Cape Cod Commission Historical Data Site (Chronology Viewer)


Welcome to an Online Historic Data Site for Cape Cod. This online web
mapping application was created by the Cape Cod Commission as a reference tool
to be used by stakeholders during the five-year update to the
Regional Policy Plan. This is a resource to view historic
trends highlights and maps and has applicability in
future planning, design and regulation on Cape Cod. There are four main components to the Historic
Data Site: statistics, maps, parcel layers and historic data
points setup chronologically. First let’s take a
look at some of the statistics. Data was collected in four categories for all 15 Barnstable County towns.
Parcels, Population, Tax Rates and Assessed Value. The information is displayed annually going back in some
cases as far as 1625 though to the present day. Users can easily
compare few towns for certain time frame. The
results show up instantaneously on the graph, and with a
simple hover over the data point, the details are exposed. In addition to municipal demographic information, we can also look
at historic data, such as the number of cattle and number of sheep
by town and by the entire county. Now let’s move on to the maps. We can start with the built parcels map
and then look at historic topographic and aerial images. In the
geographic content section the user can click on a timetable that
starts with the year 1700, and watch as pinpoints appear on the map. Each point represents a new parcel being
developed. You can view the Cape as parcels are
built out over a 314 year time frame, ending with the
present-day. The GIS-based web mapping application allows you to change your base map, for
example to an aerial view, and zoom in on a
particular town or even neighborhood as development
occurs overtime. The user can zoom out to see the entire
Cape and can move the slider to a certain period in time to see the development patterns emerge. Let’s look at some more maps. We can look
at several different aerial images from the 1930s
to 2012. Using a map selection bar at the bottom of the screen, we can view historic maps of the Cape. Let’s
pick a particular geographic area like Hyannisport. We can see what development the area
looks like in 1938, and then using the slider bar we can choose another view on the right
side of the map and compare the area to another time frame such as 2002. The last part of the Historic Data
site that we’re going to covers is the anecdotal information. Photos an historic data lead out in a
chronological timeline. There are over 200 data points included. Each data point has an icon associated with it. Data points include historic maps,
agriculture, people, town, history, arts, military, landmarks, transportation and economic
development. Data points are also separated into
three broad categories: industry, infrastructure and individuals. You can scroll through the content from the 1600s through to today. When you hover over an
icon, the image or data will appear. Let’s
look at the 1850s. Here’s an image the first town hall in Eastham. We can see
that Mashpee was incorporated in 1871 and we can see when the railroad was extended to Provincetown. Here are some
of the resources use to obtain the datasets incorporated in the online tool. If you have new data
we can incorporate or suggestions on how to improve the
viewer we welcome your feedback.

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