks to a fascinating piece of software which overlays historical maps with those of the present day on a live Bing Maps platform
By: Shoothill Ltd
Built entirely in Microsoft Silverlight, the unique TimeMap application, created by online mapping experts Shoothill, features four compelling maps from unique points in Berlin’s rich history, overlaid onto a present-day Bing Map.
TimeMap Berlin (or Berlin ZeitKarte) has two novel features: a clever TimeScope facility which allows Users to move around the map and zoom into individual areas, and a TimeSlider tool which enables them to select the dates of maps they’d like to view.
The map was custom-built by Shoothill in partnership with alt-berlin.info, an archive of maps, and Culture to go GbR, an agency for mobile information, and will form an important part of their study and educational services.
Rod Plummer, Managing Director of Shoothill, said: “We were thrilled to ask to produce the Berlin TimeMap for Culture to go as it’s a great counterpart to what we’ve already done with our Shrewsbury and London TimeMaps on ASP.Net, but the chance to do it in Silverlight meant we could enhance the Berlin version significantly.
“This offers people a new way of looking at the past and comparing how a city’s landscape has changed over time.”
TimeMap Berlin features maps of the city from 1869; the Bismarck era, through to 1893 and the years of industrialisation under the German Empire, to 1926 following the unification of dozens of villages and suburbs around the city, and subsequently 1957; the Cold War era.
Shoothill are keen to built similar versions of TimeMap Berlin for other major towns and cities around the world and are currently looking for partners within the tourism sector to help them achieve this.
To find out more, email TimeMap@Shoothill.com or visit www.shoothill.com
Please note that these maps are intended for study purposes only and are not to be used for commercial purposes. Their use is strictly limited. Any further use, including copying and printing of parts or details from the map, requires written approval of Mirko Tamkus at alt-berlin.info.
Notes to Editors:
Shoothill are a Microsoft software development firm based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, specialising in mapping systems, data visualisation and bespoke software solutions.
Certified to Microsoft Gold Partner level, they work with various Microsoft platforms from Bing Maps to Silverlight and PhotoSynth to create interactive, educational applications for a diverse range of clients.
For all media about Shoothill, as well as quotes, images and demos, please contact Lara Page, Marketing Manager, on Lara.Page@Shoothill.com or call 0845 421 0396.
Visit www.shoothill.com for more information.
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