It’s About Time For Time. Google Earth launches Timenav.

Tomorrow I give my presentation at FOSS4G, It’s About Time for Time. Time at a GIS Conference? Just about every topic and data set amenable to spatial analysis and visualization also has significant change and temporal aspects. It’s a complex topic, we don’t have all the answers, which has stalled wider experimentation in time in GIS. I don’t think we should be afraid to hack and make mistakes, and I’m going to suggest a few simple, iterative ideas for dealing with time.

Google Earth has chosen to announce its new version, with simple time support (!), to coincide with my talk ;). If you load up this KML conversion of a GPX trace of a walk we took in Baharona, Dominican Republic, you can play around with the new time slider UI widget. Pretty awesome!