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What Is Neogeography


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For David Percy, URISA GIS Oregon Developers group. Was asked to speak about some of the bottom up phenomena to complement the GIS expertise this group already had. Spoke to motives and pressures …

For David Percy, URISA GIS Oregon Developers group. Was asked to speak about some of the bottom up phenomena to complement the GIS expertise this group already had. Spoke to motives and pressures that are encouraging people to become citizen mappers.

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  • 1. what is neogeography?   (415) 215 4856    march 7th 2008
  • 2. what does google say?  Andrew Turner (Mapufacture) has some thoughts:  neogeography-and-gis  ”geographical techniques and tools used for personal activities or for utilization by a non- expert group of users; not formal or analytical”
  • 3. can buzzwords capture it?  openstreetmaps, openlayers, kml, georss, microformats, ”community versus committee”, exploration, explanation, digitization, democratization, web 2.0, open data, creative commons, citizen mapping, renaissance, social, grassroots, gis, gps, ”wiki as a universal solvent”, socialight, platial, plazes, flickr, google mymaps, world66, fireeagle, mapufacture, osgeo, geocodr???
  • 4. is openstreetmaps it?  free labour  free source code  open standards  open data  new standards, schemas and protocols  sparked by ordance survey  ”wiki like”
  • 5. is it merely an opposition?  to the role of being just a consumer?  to boundary makers that cut apart ecosystems, economies and communities?  to industrial cartography?  to manufacturing perception?  to licensing issues?
  • 6. the industry struggles  still evolving language such as ”volunteered geographic information”  industry extends to meet new needs (tiling, wfs-t...)  amateurs do adopt standards eventually
  • 7. it may be a language?  a kind of l33t speak  a way to socialize  ownership over terms  with freedom to steal  & freedom to rewrite  just people talking  like social practice art
  • 8. mapping the unmapped  volatile and transient  censured; grafitti  subjective; histories  illegal; criticism  copyrighted; britain  ephemeral; first love
  • 9. a response to obstacles?  scaling to allow many participants  signalling other people in real time  noise and spam  rights and trust
  • 10. the scaling problem  how do you let a million people contribute in real time to a map?  velocity, quality, cost-savings -> pick 2  ”good enough” is the enemy of best  see wikipedia, linux, craigslist, delicious...  we see distributed, non-centralized, aggregation centric strategies
  • 11. the signalling problem  the voice we had when we lived in small towns  being able to stick a fistful of dollars in the air  emerging real-time brokerages; fireeagle etc  towards craigslist 2.0  just in time negotiation; finding that hotel room  landing at the airport in that strange new place
  • 12. the noise problem  my god it's full of spam  (hint; knowing where starbucks is - this is spam)  existing social networks can help filter  previously seen interests can help filter  apprehending the world from somebody elses point of view
  • 13. the rights problem  unabdicate ownership over representation  reclaim responsibility to map ourselves  shows how important creative commons licensing will become  ”salmon nation” is a good example
  • 14. the trust problem  when it affects your life – do you trust it?  who made the maps? do you trust them?  Secrets and reciprocal disclosure...
  • 15. towards future maps  we may all begin to map every day all the time  maps become a language between peers  maps become more like video games  maps help placemaking not just placemarking  maps help us see how to reach a 'middle way' between forest preserve and urban jungle  professionals utilize ”eyeballs on the ground” more.
  • 16. my hope and interest  maps become a way for all of us to collect ground truth about our ecosystems; to participate and to care more  maps may even become predictive modelling tools to help make argument  maps become an equalizer between parties of vastly different scales when talking about land use policy  we may understand and respect each others and our planets needs better
  • 17. Wherecamp 2008!  Google Campus  May 17th 2008  Free!  All weekend – camp over if you wish  Geek out, hack, socialize in an extended setting
  • 18. a few fun links       
  • 19. reaching me   (415) 215 4856     This presentation will appear on