Today marks the official launching of Visualizing Southern Television 2.0, the second version of my project digitally mapping the footprint for television stations in the south between 1946 and 1965. Back in June, I began the process of deconstructing the mapping infrastructure of VST with three main goals: to improve the aesthetics of the mapping system, to introduce a visual representation for station signal range, and to visualize the estimated reach of each tower’s broadcasts, over time, in order to show which geographical areas were within the reach of any given broadcast signal.
Since beginning this process, I have rebuilt VST’s design architecture from the ground up in order to correct two major narrative discrepancies with 1.0. Relying heavily on GeoMashup, 1.0 told a static story of transponders’ locations. VST 2.0 expands that vision to include each transponder’s reach not only in 1946 and 1965, but also in every year between. Visualizing Southern Television 2.0 tells the dynamic story of southern television’s roots, from 1946 through 1965, as it grew into a dominating industry.
Although this concludes my time with Cultural Heritage Informatics, I invite you to keep following the site’s progress over the next few years, as I plan to continue updating its infrastructure and adding station data as I come across it in my research.