A SPATIO-TEMPORAL WEB APPLICATION FOR THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE FORMATION OF THE PARISIAN METROPOLIS
Keywords: Computer graphics, HCI, Photogrammetry, Aerial imagery, Digital humanities, Urban history, Population census
Abstract. This article presents a spatio-temporal web application dedicated to the co-exploitation of heterogeneous data spatialized in a common 3D environment, providing several paradigms for supporting their co-visualization and interactions within the 3D environment and across time. The relevance of this tool is demonstrated here with two use cases involving historians and sociologists with the common objective of better understanding the formation of the Parisian metropolis. The study focuses on the evolution of the city of Nanterre (Paris area), which underwent many changes in the 1950s, and in particular on shantytown areas. Through census as statistical data and aerial imagery as visual data, a group of historians and sociologists experimented the relevance of the joint exploitation of those heterogeneous data within the proposed spatio-temporal web application.