A Family Affair: Building a web application for the visual exploration of the geographies of Scottish family histories.
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Ancestral research ranks amongst the most popular hobbies in the world and the market is currently still growing. Exploring the social, economic and geographical context of an ancestor via online services or with physical maps is viewed as an integral part of the hobby. This project aims to address the problem raised when exploring the complex geographies of a family history and in doing so, fill a gap in the market between historical record searches and services based around clans, tartans and heraldry. A single-page web application was implemented using Angular.js, with D3.js used to produce an interactive geographical visualisation using web standard technologies. Results indicate that the application provides a strong technical base upon which further refinements to the graphical user interface and user experience should be made.
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