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This was a five minute presentation that started off a session that I led at WhereCamp 2010 called "Maps and play: mapping social and strategic spaces." The key idea is that emerging metaphor for …

This was a five minute presentation that started off a session that I led at WhereCamp 2010 called "Maps and play: mapping social and strategic spaces." The key idea is that emerging metaphor for interacting with location-based services has been the list, not the map. My theory is that this is because google-maps type maps are not the most suited for social and strategic spaces. But then what kind of maps are? We had a great discussion and the notes are at http://notepad.smedresmania.com.

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  • 1. MAPS AND PLAY How to effectively map non-geographical landscapes? (social / strategic / etc..)
  • 2. THE EVOLUTION OF LBS First Try Dodgeball, Latitude, etc. D “Friends on a map”
  • 3. THE EVOLUTION OF LBS First Try Second Try Latitude, Loopt, etc. Foursquare, etc. D “Friends on a map” “List of places”
  • 4. THE EVOLUTION OF LBS The second try is taking off more than the first. Why? D
  • 5. GEOGRAPHICAL MAPPING Needs being addressed: - Orient Directionally - Gauge Distances - Orient to physical landmarks - Identify transit routes <- Pretty good! D
  • 6. SOCIAL MAPPING Needs being addressed: - Orient Socially - Nearby places <- TMI! <- Important info gets lost D
  • 7. SOCIAL MAPPING Needs being addressed: - Orient Socially - Nearby places <- Does the job. <- But the best we can do? D
  • 8. WHAT I HOPE TO COVER - Use cases for non-geographic landscapes? (games, etc) - What dimensions do we need to map? - Effective ways to map non-geographic landscapes? - Explore outside the Mercator/GMaps projections - How to best communicate using maps? - Keep it concrete: what can we do with existing tech?
  • 9. IDEAS FOR DISCUSSION Psychogeography Social traces Re-projection Social graph Cartoons Diagrams