New Explore App on the way!
The Keweenaw Time Traveler Team in partnership with Monte Consulting have been developing a brand new version of the Explore App working to provide a more immersive mapping experience as well as make more historical data available to the public.
Monte Consulting is a nationally recognized web developer located right here in Houghton! They have been working to develop a beautiful interface powerful enough to deliver the data-rich “deep mapping” experience, and intuitive enough to make it all seem simple. As development of the new application moves towards its final stages the KeTT team are hosting charrettes to try out the new design. Look for more information to come!
A lot of work is also going on behind the scenes to make more historical data available when the new application is released. Faculty, staff, and students in Michigan Tech's Geospatial Research Facility have been developing historical data sets to be mapped. An amazing set of records from the Calumet Schools have been transcribed and mapped. Census records from 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 are almost complete. A set of almost 40,000 Calumet & Hecla employee cards are also being digitized, transcribed, and mapped thanks to a major grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources. Most importantly, the individual names in all of these records are being connected to one another and to residences on the maps so you will be able to see connections between people and places over time. Thanks to generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities and additional funding from the Advisory Commission of the Keweenaw National Historical Park, our new interface will provide access to over 447,000 historical records and a wide variety of historical maps!
Look forward to more updates as we get closer to launch!