media about maps
Nicholas Carr’s new book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains , examines how our intellectual technologies—the tools we use to find, store, and share information—influence the way that we think, from the map and the clock to the book and the Internet. In this excerpt, Carr looks at the map’s far-reaching effects on the intellectual lives of our ancestors. A child takes a crayon from a box and scribbles a yellow circle in the corner of a sheet of paper: this is the sun. She takes another crayon and draws a green squiggle through the center of the page: this is the horizon. Cutting through the horizon she draws two brown lines that come together in a jagged peak: this is a mountain.
On December 14th 2009 De Balie – an Amsterdam-based center for culture and politics – organized an evening about old and new cartographies . Participants were Ferjan Ormeling (Emeritus Professor Cartography, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University), Henk van Houtum (Associate Professor of Geopolitics and Political Geography, Head of the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research), Maarten Keulemans (science journalist), Jelle Reumer (director Natural Museum Rotterdam, Special Professor at Utrecht University), Lucas Keijning ( NEMO science center ), and me. The evening was lead by Volkskrant journalist Martijn van Calmthout . The evening was set up as a prelude to the presentation of a new world map the day after in The Hague. From the announcement: We have been making maps for centuries, to establish territorial borders or mark safe routes.
John Markoff wrote an article in the NY Times “The Cellphone, Navigating Our Lives”. He calls the cellphone “the world’s most ubiquitous computer”, since the 4 billion subscriber mark has been reached recently – or even a while ago according to another research agency. Although it is a fact that most of these 4 billion people do not use smartphones able to do more advanced computing task, it is indeed an interesting thought to consider the mobile device as the actual incarnation of the ubicomp vision, as has already been argued by Bell & Dourish (pdf file: ‘Yesterdays Tomorrows’). Markoff argues that it is no longer the desktop that is the main metaphor for organizing information but the map:
According to the China Daily , 18 domestic companies in China have received licenses to provide online and/or mobile mapping services in Mainland China, the first such licenses awarded since new regulations were put in place that requires such services to be pre-approved by the government. The State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM) approved the licenses, which apparently all went to smaller providers, as even China’s leading search engine (and one of it’s leading map services) Baidu has yet to receive approval (no info on whether DDMap, another large provider has received approval yet either).
By Wang Xing and Chen Limin (China Daily) Updated: 2010-06-24 06:07
8bitnyc is a fully interactive map of New York City that lets you drag, search and zoom in and out just like Google Maps.
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A new Google Maps -based web app has placemarks for major locations mentioned in hip hop lyrics, plus the inside story behind each place and the song that named it. It's called " The Rap Map ," and its database is by far strongest in New York City. That's partly because New York City is an important locale in hip hop history, but we have to admit we're a little disappointed with the volume of entries for Los Angeles and Chicago, two other cities with incredible histories documented in rap music. That said, the map is less than a week old and users can suggest locations, so the entries will probably expand in the future. The app was created by Rap Genius , a website dedicated to the history, meanings and stories embedded in hip hop song lyrics. It's a natural extension for the website's mission, of course, and just another neat example of how web apps like Google Maps and the developer tools that come with them can be used creatively.
Doctor Who time travels of the Doctor: Information is Beautiful gets the data - what can you do? Illustration: David McCandless for the Guardian Last year, I created a visualisation of Time travel in TV & Films . You know. Star Trek, Back To The Future, Planet Of The Apes etc. I deliberately left out Doctor Who .
Cartographie du type TimeLine