Week 8: Maps and Timelines, Follow-up

I promised during class to share the links and resources shown in class, so here you are:


TimeMapper – Umass:

Scroll Kit: http://www.scrollkit.com/

Check out also the cool projects from Miriam Posner’s course:

Digital Labor,
Urban Space,
and Materiality

Also, I had wanted to tell you about a particularly interesting and long standing way to “map time”: Linnaeus’ flower clock.

flowerclocklargeFrom Wikipedia:

Linnaeus’ flower clock was a garden plan hypothesized by Carolus Linnaeus that would take advantage of several plants that open or close their flowers at particular times of the day to accurately indicate the time.[1][2] He proposed the concept in his 1751 publication Philosophia Botanica, calling it the Horologium Florae (lit. “flower clock“).[3][4] He may never have planted such a garden, but the idea was attempted by several botanical gardens in the early 19th century, with mixed success. Many plants exhibit a strong circadian rhythm (see also Chronobiology), and a few have been observed to open at quite a regular time, but the accuracy of such a clock is diminished because flowering time is affected by weather and seasonal effects. The flowering times recorded by Linnaeus are also subject to differences in daylight due to latitude: his measurements are based on flowering times inUppsala, where he taught and had received his university education.”


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