Psychogeographical Markup Language

What is PML?

PML is a protocol that can be used to capture meaningful psychogeographical [meta]data about urban space. PML is a unified system of classification that lurks behind the psychogeogram: the diagrammatic representation of psychogeographically experienced space.

PML is the base layer for a psychogeographical content management system that can
1) be used to transform a mass of subjective data into an objective representation
2) be used as an engine that, after being fed certain parameters, generates new psychogeographical drifts
3) be used to develop further a cartography that negates the territory
4) be datamined to show never before suspected patterns in the urban fabric  
5) be turned into a knowledge base on urban environments
6) be fired up into a new mythology for urban space
7) be used to take the fingerprint of a city
8) make searchable urban features & experiences by means of the semantic web

PML should enable the international psychogeographic community to document walks according to a fixed protocol that is able to record sensible, relevant & location specific information about what makes a space/place tick. By using a protocol it becomes possible to compare different PML datasets about the same place in different times. This turns PML into an objective tool to measure psychogeographical effects over time; for instance before & after urban redevelopment. PML does contain the possibility for including illustrations (photo’s/video/GIS) but is not image dependent.

PML incorporates work done in fields like annotated space, geo-tagging, mental mapping, GIS & collaborative mapping but is different in that it aims at the invisible & the absurd.

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