This is a repost of a mail to the Simile mailing list.
The Live Earthquake Mashup at
is, I think, one of the oldest applications (in the wild and still alive, at least) which uses Simile Timeline. It has been constantly running since March 2007. And it's starting to get old and needs someone to take care of it.
I know what you are thinking: Earthquake Mashup? BORING!! Probably. After all, this is the classic "hello world" example in "How to write Mashups in 20 Minutes". But over time, this mashup has achieved a nice constant level of usage, that usually skyrockets in the wake of big events (http://thebloeg.blogspot.com/2011/03/ooooh-that-ripped.html). So I guess it actually covers some kind of demand. And I think compared to its contenders, thanks to the Timeline widget, it looks pretty cool...
But to provide this service for some more years, the mashup needs an overhaul. Most urgent is probably a switch to current APIs, it still uses Timeline 1.x and Google Maps API 2.x. And compatibility with modern browsers (especially those in mobile devices) needs to be checked and improved. And I have a few other ideas. But unfortunately not the time, anymore...
I have set up a Google Project at
and collected a few ideas in the Wiki. If you like to contribute to or take over this project, please let me know, so we can discuss the details.