Locative media workshop – part II


Locative media Workshop

DATE: April, 1st, 2004
LOCATION: urbis, Manchester


Chris Heathcote
The forgotten role of humans in collaborative cartography

Most of the project running at the moment concentrated in the way information can be added to the system other than contcentrating in the way we can retreive and display the information.

My idea is to get the rough location from the system and then ask people to refine. Mental models can be places and things, not postcodes and streets numbers, certainly not GPS. Eventually street crossing and shops names.

Chunckability -. find a way to slice the problem into manageable chunks. Example: London A-Z.

Accuracey might be set between 50-100 meters. Allow questioning and disputes. Someone has to have the final say. Data expiry. The data ownership is also another big problem. Be upfront for future uses. Codify assignments, copyrights and method to change constitution. Creative Commons. [This legal aspect of the ownership is a critical aspect][see wikipedia licence]

London data garden -> increasing scale makes technology harder. How much data before the system is udeful. Accessibility and cost of access.

Tangibility -> sense nearby data. create tangible explanation – map, boundaries. Look at existing intangible systems. Geowarchalking.

Participation -> cost of participation. turn casual users into participants, 2% have to care. Solve a real problem. Be PR friendly. gets blogged encrease the existance of your project. Journalists are currently scanning blogs for new ideas.

creating communities -> creators, coders, and users. More people participate, more community feel is needed. Communities need real-world participation.

future issues: technology scale, funding /making money, stealing, overhelpful collaborators, politics, popularity.

chris (at) @anti-mega.com – geowanking mailing list

Openguides.org -> Jo Walsh?
The project is about collaborative cartography using wiki
The project has also an rdf aggregator for a particular zone. The posts are not displayed in a map style but this feature may be added at some point.
–semantic approach to locative stuff

A mapping system for a blog.

Mirjam -> shrinking cities
Digital media restructure the public spaces. Through the new media we can make people interact and get to know each-other in a different way.

The donuts effect is when people move out from the center of the city. There is a bounch of techniques which were used to overcome this effect, like, for instance, to place artificial old buildings to change the streetscape.

Urban futures by Milson Miles

Art projects for public spaces can be also something else than art. This art can be used to tide the citizen into a different perspective.

John Urry, sociologist, lancaster university, boo:k consuming places.

REFERENCES: {as documents / sites are referenced add them below}

http://www.zoomify.com/ ?