Our recent work reminded me of this project that started a few years ago. Crowdsourcing and points of interest are really nothing new to the social web, but I thought this project was really interesting in that it actually allows you to edit the existing geographic structure. As shown in the picture below, if you find inconsistencies between your map and the real world, you can go ahead and change it for yourself. This really calls into question the role of the cartographer, as we discussed during the readings on Tuesday. Not only is his role removed, but his original work can actually be changed.
Hey guys, This is the video I mentioned in class that our physics professor showed us just yesterday. It uses a circle rather than a square for the scaling and is narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Number of scientific paper citations [height] overlaid on the streetplan of the Harvard Medical School campus. Color [gray to blue] indicates number of papers in which the first and last authors were in the same building .
Data collection: "Gathering data was much harder than Lee expected. A team of 15 undergraduates used floor plans, staff directories, and their feet to track down the specific office and laboratory addresses of the 7,300 Harvard authors across several Harvard campuses and Massachussetts General Hospital, as well as addresses for the non-Harvard scientists included in the study."
Did the undergraduates get authorship? Noooooo......
Unfortuately the link to the interactive map is broken. Paper located here
Michael Hansmeyer explores new procedural approaches of generating architectural forms by utilizing computational visualization tools. Unlike, Sabin however, his forms are generated by less biological means. Check out his web site for more.
"Cathedral Scan" translates the architectural plans of Gothic cathedrals into open-ended musical scores via custom software. Treating the plans as a kind of map, in the live performance Carrington navigates through them to create diverse rhythms, drones and textures."
Michael Krygier, Associate Professor of Geography at Ohio Wesleyan University has compiled quite a lot about maps, including these videos, Drilling Atlas and Sawed Atlas. Much more at his blog, Making Maps. Another good resource is Katharine Harmon's The Map As Art.
Image above from German architect, Aram Bartholl.