Posts Tagged map

Our area for testing

area1This is the area that we’ll be testing the project around.

The area is steeped in history and has a great many historical maps that re kept online for us to access.

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Stumbled across this interesting post as an alternative to using smart phones.  Using radio networks rather than phones to relay GPS information, it’s like a CB version of twitter.

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Victorian Town Plans Overlays

Ian found this at the National Library of Scotland

 Victorian town plans top satellite views

Town plan and satellite view

Elgin satellite and town plan layers.
List of town plans with overlays

The latest feature in their online maps series makes it easy to contrast Victorian Scottish town plans with modern satellite images.

Using image overlays, users can switch between Google Maps, Virtual Earth satellite and map layers and Ordnance Survey plans.

ecaThe 62 large-scale town plans are the earliest and most detailed OS mapping ever published. In total there are 1,900 sheets produced from a survey between 1847 and 1895. We have accurately positioned them to create a seamless layer on top of the satellite and maps layer.

Users can also search the OS large scale town plans using a zoomable map and a street gazetteer and by National Grid Reference.

This is Edinburgh College of Art with the cattle market.

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Hear Planet for iPhone

This is kinda fun for the iPhone - its plays wikipedia citations according to the geo-location information.

Obviously many of these are historical.

I’ll install on my iphone and feedback after wandering the streets of edinburgh!

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Data visualisations in Time and Space

Just as a follow on from yesterdays post I came across this interesting project - Synchronous Objects via One Floor Up

The Cued Annontations view is really interesting, looking at how the dancers react to one another and how that is mapped using cue sheets and video.

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Data Visualisations and Time

As time will be one of the navigation elements in the project I was having a look through some implementations in other projects. I came across this rather interesting timeline of timelines.

Smashing magazine have done a couple of round ups of interesting data visualisations.

Infostheics has a whole series of really interesting data visualisations and they have a great set of bookmarks worth viewing for inspiration.

The Guardian also had this interesting post on the future of map design.

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Situationists City

An interesting thought that springs to mind about the experience of walking a city but using a map that doesn’t ‘match’ the actual space, is Guy Debord and his writings upon the Situationists International.

A classic example might be Debord’s friend who walk Germany with a map of London…

“The production of psychogeographic maps, or even the introduction of alterations such as more or less arbitrarily transposing maps of two different regions, can contribute to clarifying certain wanderings that express not subordination to randomness but complete insubordination to habitual influences (influences generally categorized as tourism that popular drug as repugnant as sports or buying on credit). A friend recently told me that he had just wandered through the Harz region of Germany while blindly following the directions of a map of London This sort of game is obviously only a mediocre beginning in comparison to the complete construction of architecture and urbanism that will someday be within the power of everyone.”
Guy-Ernest Debord, Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography

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