Popular GIS

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With the advent of Google Maps, and other similar services, GIS became part of main stream digital culture. Now millions of Internet users, all with no formal GIS training, interact with spatial information on a daily basis. Sharing and collaboration involving spatial data has become a key feature of "social networking" and the "Web 2.0" movement. This presentation explores examples of how Internet users have colonized digital representations of physical space in order to express their identities online. Marshall Mcluhan said that people gave greater focus to their visual faculty, at the expense of our other senses, following the advent of the printing press. Understanding popular GIS holds part of the answer to the question: How is humanity changing as our attention is increasingly focused on imaginary spaces - even if the imaginary spaces are loosely based on real space?

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  • Introduction Not a GIS or geography professional This is not a historical study
  • Popular GIS

    1. 2. Spatial Data http://flickr.com/photos/chubbybat/
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    3. 4. Popular digital culture http://flickr.com/photos/m68000/
    4. 5. =
    5. 6. Popular GIS
    6. 7. History http://flickr.com/photos/kt/
    7. 8. http://flickr.com/photos/ninecormorants/ Canada
    8. 10. www.geonames.com
    9. 12. http://www.srd.gov.ab.ca/land/g_data-catalogue_avi.html
    10. 18. Hobbies http://flickr.com/photos/80322373@N00/
    11. 19. http://flickr.com/photos/pdcawley/
    12. 25. http://flickr.com/photos/tonx/
    13. 27. A man through maps http://flickr.com/photos/dogseat/
    14. 28. Social
    15. 29. Factor 1: Low cost consumer GPS units
    16. 32. Factor 2: Free and easy to use spatial data
    17. 40. Factor 3: Social computing (not GIS specific)
    18. 42. http://flickr.com/photos/lij/
    19. 44. Factor 4: The rise of the API (not GIS specific)
    20. 45. http://flickr.com/photos/kosmar/
    21. 46. Made possible by APIs http://flickr.com/photos/jazzmasterson/
    22. 47. <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC &quot;-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN&quot; &quot;http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd&quot;> <html xmlns=&quot;http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml&quot;> <head> <meta http-equiv=&quot;content-type&quot; content=&quot;text/html; charset=utf-8&quot;/> <title>Google Maps JavaScript API Example</title> <script src=&quot;http://maps.google.com/maps?file=api&amp;v=2&amp;key=abcdefg&quot; type=&quot;text/javascript&quot;></script> <script type=&quot;text/javascript&quot;> //<![CDATA[ function load() { if (GBrowserIsCompatible()) { var map = new GMap2(document.getElementById(&quot;map&quot;)); map.setCenter(new GLatLng(37.4419, -122.1419), 13); } } //]]> </script> </head> <body onload=&quot;load()&quot; onunload=&quot;GUnload()&quot;> <div id=&quot;map&quot; style=&quot;width: 500px; height: 300px&quot;></div> </body> </html> Google Maps JavaScript
    23. 48. <?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;UTF-8&quot;?> <kml xmlns=&quot;http://earth.google.com/kml/2.1&quot;> <Document> <Placemark id=&quot;pm123&quot;> <name>point123</name> <Point> <coordinates>-95.44,40.42,0</coordinates> </Point> </Placemark> <Placemark id=&quot;pm456&quot;> <name>point456</name> <Point> <coordinates>-95.43,40.42,0</coordinates> </Point> </Placemark> </Document> </kml> Simple KML example
    24. 49. Popular GIS fly-through http://flickr.com/photos/alikaragoz/ 1-6
    25. 50. Collaborative databases http://flickr.com/photos/kafka4prez/ 1
    26. 51. www.geonames.com
    27. 53. Extensions http://flickr.com/photos/splorp/ 2
    28. 56. Mashups http://flickr.com/photos/ekai/ 3
    29. 61. http://www.flickr.com/photos/revdancatt/
    30. 63. Maptivism http://flickr.com/photos/hughes_leglise/ 4
    31. 66. Art http://flickr.com/photos/beals/ 5
    32. 67. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/download.php?Number=739397&t=k&om=1
    33. 68. http://flickr.com/photos/julianbleecker/
    34. 69. http://www.nikolasschiller.com/blog/index.php/archives/2007/03/15/975/0
    35. 70. Memory http://flickr.com/photos/drp/ 6
    36. 72. http://flickr.com/photos/zippy/ There are issues
    37. 75. Conclusions http://flickr.com/photos/dogseat/
    38. 76. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan ...[I]f a new technology extends one or more of our senses outside us into the social world, then new ratios among all of our senses will occur in that particular culture. It is comparable to what happens when a new note is added to a melody. And when the sense ratios alter in any culture then what had appeared lucid before may suddenly become opaque, and what had been vague or opaque will become translucent. - The Gutenburg Galaxy
    39. 77. Popular GIS Chris Hammond-Thrasher USP Library < [email_address] > < [email_address] > March 2007

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