Sunday, February 21, 2010


Reading the article by Julian Bleeker, 'A Design Approach for the Geospatial Web,' was exciting and stimulated my creative juices. What possibilities are there for collaborative mobile mapping?

What if everyone on Clemson Campus could "tag" locations easily on a mobile, collaborative mapping application that would upload them to a common, collaboratively-created map? For example:

The "I would love to see a sitting space [HERE]" map.


And the person has voted, and tagged a spot, including user info (to control for one person overtagging or "multiple voting" relative to others).

A map idea I had in while living in the Carrboro, NC area had to do with preserving sacred spaces in the city. If each person could "vote" on their favorite (single or multiple) "sacred spaces" in the city, would that not lead to an emergent collective awareness, as well as some possibly unique and yet highly citizen-appropriate directions for planning and preservation? I would have marked a certain rock formation in a certain stream in a certain part of a certain park in Carrboro. Someone else may have marked their favorite "sitting and contemplating" spot. The uses for that data could re-define how we see ourselves as a people and as a citizenry.

In the article, interestingly, is the inclusion of craigslist as a location-mapping application. It does not use GIS -- and yet is tagging locations and making connections with every new entry.

What other things did you think of when reading this article? How could GIS, non-GIS, mobile phones, handhelds, ISP addresses, iPhoto tags, blogs with location tags, an other technologies evolve into novel ways-of-seeing, understanding, and interacting in the future?

How could they enhance other projects you have considered or are engaged in?

1 comment:


    Social networks are an excellent resource for collective data. There are tons of visualizations of these networks (shown in the link above). These mappings elude to a social space (cyberspace if you will) that does not exist as a geographic map. How could these social networks be combined with cartographic maps in order to reveal these social networks in a more 'accurate' way?