Pastmapper, launched in December of 2011, is a platform for organizing data using the visual language of online maps to describe the world of the past. Beginning with online zoomable maps of 1853 and 1914 San Francisco, Pastmapper’s most recent efforts have focused on creating and exposing structured data from historical archives. Maps are rendered as georectified layers into Adobe Illustrator as individual zoom levels, exported to tiles using Maptiler, and displayed using the Google Maps API. Business listings are rendered using Google Fusion Tables and supported by a places database built using a modified implementation of Mediawiki.
Pastmapper is a project by Brad Thompson.
About Brad Thompson
Founder and Creator of Pastmapper
I am a dedicated problem-solver and a builder of things, and an experienced writer and marketer. I am interested in developing standards for organizing and displaying historical information. If you would like to discuss an opportunity to work together, please contact me at (brad at pastmapper dot com), or reach out to me on Twitter. If you work on mapping, mobile and web development, and/or technology applied to history, we should talk.