Timemap is an open-source mapping software applet that enables people from all over the world to come up with a wide number of ways to map an idea or a phenomenon over time. Timemap is really all about taking the age-old technology of mapping, and bringing it to the modern world. If you’ve ever tried to map out or diagram an idea, you know that it can get quite problematic.

It’s not as easy as you think. It’s not a simple matter of just going from point A to point B, discussing one thing right before another, or discussing things in sequence. Proper mapping really ultimately boils down to working with how other people perceive a phenomenon.Then, organizing these materials in such a way that it can be easily and clearly seized and understood. There’s a lot going on.


In many cases, when people look at a point in a map, they often work with their biases, or with the information and pre-existing thinking that they bring to the table. Most of the time, it’s very hard for people to appreciate an item with a fresh set of eyes. They have to look at it based on a context that they’ve set up for it, or from a framework that they themselves carry around with them. Considering all these obstacles, as well as the fact that people would have to jump through many different hoops and hurdles, just so they can properly understand something.


That sounds like quite a bit of an introduction. It seems like it’s somewhat a problematic explanation. Are things really that bad? Well, it is because when you’re trying to project contemporary or even historical information, it’s just too easy to get caught up in the static view that you see in front of you. This operates on many different levels. It’s not only static in terms of graphics, but also in the style it contains in terms of the ideas that you allow yourself to become aware of. High-quality mapping challenges people in addition to informing them. You have to understand that.


Information from the source to the recipient, but it goes beyond that. It’s all about challenging the recipient, so they themselves open up more to information and understand it in clear terms. Information is only good if it can be acted on, people experience it and have some sort of deep personal reaction to it. That’s how information works because it can be transformative, have an impact on what we went before, what’s going on now, and what will happen long into the future. These are the concerns that Timemap is built around. It really all boils down to a methodology.

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We have become frustrated with putting information on a grid and map. Eventually, a lot of the information that we would like to see doesn’t make it to the map. This happens not because that the map is somehow, in some way defective, or that map is some limited. Rather, it’s if we’re dealing with a crisis of imagination.

We just dismissed a lot of things in terms of their possibility. So, by looking at the typical map with a fresh set of eyes and an open mind, we came up with a methodology that works with frameworks instead.

The problem with the typical map is that you already know the parameters at some point. You already know the coordinates, or where things fall. You know these in a rough manner that it’s too much of an assumption to make. So, we look at mapping based on open frameworks where positioning is all relative. As long as you know one position, everything else would flow from it.

Additionally, in real time, we can evolve the map based on other people’s inputs as it organically manifests itself into increasing levels of accuracy. Put simply, the map is a graphical depiction of a community of responses based on people from all over the world with all sorts of agendas and experiences.


Compare this with a typical map that is locked into the prejudices, biases and context of the person who came up with the map in the first place. This communal framework made possible by the internet really is quite revolutionary, and we’re so excited by this project that we have offered it to the public in an open-source way.

This way, when you come up with some sort of innovation or significant and useful modification of the code, other people get access to it, and the framework continues to grow.

Time mapping and other coordinates, like value, appreciation, degradation, entropy, and a wide range of competing, non-linear values, make time mapping so awesome. It is a work in progress, and it continues to evolve as more and more people share their innovations. This is really the whole point of this website.

We understand that this technology has a lot of room for improvement and many open spaces for further growth. We’re not denying that, and we are completely aware. This is why we would like to create and maintain an open space where people from all over the world can improve on the time mapping methodologies

We are firm believers in the idea that two heads are better than one. We understand that when an idea is shared, it can grow in power and value. The more ideas are bounced, around the more they change, the more they can be applied in a wide range of situations, and the more lives they touch.

Share your ideas with us. The more you share your ideas, the more they grow in value because as to the contexts that they can apply to, you’ll be surprised as to how many implementations there are. By creating this open framework, we expect this exchange of ideas to produce even better iterations of the time mapping and technology that we have come up with. The more we share, the more the software improves.


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